From the archive:
MA Fine Art student Nell Lyhne reports back on UAL PG Community Pop Up Common Room Event at the Wellcome Collection, to have a special tour of Can Graphic Design Save Your Life? Exhibition, given by one of the curators Rebecca Wright, who is also the Programme Director and Course Leader of MA Communication Design at Central Saint Martins, and partner in the design practice GraphicDesign&.
For the second year running, Griffin Gallery hosted an Engine ChatChat residency exclusively for UAL’s Postgraduate Community. These sessions were mediated by artist Elizabeth Murton and hosted by Griffin Gallery, against the backdrop of Godley House, a site responsive show that was both informal and stimulating, with constructive conversation encouraged.
Here a group of postgraduate students were given an exclusive early morning private curator tour of the 'Basquiat: Boom for Real' exhibition at the Barbican Centre. They were able to see an outstanding selection of more than 100 works by Basquiat, many never seen before in the UK and have the opportunity to visit the gallery outside of normal opening hours.
Here postgraduate students visited the Getty Images Archive where they were introduced to theirworking analogue archive by Matthew Butson (Vice President, Getty Images, Hulton Archive). LCC MA Photography alumni Ernst Schlogelhofer also gave a short talk about how many press photographs have found their way onto gallery walls and are now valuable in their own right, referencing Kurt Hutton whose work is held in the archive.
Engine ChatChat and Griffin Gallery in partnership with UAL Postgraduate Community, created an opportunity for 12 UAL Postgraduate students and alumni to take part in a series of 3 informal and constructive peer crits, exploring work around the theme of 'Constructing Place'. This series of critiques will be contextualized by two Griffin Gallery exhibitions: I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper and Architecture as Metaphor.
On 28th February 2017, for the second year, 30 postgraduate students from different UAL colleges and courses had the chance to go on an exclusive visit to Turner Prize-winning artist, Grayson Perry’s studio. A Postgraduate Community Pop Up Common Room event was hosted there by the artist himself.
UAL Mead Rome PhD Studio Residency artists Åsa Johannesson and Denise Ackerl gave presentations on their residency projects carried out last summer at the British School at Rome. This event also launched the opening for applications of this year's residency opportunity.
Postgraduate students were invited to an exclusive talk and Q&A with Tom Wilson, Head of Collections and Research at the Design Museum. Tom shared the circumstances which led the new Design Museum to move to their new home in the former Commonwealth Institute in Kensington, and the challenges involved in opening a new museum.
Postgraduate students were given an exclusive, curator led tour of The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined exhibition at the Barbican Centre, led by Associate Curator Sinéad McCarthy. The opportunity enabled the students to think again about what makes something vulgar and why it is such a sensitive and contested term.
Held at the Barbican Centre’s Arts Library and in collaboration with the London Graphic Novel Network and the Dalston Comics (Creators) Club. The aim of the workshop style event was to provide an environment that fosters creativity and an open community, where the attendees can learn from each other, in order to develop their sequential narrative skills.
Lifeboat provides 4 recent MA graduates from University of the Arts London a year of tailored support, including free studio space (in ACAVA’s Limehouse studios), a peer mentoring group, bespoke crit programme, and links to established art world practitioners. Introduced by Lucy Day and hosted by the 2016 Lifeboat artists, this Pop Up Common Room aimed to give students a glimpse of life after college, a kind of informal ‘how to survive in the arts’ guide.
Presented by Griffin Gallery, the exhibition Pool brought together the works of 13 artists who have expanded the field of painting. UAL's Postgraduate Community were invited to come along and hear artist and curator, Rebecca Byrne talk about the process of curating Pool with Liz Elton, and other artist led projects.
This was a collaborative, hands on, comics creating workshop. The session was run by practice-based PhD students Penelope Mendonça and John Miers, members of the UAL Comic Studies Network and comic creators and cartoonists in their own right. The event was devised in response to the ‘Comix Creatix: 100 Women Making Comics’ exhibition running at the House of Illustration which was also the venue for the workshop.
Could you explore your way out of a flash flood in the CSM library in 2025? This workshop led by Marta Monge (alumni MA Industrial Design) and Ainne Burke (MA Arts & Science) provided the perfect setting for them to report back to postgraduate students their recent experience of ArtCop21 in Paris. It was also a great opportunity to stage their interactive 'Flash Flood' workshop.
