Breaking into the creative industry can be a hard task after graduation. Despite the continual growth, it remains competitive and talented people from around the world come to London for its world leading industries and opportunities. Our LCF Alumni team have been working around the clock this summer to offer help and guidance to those looking for entry routes into fashion, media and business. Their most recent event introduced the current graduating cohort to alumni in the Costume and Performance industry to enhance their professional networks and gain a better understanding of how to break through.
The event was a great opportunity to welcome back alumni to Lime Grove and hear what they have been doing since graduating. Taking place during LCFBA17 Lime Grove exhibition, alumni were able to look at the work on display and offer advice to students in attendance. It was an evening of networking and improving relations between the department and those working within the theatre, costume and performance world.
LCF’s Head of Strategic Relationships Clare Tristram told us, “I am delighted with how successful this event has been. The evening was buzzing with excitement and stories, and I look forward to welcoming more of our alumni community back to LCF as we host a series of reunions next year.
Newly appointed Alumni Officer, Sammy Evans has been the driving force behind alumni activity and is keen to connect with the LCF community, hear and share stories, and more importantly support alumni now they have left us. Clare continued by saying, “We hope alumni will reconnect with us through our Alumni Ambassador Programme, which allows alumni to get involved in many different ways, including mentoring third-year students or recent graduates, offering work experience or industry projects as well as being part of our alumni industry panel discussions.”
Sammy told us after the event, “We want our alumni to reconnect with us and other alumni, and would love to hear their suggestions, ideas and proposals for how we can continue to engage and build a stronger, wider and active community.”
Over 50 alumni, 20 students and 10 members of staff attended the event, which also celebrates new staff appointments to the department. Natalie Brown has now moved to Associate Dean and Jax Black marked 25 years at LCF, and Claire Christie 20 years.
All images were taken by Mingzhang (Ming) Sun