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UAL presents array of exciting events for London Design Festival

Detail, Matthew Wang shortlisted for the MullenLowe NOVA Awards © Vic Philips
  • Written byTash Payne
  • Published date16 September 2021
Detail, Matthew Wang shortlisted for the MullenLowe NOVA Awards © Vic Philips

Students and staff from across UAL are presenting a variety of events and exhibitions for this year’s London Design Festival. The internationally renowned festival runs from 18 – 26 September 2021 with a programme of online and in-person events.

From exploring the UK creative industries’ relationship with Europe to celebrating sustainable material ‘heroes’, the diverse offering gives glimpses into the industry leading work that keeps UAL at the cutting edge of design.

UAL x LDF events

Together in Europe

  • Online showcase from 18 September
  • Online events from 21 – 23 September

Together in Europe: Creative Communities for Change is an online exhibition and series of events considering our past, present, and future relationship with Europe. In a post-Brexit world, facing challenges of COVID-19, climate change and racial and social inequalities, how can we work together as a creative community to create positive change?

The 3-day programme explores new models of international engagement. It speculates on creative futures through an expanded understanding of Europe as place, space, and idea. Showcasing a wide range of innovative projects from key figures at UAL, alongside voices from our valued European partners.


  • Exhibition at The Lethaby Gallery from 18 September – 23 October

NOVA X is an exhibition by Central Saint Martins  and MullenLowe Group. For a decade, Central Saint Martins and MullenLowe Group have collaborated on the MullenLowe NOVA Awards for Fresh Creative Talent to support emerging artists, designers and innovators. Held at the Lethaby Gallery in Granary Square and online, this exhibition maps the practices and stories of the award-winners.

Find out more on the LDF website.

Material Heroes

  • Exhibition in Granary Square from 18 – 26 September

The UAL Climate Emergency Network has invited graduating students to highlight a material ‘hero’ from their final major project – whether macro, microscopic or a detail crop, the selected works address cultural and environmental sustainability and will be presented on The Outside Art Project in Granary Square.

The Outside Art Project turns King’s Cross into one of the largest outdoor gallery spaces in London. This collaborative project is part of the Super Nature initiative and showcases a wide variety of materials with great potential, from the readily available to the highly specialised and even speculative.

Pause – Rewind – Play

  • Exhibition at Gallery SO from 22 – 26 September

Graduates from Central Saint Martins’ BA (Hons) Jewellery Design, class of 2020, share their work at the prestigious Gallery SO space on Brick Lane.