An exclusive visit to Turner Prize-winning artist, Grayson Perry’s studio, hosted by the artist himself. Grayson Perry CBE, is recognized as one of the UK’s leading contemporary artists. Well known for his ceramic work and his alter ego Claire, Grayson’s subject matter often centres around social concerns - he is also UAL’s Chancellor! Read PG Reporter Alice Kemp's (MA Fine Art, CSM) blog post (click on the image)
An introduction to V&A's current artist in residence Jamie Jenkinson - an audio-visual communicator, XVIIX digital art gallery founder, and artist. The event ran into the late hours of a Friday evening, as postgraduate students and recent graduates enjoyed a celebratory post-event drinks reception organized by the V&A. Read PG Community reporter, Elena Mansilla (MSc Applied Psychology in Fashion, LCF) blog post (click on the image)
Postgraduate students were treated to a curator led tour at the Barbican Centre for The World of Charles and Ray Eames exhibition. Read PG Community reporter, Barbara Lanzafame (MA Applied Imagination in the Creative Industries, CSM) blog post (click on the image)
This event began at the 'Ladybird by Design' exhibition at House of Illustration in Kings Cross and was hosted by Lawrence Zeegen, UAL’s Professor of Illustration and Dean of the School of Design at LCC. Read PG Community reporter, Anastasia Kuchta’s, (MA Publishing, LCC) blog post (click on the image)
This late night event at the Victoria and Albert Museum saw former Ceramics Artist in Residence, and recent Royal College graduate, Matthew Raw give a presentation about his work, establishing yourself as an artist in London, setting up a studio collective and working with the V&A. Read PG Community reporter, Dino Bonacic’s (MA Fashion Media Production, LCF) blog post (click on the image)
Wimbledon MA Drawing students hosted a guided tour of We All Draw – an exhibition of drawing by students, staff and recent graduates from UAL, curated by Tania Kovats (Course Director, MA Drawing) and Kelly Chorpening (Course Director, BA Drawing) as part of the Thinking Through Drawing Symposium 2015.
A hands on afternoon session and social at the London Centre for Book Arts (LCBA). Artist and co director at LCBA, Simon Goode gave an introduction to the centre’s history as an artist-run centre dedicated to book arts and artist-led publishing. Postgraduate students got to try out letterpress printing, basic bookbinding and papercraft techniques. Read PG Community reporter, Elena Mansilla-Hortiguela’s (MSc Applied Psychology in Fashion, LCF) blog post (click on the image).
An introduction and screening led by Jan Harlan (Kubrick’s Executive Producer at Warner Brothers) and Rick Senat (former head of Business and Legal Affairs at Warner Bros’). Postgraduate students gained an insight into Kubrick’s processes and concerns as a filmmaker through Harlan and Senat’s firsthand stories and memories. Read PG Community reporter, Nima Hajirasouliha’s (MA photojournalism and Documentary Photography, LCC) blog post (click on the image)
Margate Resort Studios hosted a day of discovery in the town of Margate in Kent. Here postgrads had the opportunity to visit various artist studios and collectives. The day long visit enabled the students from across disciplines to gain an understanding of how they could potentially play an important role within a creative community in a seaside town going through regeneration and on the cusp of nostalgic reinvention.
Following a well attended talk at UAL with Iwona Blazwick, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery, postgraduate students from across UAL came together at the Whitechapel Gallery for an exclusive behind the scenes talk and tour. They were given the chance to meet staff from three departments to learn about the work they do and put questions to them about their experiences of working in a world leading gallery. After the talk, they enjoyed a curator-lead tour of the stunning Hannah Hoch retrospective, followed by afternoon tea at the Gallery.
Here an afternoon was spent discussing the artists’ studio; its forms and functions; the provision of affordable space in London, and artists’ led studio initiatives. With contributions from: Graham Ellard (artist and Professor of Fine Art, CSM), Heather Deedman (artist and Senior Artists’ Liaison Officer, Acme Studios), Charlie Day (artist and co-founder of Collective Studios, Wandsworth).