Being East

A dialogue about Stratford and the local area, including tips, travel, and opportunities for staff to get to know our new home.

Fashion District and LCF launch Schools Innovation Challenge

As part of the EAST-Education initiative, London College of Fashion and Fashion District will be running a Schools Innovation Challenge. The competition hopes to inspire and challenge Key Stage 2 & 3 students to consider how new technologies could change the way we shop.

Between March and June, students will be introduced to new concepts which will challenge them to think creatively, work as a team and build digital and problem-solving skills. On June 17th, teams of students will be invited to submit their own concepts for what their own “store of the future” could look like through the use of technology.

Shortlisted entries will be invited to pitch at a celebratory event, where winners will be selected by a panel of industry experts. Generously sponsored by Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, there will be six cash prizes with 2 x £1500 for the winning entries and 4 x £500 for the two runners up in each category to support the creative curriculum back in school.

We will be sharing some of the winning entries here in Summer 2019.

LCF students design hoardings at Olympic Park site

LCF and London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) have launched a competition for LCF students to design a high impact artwork for the hoardings which will be installed around the building site at Stratford where the East Bank development, including LCF’s new home, is being built.

An opportunity for one student’s work to take centre stage at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, at a site next to the London Aquatics Centre (which has approx 1 million visitors per year, most of whom come from the surrounding communities). The hoarding design will be installed by the end of April 2019, in time for the FINA World Diving Championships in May, which sees the site filled with global media and film crews.

Students who registered interest went on a tour of the site to get an understanding of the size of the work and its viewpoints, and submissions were entered on 8 March. Judging is currently in process, and the panel includes representatives from LLDC, LCF’s Course Leader for BA (Hons) Fashion Imaging and Illustration Cameron Haynes, and representatives for Legacy Youth Voice; the panel of young people who live and study in the area.

We will soon announce the winner and show the work being installed, so watch this space and make sure you visit the Aquatics Centre next time you are in Stratford!

Fashion District to make East London the global capital of fashion technology

Plans to make East London the global hub of fashion technology have been announced today at the launch of the capital’s new Fashion District.

Fashion District aims to return world-leading fashion manufacturing and design to east London with sites in East Bank, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Hackney Wick, Haringey and Poplar. It aims to boost growth through thousands of new jobs, improving skills and training, and the provision of new affordable workspaces.

Fashion is currently worth £1.4bn to the east London economy and has seen a rise of more than 10,000 fashion jobs in east London between 2010 and 2015.  The work of the Fashion District is predicted to provide a further boost to the area with additional jobs.

Professor Frances Corner, OBE, Head of London College of Fashion, UAL, speaks at the launch of the Fashion District. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2018. Photo: John Nguyen/PA Wire

Professor Frances Corner, OBE, Head of London College of Fashion, UAL, speaks at the launch of the Fashion District. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2018. Photo: John Nguyen/PA Wire

The new plans unveiled today will build on a long history in fashion manufacturing and legacy in East London to ensure that the area is the centre for fashion education, design, business and technology. Throughout the capital’s history the east end has been at the centre of fashion manufacturing – from silk weaving in Spitalfields to all the work of the seamstresses and tailors. Currently 23 per cent of the capital’s fashion enterprises and employment are based in east London, and this new hub will support further growth through training and provision of technology used in fashion production – 3D printing, laser cutting, interactive and wearable fabrics – and design software.

Professor Frances Corner, Pro Vice-Chancellor UAL and Head of London College of Fashion said:

“London needs to act now if it wants to stay at the forefront of the fashion tech revolution. Emerging businesses only grow with significant support in skills, advocacy, innovation and investment. That’s what the Fashion District will bring. I am particularly delighted the London Boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Haringey, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest have pledged their support. Working with London Boroughs will accelerate the development of space and business support for SMEs and attracting light manufacturing to east London.”

