Written by Deborah De Mello, MA Fashion Futures at London College of Fashion
Creative Conscience describes itself as a global movement that aims to inspire creative minds to apply their skills to socially valuable projects. The goal is to promote sustainability, freedom, social health and well-being. In order to do that, the organization hosts different events such as workshops, talks and the annual global awards.
The Annual Global Awards is an award scheme that aims to create a community of creative minds. They receive applications from students and graduates of up to two years from all over the world and the competition has five briefs: mental health, equality, refugee crisis, conscious consumption and the open brief.
3 talented UAL students were shortlisted as the winners:
- Abigail Hammond MA Visual Arts: Designer Maker at Camberwell College of Arts and Course Leader in Costume Design at Wimbledon College of Art received a bronze award for her project titled “M is for Menopause” which is a collection of visual art that discusses the physical and emotional symptoms of menopause;
- Ellie Gilbert-Ryan from the BA (Hons) Graphic & Media Design course at LCC received a silver award for her project “Twofold: local events to reduce loneliness”; and
- Terence Quinn from the MA Visual Arts: Fine Art Digital, Camberwell College of Arts received a gold award for his ‘The Refugees’ Crisis’ art installation that tells the true life experience of a refugee rescued from the sea after a crossing from Tunisia.
As a student from the LCF MA Fashion Futures, which is a course that is focused on sustainability, it was very interesting for me to see the different range of projects that not only the UAL students were working on, but also students from other universities across world.
During the awards ceremony we had the opportunity to network, and I was very impressed and pleased with the positive energy on the room. Everyone was very inspired to create change. Without doubt, we all left the event a little bit more optimistic about the world we live in.
More info about the award winning work:
Terrence Quinn – The Refugees’ Crisis
This art installation narrates the true life experience of a refugee rescued from the clutches of the sea after a perilous crossing from Tunisia.
It is based on the book ‘The Optician of Lampedusa’ by Emma Jane Kirby (with permission from the author and publisher Penguin). It combines video, 3D printed sculpture, binaural audio, and mixed reality to invoke an empathic response from the viewer. Its aim is to create a more sympathetic public attitude to the plight of refugees. It was the subject of a BBC Radio 4 documentary for iPM on 14 July 2017 after showing at UAL Camberwell College of Art.
Abigail Hammond – M is for Menopause
M is for Menopause is a collection of visual art that expresses the physical and emotional symptoms of menopause. It draws on other women’s experiences and and engages with scientific research. Women and their partners and families need to be able to talk openly about the change taking place, so they can support each other and maintain healthy relationships. This sculptural and multi-media work is designed for installation in galleries, work places and community spaces where it can facilitate meaningful conversation. M is for Menopause is a creative solution for breaking this taboo.
Here is a video of Abigail’s work that won her the bronze award:
video: Abigail Hammond – M is for Menopause 2019
Ellie Gilbert Ryan – Two Fold
Accounting for how different groups in society are affected by loneliness, Twofold brings people of all ages and backgrounds that are affected by loneliness together to encourage social wellbeing whilst completing paper-based activities and workshops.
Twofold as a charity brand needed minimal funding; therefore the outcomes were based upon low-cost advertising strategies such as leaflets, disposable event packs and social media platforms.
To link these products together, Ellie organised a prototype event and captured footage along with animations to create a fundraising campaign-style video.
video: Ellie Gilbert Ryan – Two Fold
About the Author of this article
- Creative Conscience
- The Annual Global Awards
- Abigail Hammond website
- Ellie Gilbert-Ryan website
- Terence Quinn website
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