Easter for Adults

Easter as a kid was great, wasn’t it?  Your parents got a few more days off work to take you on Easter egg hunts, sometimes there was face painting, and all sorts of fun, maybe a trip to church, almost certainly a roast dinner or a family meal.

But what’s on in London this long weekend if you don’t have kids (and want to spend time around them) but you still want to celebrate the glorious weather and the last weekend before term?  From ping-pong to cider to kilo shopping to outdoor music, find something for you this weekend.

Club nights everywhere are hosting their ‘Easter-eggstravaganzas’ (or similar witty titles) but tonight there is a gin & vodka tasting event at Climpson’s Arch in Hackney – and there’s also a BBQ.  What better way to enjoy the weather?  This kicks off their weekend events that also include DJs and brunch. 
If you aren’t a fan of the strong stuff but still fancy drinking in the sun then check out the cider festival at Crate Brewery in Hackney Wick (also boasting a BBQ) all day on Saturday & Sunday.

Berwick Street Record Store Day on Saturday offers a free outdoor gig with appearances from Cass Art, Jerusalem Falafel and Pizza Pilgrims.

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Open Mic Nights in London – UAL and beyond!

Looking for something new to check out in London?  Weekly open mic night in Borough, and two one off events this month organised by UAL students.

Last night, after nearly a year of my friends raving about it, I visited Bang Said The Gun – a weekly event of stand up poetry “for people who love poetry or, for that matter, hate it…” And that’s a relief, because one of my friends would never have gone if I said it was poetry and was devastated when I revealed it was £5 for a student ticket (£7 otherwise.)  Fortunately regular check-ups with him confirmed it was “more like going to watch comedy but with more iambic pentameter and rhyme, and well worth the money.

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Culture & Education Events - Outside UAL

If the Easter holidays are making you really crave learning, then fear not.  
Why not check out a public talk or workshop to get you back into the swing of it, or learn about something new?

LSE have a public lecture War: what is it good for? on Thursday the 10th (today!)  It’s a good question.  
If that doesn’t float your boat, try out Bang! Said The Gun - a poetry night ‘for people who hate poetry’ in Borough.  OK so it’s not a lecture, but people will be talking and you might or might not like it.

On Friday there is a creative writing workshop at the London Metropolitan Archives.  It’s £10, but learning how to write in another style could challenge the way you approach essays - or hell, you might just enjoy it.
Impact Hub Brixton have a whole host of talks and workshops on Friday, including ‘what does collaboration mean to you?’, tips on starting a business, and morning yoga.

This Saturday there will be a discussion about UAL student Clayton Pettet’s controversial and much talked of performance Art School Stole My Virginity at the Fringe! Film Fest.  This 'queer film & arts' festival runs from Friday 11th to Monday 14th April and has a whole host of other events going on.

The following week, why not try ‘Skin Skinning' - a taxidermy masterclass to undertake in the buff?  Great place to meet other naked people.  
Or if you fancy keeping your clothes on while you can before global warming ruins everything, Gresham College have a talk on ‘a Million Years of Sea Level Change.’  
Cass Art have a ‘Draw Faces in 15 Minutes’ class, which is £15 but might be a good creative kickstart if your Easter break hasn’t been what you hoped.
And the ICA will have a free introduction to three recent frieze videos.

Keep checking your favourite galleries for lists of talks and events, and see this list of Talks & Lectures in London.


Not School, But Not Home Either

During the holidays I often find that the choice for places to work is between going to college or working from home.  
Both can be problematic: college often feels a bit desolate and bizarre, or if you’re like me you’ll get the "oh dear, it’s the holidays and I still have nowhere better to be than here?" sort of feeling.  Working from home is no better - so many distractions and eventual cabin fever that can drive you to insanity or the pub by 5pm.

If it sounds like a familiar conundrum, then maybe it’s time for a new study hole this Easter - or you could take it slow and visit places that might inspire you to study…

Let’s meet and work shows you a map of London and its recommended working, drinking and free Wifi-ing spots.


A recommendation from Cai from Wimbledon College of Art is the newly opened Wren Coffee in St Paul’s: "If you want that same feeling of vast stone and high ceilings but really don’t care to spend another afternoon in the atrium of Central Saint Martins, then this will do the trick."


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Battle of the Murals: Sneakers Clash

This weekend some lucky artists have an amazing opportunity - to create a massive mural on a wall in Borough, all paid for by Converse (and free shoes, oh the envy.)

There are 6 teams and 3 walls, but I chatted to Charlotte Munro about her collaborative mural with teammates from BA Fine Art Painting at Wimbledon, as they battle against MA Illustration students at Camberwell (guys, if you read this - I didn’t know how to find you!) for the chance to win £1000.


