Graduate work from all colleges making up the University of the Arts London will be showcased on a digital platform launching to the public on 28 July and spanning fashion and graphic design, to fine art and special effects.
The UAL Graduate Showcase will host the final collections of 7,000 graduating students from UAL’s colleges including the London College of Fashion, Central Saint Martins, Camberwell College of Arts, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication and Wimbledon College of Arts.
This is the first time that graduate work from all colleges has been showcased together in one space.
Created in lieu of the conventional, physical degree shows that have been cancelled across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic, the showcase will allow members of the public and professionals from across the creative industries to interact with students, buy their work and attend curated live events.
I’ve always said that UAL is the world’s biggest factory for making trouble – so visit the platform to discover the creators, rebels and innovators of tomorrow and be ready to expect the unexpected! – Grayson Perry
“Now more than ever we need the talent, entrepreneurship, resilience and vision of our creative graduates to reshape our economy and keep our society and culture thriving,” said Nigel Carrington, UAL vice-chancellor.
“The innovative UAL Graduate Showcase platform, which we’ve created with IBM, will bring together all of our graduating students’ final shows for the first time. The Showcase will allow people to interact with the next generation of creative talent from wherever they are across the globe by exploring and buying our students’ work”.
Grayson Perry, UAL Chancellor, said: “Seeing what UAL students put together for their final collections is always a highlight of the summer for me. But this year, instead of spending several evenings exploring student work at each College, I’m excited to be forging my own adventure on the UAL Graduate Showcase and experiencing the collision of disciplines all under one roof.
“I’ve always said that UAL is the world’s biggest factory for making trouble – so visit the platform to discover the creators, rebels and innovators of tomorrow and be ready to expect the unexpected!”
Alumni of UAL’s colleges include artists Anish Kapoor and Gilbert & George, and fashion designers Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen.
The UAL Graduate Showcase Events Programme will run from 28 July to 7 August.