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Tom Hunter / Helen Amy Murray / 150 years of St. Martins / Chelseas move to Millbank / Summer Shows / LCC award-winners / LCF MA catwalk show / Camberwell at Dulwich / Xhibit

University of the Arts London Magazinespring/summer 2004

Contributors

Michael DaCosta is a marketing strategist. He is a co-host of the World Creative Forum and an adviser to the charity Arts & Business. He is an alumnus of LCC.

Rowan Erlam is currently studying BA Journalism at LCC. Since last summer, she has worked for Sneak magazine.

Maria Fitzpatrick is in her third year BA Fashion Promotion at LCF. She has worked at London Fashion Week, Fashion Rocks for the Prince's Trust and the British Style Awards.

Max Fraser is the founding author of the DESIGN UK series. He also contributes as a freelance journalist for Icon, Elle Decoration, Intra, and the Independent. He is currently co-writing a book with Sir Terence Conran.

Austin Cowdall and Matt Hamilton are NEW. Both studied at Camberwell College of Arts setting up NEW in 1996. NEW's illustration clients include The Face, the Guardian and Time Out.

Michelle McGagh graduates from BA Journalism at LCC in May. She has worked for an independent music magazine and a postproduction film and television company.

Caroline Smith is a Londonbased writer. She has been Contributing Editor of Creative Camera and Black Book magazine in the US and is currently Visual Arts Editor at Attitude.

Since graduating with a Postgraduate Certificate in Photography from CSM, Alys Tomlinson has worked for Time Out in New York, Berlin and Paris as well as Penguin Books, The Times and Design N/A.

Front cover image: Rat In Bed, 2003 the artist. Courtesy Jay Jopling / White Cube (London) Back cover image: Red chair for 100% Design cHelen Amy MurrayIf you would like to contribute to forthcoming issues, please get in touch with your news. University of the Arts London Magazine, 65 Davies Street, London W1K 5DA T: +44 (0) 20 7514 7604 E: alumni-association@arts.ac.uk W: www.arts.ac.uk/alumni Alumni Co-ordinator: Jo Stiles Editor: Jane Struthers; Assistant Editor: Mary Lehner; Design: M2; Print: BSC Print

This magazine is available in a pdf format.University of the Arts London Magazine is published by the Department of Communications and Development. No part of this magazine may be reproduced without the prior permission of the publisher. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of editorial content, no responsibility can be taken for any errors and/or omissions. The views expressed in this magazine are not necessarily those of University of the Arts London. All rights reserved. cUniversity of the Arts London 2004.

Contents

University of the Arts London Magazine

SpringSummer200402 03 04 10 14 20 26 29Announcements Comment Interview Gallery Profile Summer Shows Noticeboard Short coursesThe Rector, Sir Michael Bichard, explains the significance and the future of University of the Arts London Max Fraser examines the difficulties now facing young designers Tom Hunter discusses his recent work based on the headlines of local newspapers Xhibit 04 opens in May.We take a look at a selection of the students work on show Helen Amy Murray talks about her success over the last two years and how it has provided her with the opportunity to focus her business A taster of this years degree shows. Make sure youre there to view the latest in fresh, creative talent Alumni news, events and exhibitions Advance your skills on the wide range of short courses available

Around the Colleges

08London College of FashionFrom Graduate Fashion Week to the latest MA catwalk shows, a review of LCFs success over the last 12 months

12Central Saint MartinsCSM celebrates its ancestry as it marks the 150 year anniversary since the foundation of St. Martins School of Art

18Camberwell College of ArtsThe research and inspiration behind the How Do You Look exhibition that opens at Dulwich Picture Gallery in autumn 2004

22London College of CommunicationWe ask four award-winning alumni how they have progressed since graduating from LCC

24Chelsea College of Art and DesignHead of College, Professor Roger Wilson, reports on Chelseas imminent move to Millbank

