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Post-Grad Community Family Heirloom

blocks of green that placed together create the number 10
  • Written byPost-Grad Community
  • Published date 13 September 2023
blocks of green that placed together create the number 10
Ten Years of Post-Grad Community (design by Tasia Sugiyanto)

To celebrate Post-Grad Community’s 10-year anniversary we are bringing together postgraduate students to create the Post-Grad Community Family Heirloom, a tapestry combining all disciplines and practices of students, representing the abundance of creativity and skill across UAL.

The tapestry’s materials will be ethically and sustainably sourced and development will be documented throughout the project, with updates of student's work being added to our dedicated 10-Year Anniversary webpage on the UAL website, and on Instagram.

Once completed in May 2024, the Heirloom will be displayed in various locations across the colleges, before being digitally displayed, physically preserved, and archived for future generations of UAL postgraduates.

a group of students cutting fabric
menstrUAL festival 2019

What can you add to the Heirloom?

The theme is our postgraduate community itself. This can be interpreted in terms of the variety of disciplines studied at UAL or even the  individual personalities, journeys or growth and determination which make up our community.

The Heirloom is a creative space for you to express yourself. It can be a time for reflection, and it can be a way to take in your progression and growth as an individual.

The Heirloom can also be an opportunity for collaboration. Perhaps your creativity stems from a more conceptual place, something which requires you meeting other postgrads with tangible disciplines to create a collaborative piece.

Maybe you want to express yourself in a new way, attempting an artistic practice you’ve always wanted to try but never had the chance to.

There are infinite ways you can contribute to your piece of the Heirloom, through embroidery, painting, drawing, screen printing, letter writing, poetry or even music.

on the left is an embroidery hoop with UAL embroidered into the fabric and on the right are 12 markings of different colours on fabric
Examples of materials used. Embroidery (left) and fabric pens (right).

Where and when can you contribute to the Heirloom?

The Heirloom will be added to at Post-Grad Community events throughout the year.

We will be holding workshops with different facilities and technicians across UAL, open to postgraduate students to attend. Workshops will be announced through Postgrad Community’s online channels.

If you’re a member of staff or technician that would like us to bring the Heirloom project to your studio or workshop then drop us an email.

Special Takeaway Kits will also be available for you to pick up from the UAL Libraries, with fabric, instructions and guides on how to submit your addition. You can also download a PDF guide for students who work online and overseas, and for alumni to still get involved. Just register your interest to be added to our dedicated Teams Group and download your how-to guide from there.

If you have any dead stock fabric or appropriate materials to donate for the project, then please get in touch with us on

an illustration of a square with measurements around it
Patch measurements.

Bringing the work together

In May 2024, we are planning an immersive event with the internationally acclaimed artist and UAL Chair of Art for the Environment, Professor Lucy Orta.

Here we will be physically laying out the collective expressions, the patches submitted and created, working both publically and holistically to stitch together our heirloom. If you would like to be involved in the public artwork either curatorially or in the stitching together of the work, then get in touch with us

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