(L to R) Designer Christopher Raeburn, with young designers Bethany Williams, Sabinna Rachimova, Daniel Fletcher, and Emile Vidal-Carr, at the launch of the Fashion District, which is a new hub for fashion innovation that aims to return world-leading fashion manufacturing and design to the east end, held at Christopher Raeburn’s studio in London. Photo: John Nguyen/PA Wire

This brand-new approach comes as the result of an innovative collaboration by London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, the British Fashion Council (BFC), UK Fashion and Textiles, the Mayor of London, London Legacy Development Corporation (LDDC), Unibail Rodamco-Westfield, Poplar HARCA, The Trampery, Fashion Enter, Here East, Newham College, and the London Boroughs of Hackney, Haringey, Newham, Waltham Forest and Tower Hamlets.

LCF and partners host Open House Vote 100 Event at Here East

LCF alongside Sadler’s Wells, Smithsonian, UCL, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the BBC, hosted a free day of fun and entertainment at Here East, celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage. Guests enjoyed dance, music and poetry, displays, debates, workshops and screenings suitable for all ages, delivered by a group of world-class cultural and education organisations. Below we share some highlights from the events that took place.

Alpha Females performances

A group of BA (Hons) Costume Design for Performance students worked on a project called Alpha Females, in honour of 100 years of women’s suffrage. Alpha Females is a performance featuring a series of characters from third century Palmyrene Queen Zenobia to Simone de Beauvoir. The students designed costumes and worked with actors on monologues, that were performed at the event.

The long conversation with LCF guests Charlie Craggs, Akinola Davies Jnr and Ada Zanditon

Motive/Motif exhibition, singing, dancing, making

LCF students and twenty commissioned renowned and emerging artists and designers, each created an embroidered handkerchief to mark Women’s Suffrage and the passing of the 1918 Representation of the People Act. The starting point for this project and exhibition is a handkerchief that was embroidered in 1912 by women suffragettes who were imprisoned at Holloway Prison. The contemporary handkerchiefs that commemorate the Suffragettes were exhibited alongside the original 1912 handkerchief which is on loan from the Priest House & Sussex Archaeological Society, West Sussex at the Open House event.

The event was supported by Queen Elizabeth Olympic ParkFoundation for FutureLondon and Here East.

Creative organisations come together for shared internship programme

London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has launched a new shared-internship programme delivered by cultural education organisation A New Direction, and London College of Fashion is going to host one of seven talented young people from east London boroughs. STEP (Shared Training & Employment Programme) is a programme designed and developed in partnership with founding members Bow Arts, Sadler’s Wells and London College of Fashion to:

  • Increase diversity across the creative and cultural sector by creating access routes for those under-represented in the sector: Black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME), people with disabilities and those from low socio-economic backgrounds
  • Promote fair and formal access routes into the sector by working with creative organisations to introduce new recruitment processes
  • Create a shared model that looks to develop a wide range of skills across core disciplines within the arts to better prepare young people for careers in the sector
  • Promote, encourage and work towards the London Living Wage across the arts.

The programme also aims to encourage and promote good work practices in line with the Mayor of London’s draft Good Work Standard for London businesses.

The seven interns aged 18-30 have been selected from the four neighbouring boroughs of Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest, and have begun positions across London College of Fashion, NTS live, Bow Arts, Rosetta Arts and Sadler’s Wells Theatre. Over a 12 month period, participants will experience placements within at least two different host organisations, giving interns the perfect chance to experience more than one area of cultural / creative employment. Creative Access are providing aspects of the training in order to encourage and support participants’ personal and professional development.

‘Programmes such as this are vital in ensuring access to the creative industries for all. I strongly believe that talent and creativity know no social or cultural boundaries, so by partnering on this programme, we aim to nurture talented east Londoners looking for their first step into employment within the creative industries.’ Professor Frances Corner, Head of London College of Fashion and Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of the Arts London

Businesses will create opportunities in marketing, digital content production, operations, fundraising, learning and participation, production and programming, and placements will include a programme of masterclasses, skills workshops and industry mentors. Participants will be paid the London Living Wage for the duration of the placements.

At the end of the programme, young professionals will have the skills to move on into a range of careers including arts administration, marketing, production, programming and curation, community outreach, operations management and creating digital content across London’s creative industry.

