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Urmila Chowdhury

The Origins experience

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Published date 28 April 2017

Origins, our annual exhibition of student work, is now open for entries.

Now in its seventh year, Origins showcases the best art, design, fashion and creative media work being produced by students taking our further education qualifications at FE institutions across the UK.

This year we have booked a large space at the Truman Brewery in Shoreditch and will be exhibiting as part of the established show Free Range (5-11 July 2017). We aim to showcase up to 130 exhibits, including but not limited to: paintings, drawings, sculpture, fashion, photography, animation and film.

We caught up with three exhibitors from last year’s show, to see what they thought of the experience…

Urmila Chowdhury from Blackburn College exhibited her Level 2 Art & Design work:
I was very excited and happy to be selected for Origins. It felt like the culmination of all of my hard work. It also helped to build my confidence; it surprised me that UAL welcomed me although I am an asylum seeker.

I had a very good experience at the private view because of the opportunity it provided to see a variety of work and meet new people. I was glad to meet with the artist Bob and Roberta Smith, UAL staff and visitors to the exhibition.

I am now studying the UAL Foundation Art & Design course at Blackburn College. In Sep 2017 I am going on to study a BA Hons in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London.

I would definitely recommend others to apply for Origins, because it opens the door of opportunity to display your work in wider community and build your confidence.”

Work by Urmila Chowdhury


Carla Binder from Canterbury College exhibited her Level 2 Creative Media work:
“I was so surprised and lost for words, when I got the email through to say I’d be selected for Origins as it was my first time that my work had been exhibited.

I attended the private view, which I really enjoyed; especially seeing other people’s reaction to my documentary, Voices To Be Heard, about why 16 and 17-year-olds should have been allowed to vote for Brexit.

I’m currently studying L3 Film and Television at Canterbury College and was recently one of 150 filmmakers accepted for a Channel 4 pop-up event in Bristol. I am still creating films with a focus on raising awareness of political and social issues.

I would 100% recommend students and tutors to apply for Origins because it’s a chance to show the public what you can do and achieve. The exhibition boosts your confidence so much and gives you a few connections along the way too.”

Charlie Clover from Suffolk New College exhibited his Level 2 Art & Design work:
“When I received the email telling me my work had been selected for Origins I was very surprised and excited as it was completely new experience for me.

I really enjoyed attending the private view and seeing the culmination of everyone’s work. The highlight of the event would have to be the talk from Bob and Roberta Smith – I found his “All schools should be art schools!” talk very encouraging!

I am now studying for my L3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design at Suffolk New College. I’m currently busy creating final major project piece and preparing for university.”

Work by Charlie Clover


Tutors from centres approved to deliver UAL Awarding Body qualifications are invited to submit work by up to three students for each qualification. Find out more and enter your students online by Wednesday 14 June 2017.