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Climate Emergency Network presents: MATERIAL HEROES

Virtual liquid bubbles against a lavender background in a scene from a 3D game
Virtual liquid bubbles against a lavender background in a scene from a 3D game
Pastures New by Jessica Mumby-Price, UAL Graduate Showcase:
Written by
Abbi Fletcher
Published date
19 July 2021

In collaboration with King’s Cross Design District for London Design Festival

SuperNature is a King’s Cross initiative in which public realm installations and activations are used as a vehicle to explore design, materials and production methods that have a positive impact on people and the planet.

The 19th edition of the festival takes place 18-26 September 2021. MATERIAL HEROES aims to provide a platform for UAL recent graduates to showcase their work through a physical exhibition hosted on the ‘Outside Art Project’ photography benches located around King's Cross.

We are inviting UAL graduating students* to submit one image that provides a visual ‘clue’ to their work that highlights a material ‘hero’ from their final major project – whether microscopic, macro or a crop of a detail, the selected work’s subject and/or process must address cultural or environmental sustainability and / or the climate crisis.

From hemp to HTML, each selected image will be displayed across the King’s Cross site during the festival, with QR codes linking to the Graduate Showcase, where visitors can find out more about each project. We will let you know if you have been successful by 13th August 2021.

*Open to all UAL UG, PG and PhD students who have graduated within one year.

How to submit

Email The Climate Emergency Network with subject line: ‘MATERIAL HEROES’ with the following:

  • Name:
  • Course:
  • College:
  • 100 words on your material hero:
  • Graduate Showcase Link:
  • Name of work:
  • Attach ONE image: (1400mm x 1400mm at 300dpi in PDFX format)


  • Submission deadline: 8 August 2021 (Midnight)
  • Submission panel decision: 11 August 2021
  • Exhibition open: 18-26 September 2021

Examples of the kind of work we're looking for:

1. Textilised Traditions by Paula Isabel Martin

2. Pastures New by Jessica Mumby-Price

3. The Unseen Majority by Julia Jueckstock