The first issue contains features on ketamine abuse, sugar daddies, the fashion muse Isabella Blow and the couchsurfing phenomenon, as well as reviews of music, films and games.
After this initial issue, the magazine will appear, free of charge, four times a year in the autumn and spring terms. Written and edited by student journalists, it replaces Arts London News, the newspaper produced by students on the course for many years.
Simon Hinde, Programme Director of Journalism and Publishing at LCC, explains:
“I felt it was time to move on from the ALN format and produce a magazine that gives students the opportunity to produce work that they are passionate about and to present that in a quality publication that they’re proud of and can show to future employers.
“LCC has an amazing heritage and culture of art and design and I want Artefact to be part of that tradition.”
As well as being distributed in UAL’s Colleges, Artefact will be available in shops, bars and cafes around London.
The magazine was designed by Scott King, UAL’s Chair of Visual Communication, aided by Central Saint Martins alumnus Oswin Tickler. Scott brought to the project his experience of working as Art Director of i-D and Creative Director of Sleazenation magazines.
Through his contacts in the worlds of art and photography, Scott persuaded the likes of Jeremy Deller, Linder Sterling and Juergen Teller to allow their work to be used to illustrate the students’ journalism.
“Scott’s worked incredibly hard on this over the last few months and I’m massively grateful to him,” said Simon Hinde. “We’ve created the basis of a great magazine and the students are already working hard on the next issue.”