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Previous Pop Up Event Archive

Previous events have taken the form of talks with industry specialists and guests, visits to artist studios and industry spaces, networking with other postgraduate students from other Colleges, sharing outcomes of recent commissions and workshops/skill shares.

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From the archive

  • Photo of a group of people looking at a collection of paintings displayed on a yellow wall
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    Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?  

    This event included a special tour of the Can Graphic Design Save Your Life? exhibition at the Wellcome Collection.

  • Abstract image of a small mirror in front of a table
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    Engine ChatChat at Griffin Gallery  

    The Griffin Gallery hosted an Engine ChatChat residency exclusively for UAL’s Postgraduate Community, with an informal and stimulating site responsive show.

  • Photo of Jean-Michel Basquiat standing in front of a white wall with drawings on, wearing a helmet with one hand on his head
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    The Basquiat: Boom for Real Exhibition at the Barbican Centre  

    A group of postgraduate students were given an exclusive early morning private curator tour of the 'Basquiat: Boom for Real' exhibition at the Barbican Centre.

  • Photo of a man's hand turning the page of a hardback book on a stand
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    A visit to Getty Images Archive  

    Postgraduate students visited the Getty Images Archive where they were introduced to the working analogue archive by Matthew Butson (Vice President, Getty Images, Hulton Archive).

  • Image of a manequin with a large crucafix around its neck and a fur collar
    Credit: Image courtesy of UAL Image courtesy of UAL,
    The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined at the Barbican Centre  

    Postgraduate students had a curator led tour of the Vulgar: Fashion Redefined exhibition at the Barbican Centre, led by Associate Curator Sinéad McCarthy.

  • Photo of a group of people sitting around a table with pieces of paper on it
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    S.M.A.S.H. Comics Creators Club  

    A workshop at the Barbican Centre’s Arts Library aimed to foster creativity and an open community.

  • Photo of a group of students facing a large window
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    Lifeboat Residency Artists (2016)  

    Lifeboat provides 4 MA graduates with a year of tailored support, including free studio space, a peer mentoring group, bespoke crit programme, and links to established art world practitioners.

  • Photo of a group of people looking at a painting with a yellow wash over the picture
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    Artist as Curator at the Griffin Gallery  

    Presented by Griffin Gallery, 'Pool' exhibited the works of 13 artists who have expanded the field of painting.

  • Chairs on a stage with a projector screen
    Credit: Image courtesy of UAL Image courtesy of UAL,
    The World of Charles and Ray Eames at The Barbican  

    Postgraduate students took a curator led tour at the Barbican Centre for The World of Charles and Ray Eames exhibition.

  • Two women looking at art in a gallery
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    Ladybird by Design at the House of Illustration  

    This event at the 'Ladybird by Design' exhibition at House of Illustration in Kings Cross was hosted by Lawrence Zeegen, UAL’s Professor of Illustration and Dean of London College of Communication's School of Design.

  • Group of people in the V&A
    Image courtesy of UAL, V&A Connects event
    V&A Connects at the V&A Museum  

    Former Ceramics Artist in Residence and recent Royal College graduate Matthew Raw gave a presentation about his work, establishing yourself as an artist in London and setting up a studio collective.

  • Black and white sketch of trees and a cartoon face
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    We All Draw at the Bargehouse, Oxo Tower  

    Wimbledon MA Drawing students hosted a guided tour of We All Draw – an exhibition of drawing by students, staff and recent graduates from UAL.

  • Man using a large machine in a workshop
    Credit: Image courtesy of UAL Image courtesy of UAL,
    The London Centre for Book Arts  

    A hands on afternoon session and social at the London Centre for Book Arts (LCBA). Postgraduate students got to try out letterpress printing, basic bookbinding and papercraft techniques.

  • Graphic of man's face from Stanley Kubrick's film 'A Clockwork Orange'
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    Stanley Kubrick Archive at LCC  

    Students were given an insight into Kubrick’s processes through Jan Harlan's (Kubrick’s Executive Producer) and Rick Senat's (former head of Business and Legal Affairs at Warner Bros’) firsthand stories and memories.

  • Group of people outside
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    Margate Resort Studios & local creative communities  

    Postgraduates from various disciplines visited Margate Resort Studios in Kent to gain an understanding of how they could play a role within a creative community going through regeneration.

  • People seated listening to woman speaking
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    Whitechapel Gallery  

    Following a well attended talk at UAL with Iwona Blazwick, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery, postgraduate students from across UAL came together for an exclusive behind the scenes talk and tour.

  • Group of people in art gallery
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    Acme Project Space  

    An afternoon discussing the artist’s studio: its forms and functions, the provision of affordable space in London, and artist-led studio initiatives.