It’s been a time to celebrate in Copenhagen recently, as the University of the Arts London (UAL) Denmark Alumni Group has reached the 2 year milestone! To mark the occasion the group, who all graduated from UAL between 1997 and 2018, met up to hear two alumni talk about their work, and for some champagne and networking.
The first talk was by Anne-Louise Knudsen, who graduated in 2006 with an MA in Communication Design from Central Saint Martins (CSM). Anne-Louise shared how her sculptures and art installations are inspired by memories, and how she has experimented with different compositions and materials like wood, fabric, paper, polyurethane foam and aluminium. Besides her own art practice, Anne-Louise also co-runs the gallery TaDa, which is situated in a laundromat in Copenhagen.
The second speaker Bjørn Christensen, a London College of Communication (LCC) alumnus with a BA (Hons) in Graphic & Media Design (2000), has been self-employed since 2002. Bjørn has, to some extent, ended up specializing in graphic design for museums by accident. During his career, he has produced point-of-sale and brochure design for Tate London, designed 16 books for The National Gallery of Denmark, and now he mainly works for Museum Jorn. When Bjørn needs a break (literally) from the computer, he works as a brakeman at one of the world's oldest wooden roller coasters, still in operation at the Tivoli theme park.
To finish the evening, the group addressed the importance of the network and shared their wishes for the next two years of events in Copenhagen. Hopefully, they will be filled with more talks, knowledge sharing, collaborations, studio visits and new friendships.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by! If you studied at UAL, live in Denmark and want to join, please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org.