UAL begins the showcase for graduates with an intensive collection of occasions

The creative industry has started to move this year. The global corona virus pandemic has disrupted our livelihoods and changed the way we work, and more recently the issue of inequality in the arts has been examined. Against this background, university students complete their courses last year in a time of great uncertainty, but possibly also radical changes.

In order to investigate the future of the creative industries and to exchange ideas on current topics that have played an outstanding role in student work this year, UAL is organizing a virtual program with over 50 events from July 28th to August 7th.

The events cover a range of topics, from the decolonization of the arts and the role of the media in social and technological change to the future of the creative landscape in the context of Covid-19 and the ongoing climate crisis.

Above: House of Extravaganza by Kleanthis Kyriakou, master of architecture at Central Saint Martins. Above: Chinese Muslim by Qingyu Yang, BA (Hons) photojournalism and documentary photography at the London College of Communication

From the recent report by the Creative Industries Federation A Plan to Reimagine, board member and UAL Vice Chancellor Sir Nigel Carrington, there is a discussion of the relationship between creativity, education and the economy and what this will look like in the next decade of the creative industries.

LCC will host a number of events, including a lecture chaired by documentary filmmaker Pratap Rughani on the decolonization of the arts through the lens of photography, media, history and curation. The meeting will be attended by author and journalist Gary Younge, former Guardian editor-in-chief and now professor of sociology at the University of Manchester, writer and curator Carol Tulloch, and Mark Sealy, managing director of the autograph ABP photography center.

Elsewhere, LCC faculty members will come together to decode the current state of the media landscape and, in particular, to look at the rapidly changing technologies and systems in light of recent events. A number of LCC students who have completed the BA in Graphic Branding and Identity will discuss their work with industry professionals at an event.

UAL eventsSelf-Portrait by Glory Samjolly, BA (Hons) Fine Arts: Painting at Wimbledon College of Arts

Other highlights include a lecture by Central Saint Martins on creativity under pressure and the responsibility of the arts to answer the global problems that came to the fore in 2020. There will also be a discussion between designers and VR artists from the London College of Fashion with a view to the future of fashion shows, which had to adapt quickly to technological solutions due to the block.

The break in physical events has of course also affected shows that have been canceled due to the pandemic. As a solution, UAL and IBM have developed a platform on which the virtual final show for this year's graduates can be accommodated. The storefront features last year's collections of students from the university's six colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts .

The UAL event series for university graduates runs from July 28th to August 7th. Browse the full program and book tickets here: bit.ly/2BvApfg; The UAL graduate show also starts on July 28 and can be found at Graduiertenschau.arts.ac.uk


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