Announcements

Why a university?The Rector, Sir Michael Bichard, explains the significance and the future of University of the Arts London s University of the Arts London, we are the UKs first broad-based university dedicated to art, design, fashion, communication and performance. Our new name reflects the quality and nature of our organisation, as the title of University is the gold standard for higher education. Our core activities are all related to the creative industries and benefit greatly from our location in the heart of London. The new title reinforces our position, strengthens our brand and raises the profile of our specialist subjects. As a university, we are in a stronger position to recruit the best students and staff. University of the Arts London will be recognised clearly as a centre for high quality teaching, learning and research.We will have parity of esteem with other universities of equivalent achievement. We shall continue to celebrate the individual identities and characters of our Colleges and their distinctive approaches to their disciplines.We shall carry on the tradition of encouraging our graduates to use their imaginations and creativity to contribute to the sectors in which they work. Our alumni shall continue to be amongst the most influential practitioners in their fields worldwide. The creative industries are one of the

Game on Greek designer and CSM graduate, Sophia Kokosalaki, has been commissioned to design the costumes for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Unity Chelsea graduate, Anish Kapoor, is to create a memorial in New York to the British victims of the 11 September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Centre. The sixmetre sculpture, Unity, will form the centrepiece of a memorial garden near the Twin Towers site. Kapoor has also been commissioned to create a sculpture for the new Millennium Park in Chicago.

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fastest growing sectors in the UK economy, boasting nearly two million jobs and contributing over 11bn in exports to the balance of trade. Our status as University of the Arts London provides a focus for our educational, cultural and industrial links. It also helps us capitalise on opportunities to develop world-class partnerships with business and the professions as well as the international educational community. We offer a vision of excellence in university education for the 21st century to all of our students, parents, staff, alumni, partners and employers. The change of title represents the latest achievement of the London Institute since its incorporation in 1989.We are delighted to face a future filled with creative opportunities as University of the Arts London.

Winning words London College of Fashion alumna, Mary Sotiropoulos, has won an Elle talent award. Sotiropoulos now joins the Elle team on an internship and has been given the freedom of a monthly column within the magazine, she will also be reviewing the spring/summer catwalk collections in September. Get involved We are planning a series of events throughout the next few months to celebrate the launch of University of the Arts London, which include masterclasses, reunions and receptions during the final year shows. For more information contact the Alumni Association on 020 7514 7604.

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Comment

The art of cultivationMax Fraser comments on the future of promoting young designers s a Londoner, one grows complacent to moans about the tube, groans concerning congestion, defeated sighs about the weather, and the phenomenally high living costs. Hell, I find the whining is even contagious. One wonders if we have all lost sight of the splendour sitting on our doorsteps? Are we forgetting to remind ourselves that our city is, without hesitation, one of the worlds most thriving creative capitals? Whilst we might need a solitary moment to ponder this fact, it would seem that students are flocking to London to sample its offerings. The immense maze-like metropolis, provides the playground of discovery and inspiration that they all seek. As increasing numbers of designers enter the market each year, the prospect of making it becomes evermore competitive. In my experience, three types of design graduate tends to emerge: those that write off design and steer themselves into different industries; those that find jobs at existing agencies; and those that choose to set up alone. The latter form the small proportion that need mentoring. But even the most entrepreneurial characters need suitable outlets to the right markets. Networking can be

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a slow-building and rather false existence. In the early stages, empty wallets allow no room for error. Advertising is out of the question and even the free capacity of websites has limited reach. It would seem that the tried and tested forums for attracting attention are exhibitions. Visitors love the interactive nature of installations, the tactility of experiencing objects in the flesh, and the buzz of the new. Schmoozing is rife and the exchange of cards is fluent the crosspollination of ideas electric. Exhibiting doesnt come cheap and the ambition of organisers can often become stifled by the enormous fixed costs. Quality can be compromised to meet sales targets and organisers are often forced to approach their B list exhibitor lists. To prevent this,

government or corporate sponsorship should consider subsidising the early ambitions of tomorrows talent generation. Schemes do exist, but far too many companies think award schemes are the best avenue to pursue. Wit