Drinking, thinking, they seem to go hand in hand (ish, sometimes) but on Wednesday night (26th Feb - tonight/tomorrow/when did you go to bed?) BA Design for Interaction and Moving Image students at LCC; London’s Science Museum; and the Francis Crick Institute are going to bring you a super night.
The night will kick off at 18:45 at the Science Museum on Exhibition Road in Kensington and will showcase interactive student work, plus live music, a pub quiz, Punk Science comedy shows, and a silent disco!
Above: Work in progress
Above: a sneak peek of Heartbeat Orchestra
It is free and with no booking - so get yourself down for a night of booze and braininess!
Today UAL Meets hosted a Q&A with Whitechapel Gallery curator Iwona Blazwick. With her incredible anecdotes and enviable career, the elephant in the room was the question: "How can I be you?!" Fortunately nobody asked quite so explicitly, but she shared some pointers for artists, curators and creatives - and here they are, in case you missed it!
(Photograph: Paul Harmer)
Iwona trained as an artist (studying BA Fine Art and Literature) and after graduating worked as a receptionist and making art in the evenings for a year. She decided that her work was ‘derivative' and she’d never be a great artist but wanted to work within the industry. She got to where she is by constantly looking at art, reading about it, and finding out more - and states that with London as a resource that’s simple.
What advice would she give us? Co-operate with each other; take initiative like the artist who hosted his own exhibition in his kitchen, or Damien Hirst who rounded up his pals to show together for the first Frieze; be generous with those around you. Take advantage of cheap travel, and do go to international Biennale’s (like Morocco next month if you’re feeling flush, otherwise Liverpool in July.)
Calling all industrial, 3d and product designers, architects, innovation managers, spatial and service designers: entries are now open for the 2014 Mayor of London’s Low Carbon Entrepreneur competition!
The Mayor of London’s Low Carbon Entrepreneur 2014 competition, in partnership with Siemens, is looking for innovative ideas to help reduce London’s CO2 emissions by 60 per cent before 2025. Open to London’s further and higher education students and recent graduates, there’s a £20k prize for the overall winner and 20 of the best runners up will be shortlisted for a chance at one of up to six paid internships at award sponsors Siemens’ The Crystal. Everyone who enters will be given the chance of training to present their ideas at special events with other students from across London. All finalists will be fast tracked to be a potential London Leader.
Deadline for applications is the 28th March 2014. It is free to enter and there is no limit to the number of ideas any individual or group can submit. A shortlist will be selected by experts before the winner is picked by our high profile judging panel in a Dragon’s Den style event in May 2014. Throughout the year the organisers will offer training opportunities to potential applicants and any student who signs up to be an ambassador can also compete for two weeks work experience at London City Hall. Current students or recent graduates aged 18 or over are encouraged to submit innovative ideas in the following categories:
1. Product design
2. Transport in the city
3. Materials/reuse and recycling/circular economies
4. Behaviour change/networking
5. Energy efficiency/capture/generation
6. Food/food waste
7. Water management
Further information and regular updates can be found on the Mayor of London website. You can also email the delivery team directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries and suggestions.
I know - it’s not gone Christmas yet. But tickets for New Years Eve events are selling fast, and you don’t want to miss out, right?
So if you’re already pondering how to say “move over, 2013” - read on.
London’s annual firework display is a popular choice and certainly a cheap option (you can bring your own booze so long as it’s not in glass) but be warned that it’s packed by about 9pm and the queue for the toilets is extraordinary (so you’ll need a bladder of steel or a lot of patience.)
You may want to book early if planning a night out, so let the search begin. To make it a bit easier - do you like power ballads? If so, be sure to check out Guilty Pleasures VS Ultimate Power at The Forum in Kentish Town. No? Fine, keep reading then.
Breaking news! Christmas is an expensive time of year. Ok, maybe you’ve realised this already.
If you’re still in London and scared of leaving the house in fear of buying presents then check out these free exhibitions before they close in January.
If you’ve not yet seen the work of this years Turner Prize winner, head down to this friendly Old Street gallery and watch Monolog (2009). I challenge you to not be charmed by French-born Prouvost’s addresses to the audience (you.)
Until 17th January 2014
Image via Ayushveda
BBC Radio Four are recording a debate near Elephant & Castle on the topic ‘Whatever happened to community?’ Taking place at St. Mary’s Church, Kennington Park Road on 16 December at 3.30pm, it will feature perspectives from Baroness Warsi (Minister for Faith and Communities), Hilary Benn (Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government), Jane Wills (Professor of Human Geography at Queen Mary, University of London) and Roger Scruton (writer and philosopher) about what community is and what it means in 21st century Britain.
The debate will be hosted by Dr Giles Fraser, who is the priest-in-charge at St Mary’s, and it will explore the nature of community – are communities in crisis in modern Britain? What can government do to strengthen community bonds? Or must change come from grass roots and local organisers? If you live, work or study in the area this is a great opportunity to explore what community means in Elephant & Castle and surrounds and ask the panel a question.
Tickets for this recording are free, but need to be booked in advance by emailing Loftus Media: email@example.com with:
Alternatively you can contact Loftus Media on 020 8740 4666
Time to start abusing your free time! Here’s some things you could check out in the immediate future of this holiday.
East End Thrift Store £1 Sale - today and tomorrow
£1 entry, but then 25 tonnes of vintage to rifle through. Great if you need to stock up on winter warmers without ruining your Xmas gift-buying budget.
Christmas Indoor Market at Lucky Me, Hackney Wick, tomorrow
A newly opened ‘Art project, bar, and event space’ - there’ll be an indoor market every Sunday for food, drink, socialising and making stuff. If you’ve not had any mulled wine/cider yet this season, they have that too!
Goldsmiths Photography exhibition, Dalston, opening Monday 9th December 6-9pm
Everybody loves a private view (one word: wine) and I know it’s not UAL - but a good chance to check out the competition and keep your creative brains in gear!
Hackney Attic Christmas Events - throughout December
I don’t even know which bit to share… open mic storytelling, film quiz, BBC Question Time watchalong, 'Blizzard of Oz' (I don’t even know how to describe this - sketching/theatre/music/dancing!) - I hope I’ve made my point, there’s a lot of fun things happening!
St George’s Church WC1A, Dec 5th, 2-5pm
If you’re looking for handmade, arty Christmas gifts made by fellow UAL students you’ll love our Christmas Market. Join us for a festive afternoon of gift giving and selling and find presents perfect for family and friends alike, and maybe even baked goods!