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Post-Grad Interest Groups

UAL’s Post-Grad Community Programme supports a growing number of issue-specific, cross-disciplinary interest groups led by postgraduate students and academics.

​These groups connect creatives with shared research/practice interests across different specialisms and subject areas.

PhD students have launched interest groups in the past to coincide with exhibitions and symposiums that they have organised under the same theme. Students have also used Interest Groups as a working group towards research or a standalone event or series.

Interest group directory

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On Going Underground by the Hollow Chambers Team. Selected photographs of publications from the MCG Archive and Library. Photo: Silvia De Giorgi


Focused on interdisciplinary approaches to drawing, DRAW events are open to all UAL postgraduate students, UAL staff, as well as a wider community of invited alumni, practitioners and researchers in the field.

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Photo: Orta Antarctica World Passport Bureau, FIAC Paris © Lucy + Jorge Orta, 2013


An opportunity to meet artists and curators whose work evolves around the themes of migration, social sustainability and the environment. Led by Professor Lucy Orta, Chair of Art for Environment at Centre for Sustainable Fashion, LCF.

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'Streetstyle: from sidewalk to catwalk', a seminal fashion exhibition staged at the Victoria & Albert Museum in November 1994


What are subcultures? What are their functions and meanings, both historically and contemporarily? And how do subcultural properties survive and thrive? Led by Kevin Quinn and Ray Kinsella (UAL PhD students).

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Change Agents

A network for creative minds at UAL who have an active interest in designing for social change. Led by Abbi Fletcher (Post-Grad Community Coordinator)

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Credit: Jon Martin

The Art of Questioning

A Bi-weekly seminar series for PhD students to come together and question what does it mean to have a method and how methodology of your project can be developed and brought to light? Led by Dr Daniel Rubinstein, (Reader in Philosophy and the Image at CSM)

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Credit: Lynda Beckett

Test Lab

In collaboration with the Doctoral Platform at Central Saint Martins, is an opportunity for PhD students to present papers on any aspect of their research in an informal and discursive setting.

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Decolonising Narratives

Explore and discuss some key texts on black history, anti-racist/anti-colonial struggles and decolonisation in higher education. Led by Rahul Patel and Vanessa Ansa (UAL staff members).

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African-Caribbean, Asian and African Art in Britain Archive

A Focus on the African-Caribbean, Asian & African Art in Britain Archive, and other Special Collections at Chelsea College of Arts Library. Co-led by library and academic staff.

Photographs of Lindsay Cooper from her archive
Photographs of Lindsay Cooper from her archive.

Womens Voices in the Archive

Texts are selected from key womens’ archives in the UAL Archives and Special Collections Centre, with other texts that discuss feminism and the archive. Led by Georgina Orgill and Karen Di Franco.(Details coming soon).

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Memory Threads

Exploring ideas around textiles and memory. Working across art, textiles and science, their sessions are part discussion, part practical. Led by an interdisciplinary group of UAL MA students and alumni.

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Circular Design Lab

Circular Design Lab

Part of the Centre for Circular Design's activities, a discussion group for participants with interests in sustainability, circular economies and design as a tool for positive change. - Led by Cathryn Hall and Laetitia Forst (UAL PhD students)

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BLAME – Brown Leaders and Makers Exist

BLAME – Brown Leaders and Makers Exist

With aim to 'make the brown feminist maker visible’. Led by Remi Rana Allen (UAL PhD Student)

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Student led online community of current UAL students and alumni interested in exploring how digital devices are shaping our individual and collective sense of identity.

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Cloop Projects

A platform that designs sustainable fashion education as a tool to challenge current consumption habits, with a specific focus on closing the loop as a response to the negative consequences of  the current resource intensive fashion industry. Led by Lauren Junestrand (UAL PhD student).

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Charging devices in the future

MA students Xiangsong Yang - MSc Creative computing, Creative Computing Institute and Xinyuan Xu - MA Game Design, LCC invite postgrads to come together and explore the potential of redesigning electronic device charging.

A texidermy dog in gallery: ‘Inert’  by Nicholas Galanin (2009)
‘Inert’ by Nicholas Galanin (2009)

How can the contemporary arts represent the non-human world?

An opportunity to explore various discourses that relate to art, science and nature. Led by Richard Crawford (UAL PhD student).

Interest group stories

DRAW report on Whetherscapes

Written by Emma Hollaway, MA Drawing 2018 On the final day of the Wimbledon MA Drawing degree show Whetherscapes, Professor Rebecca Fortnum led a tour and Artists in Conversation discussion.