ArtistsCharlotte Munro; Summer Oxley; Guyathri Anand; Anna Dakin


Congratulations on the amazing opportunity!  What has the process been like, from hearing about the opportunity up until now?

C: Ahhh, we had under a week to submit our application (because we only just heard about it through an email from our tutors) so we got the ‘collective’ together (as that’s the requirements too) named ourselves the ‘Neo Pseudo-Surrealists,’ and chose specific roles in the application process. Then we got the opportunity, and had 2 days to prepare our plan of action for the large wall in Borough.  We are collaboratively taking our part on the original design and keeping to the composition and colours, etcetera.  Also we have professional graffiti artists to help us through the weekend!

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Pre-Easter Fun

With only hours to go until the Easter break really starts, make the most of your uni friends before they fall off the face of the earth for a month and drag them along to one (or all!) of these student involved events over the next few days!

Become the next Grayson Perry at Clay Workshop and Cocktails
Thursday 20th March, 19:30 - 22:00, at Wonderland Ceramics in Bethnal Green, £25.00


He’s been a trendy guy since last year’s Reith Lectures, but do you think you could do better?  Central Saint Martins’ BA Ceramics are giving you the chance to try!  At the event you’ll be greeted with a cocktail and get to see their techniques before making your own pot or sculpture, which will be fired for you to keep afterwards.  (And with Mothers Day coming up at the end of the month that’s two birds with one lump of clay really.)  Get your ticket and more info here.

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Now Show+ing Exhibition at CSM Platform Theatre Bar

On the night of St Patrick’s Day another culture was celebrating in the Platform Theatre Bar at CSM.  The Chinese Society is one of the most active and growing societies at UAL, and from tonight until Thursday 20th March selected young Chinese artists and designers will have their work on show as part of The 4th Now Show+ING Exhibition – a great chance for them and an excellent visual accompaniment to any end-of-term pints we might enjoy this week!

The overriding theme of the exhibition is ‘food,’ as the curator says: “Like food, when seeing art you enjoy the tastes and flavours, and you can leave satisfied or wanting more.”

Above: Cao Yi, ‘Two cities, One moment,’ MA Graphic Design graduate from London College of Communication.

There was an incredible turnout and guests included members of the Chinese Embassy and Jimmy Choo’s wife.  

The catwalk show featured garments made by Su Ren Li, MA Fashion Design and Technology: Womanswear graduate, LCF; Wu Dian Yang, BA Fashion: Womenswear, CSM; and Zhang He Yuan, BA Fashion: Womenswear, CSM. 

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The Encounter Between Art and Science

‘The Encounter Between Art and Science’:  ‘a conversation’ between Martin Caiger-Smith and Sophy Rickett, contemporary artist and exhibition contributor, on Thursday 20thMarch 7:00pm.  They will discuss/debate the interplay between science and art.  

In 2011 and 2012 Sophy Rickett made regular visits to the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge University as an Associate Artist. Her large-scale photographs in the exhibition are inspired by the negatives produced from the Three Mirror Telescope designed and built by retired astronomer Dr Roderick Willstrop and explores the connections between optics and seeing, the shift from analogue to digital, relationships between different kinds of photographic practice and the encounter between an individual and an institution, between an artist and a scientist.

Students with a valid ID can attend for £2 and contact  judith@bulldogtrust.org or telephone 0207 836 3715.

This event will be held in the ornate Great Hall at Two Temple Place.

Fruit and #streetart on #WhitecrossSt. Tasty. Great visit to Golden Lane today.

Fruit and #streetart on #WhitecrossSt. Tasty. Great visit to Golden Lane today.


Drink and Think with LCC and Science Museum Lates

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!

See UAL Event Page and interviews and info on the UAL blog.

If you had a stall at Spitalfields what would you do with it?  http://ift.tt/1bOYYh2

If you had a stall at Spitalfields what would you do with it?  http://ift.tt/1bOYYh2

Welcome to #LCFMA14 Shoes and accessories to die for and photography that will astound. Explore student work on the grass and glass laden interactive room. Anisha Parmar

If you’re looking for something suitably fashionable (and free) to do this weekend look no further than the gloriously good LCF MA Fashion Exhibition.

Victoria House in Bloomsbury has been filled with some incredible work by our very talented students and is well worth a look this weekend, before it closes on Sunday. It’s open 12pm - 7pm on Saturday and 12-4.30pm Sunday.

Read more about the Private View on Wednesday and get more info about the exhibition on the UAL Event page. For more info about other events during London Fashion Week take a look at our student guide to LFW A/W 14.


UAL Met: Iwona Blazwick

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.)

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Mayor of London Low Carbon Entrepreneur 2014


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
8. Other

Further information and regular updates can be found on the Mayor of London website. You can also email the delivery team directly at lowcarbonentrepreneur@london.gov.uk with any queries and suggestions.