‘I’ve needed something like this programme for the longest time. I’ve needed a role where I can show off my skill set as well as learn new skills that I can take with me for the rest of my working life.’ Jordan Reilly, aged 23 from Tower Hamlets, placed with LCF

‘For many young people, a career in the creative industries can seem out of reach – something only available to those who can afford to go to university and work unpaid internships. STEP offers an amazing opportunity to not only give a group of talented young individuals the experience and training they need to start their careers, but also the chance to show how much London’s young creatives have to offer – regardless of their background.’ Steve Moffitt, Chief Executive of A New Direction

City Challenge London

The East London Fashion Cluster partners (LCF, British Fashion Council, UKFT and The Mayor’s Office) have set a challenge to make London’s fashion industry more sustainable with a challenge for new businesses.

City Challenge calls for all innovators, entrepreneurs and all round big thinkers to develop innovative solutions to creating a more circular fashion industry in London. 

€10,000 will be awarded to two innovative submissions that successfully demonstrate ways of implementing the circular economy in London’s Fashion industry. 

The City Challenge sets two London challenges, looking to use FashTech to:

  • Create systemic change for a London fashion loop
  • Develop a focussed intervention that will contribute to a more circular fashion industry

Find out more, discover the challenges and submit your ideas for your chance to win €10,000 on the Challenge website

Come to Plexal , Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, to find out more about the challenge, hear from expert speakers and discover what the City Challenge is looking for at the launch event on the 2nd November and people can book tickets via Eventbrite

4Fashion: where we are now

You may have read in the Architects Journal about the masterplan for Stratford Waterfront changing to protect a view of St Paul’s Cathedral from Richmond Park. This has lead to the partners on the site reconvening to submit a new design for the development on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

This has allowed the group opportunities to further refine their building designs, but also that of the surrounding environment. Landscape architects LDA, who designed the Park originally in time for the 2012 Olympic Games, have been appointed. They have been looking at other sites around the world for inspiration, and we include some images of those here.

Some of the themes they have been looking at are:

  • The dual aspect nature of the site, looking at the union between the front of the buildings on to the Olympic Park and the back, facing the city.
  • Making the most of the waterfront, and using this to create an area of beauty.

  • Including as much nature in the space as possible, on every level, including any roof level

  • The public realm, and how to make this a calming and inspirational place to spend time for everyone.

Creative Dance and Technology Lab

The London College of Fashion Arts Programme and East London Dance are delighted to offer students and emerging practitioners the exciting opportunity to take part in the inaugural Creative Dance and Technology Lab, an initiative aimed at bringing costume design, technology and dance closer together.

Tony Mills WatchiT! Photo by Alex Rumford

A select group consisting of a mixture of costume designers, choreographers and creative technologists will take part in a week-long workshop and be offered the chance to come together in teams to develop a body of work over the summer months in 2017.

Starting with a 1-Week Intensive in July comprised of presentations, workshops and testing in the newly opened Digital Learning Lab and Arcade East spaces at Mare Street, participants can then split into smaller groups to develop their ideas further. They will investigate how physical computing, mixed and virtual reality and e-textiles can inform their practice when combined with dance and choreography. Space can be booked by groups for rehearsals and tests of individual projects before coming together for another full week of rehearsals in early September. At the end of this week, groups will present their idea and performance to pitch for a place at East London Dance’s Fashion Weekender in Spring 2018.

This call is open to UAL students and alumni from backgrounds in fashion and costume, media production and interactive design subjects. It is also open to emerging choreographers with an interest in exploring the possibilities of technology and collaborative working practices.

Please join us at Arcade East on 16 May to hear more about this opportunity, book your place here.

Key Dates:

  • w/o 8 May – More details about programme and application procedures announced
  • 16 May – Creative Dance and Technology Lab – Project briefing. Find out more details about the creative lab programme: 6.30-9pm, Arcade East, LCF, 182 Mare Street, E8 3RE
  • 31 May – Application deadline
  • w/o 5 June – Selection of workshop participants
  • 17-21 July – Creative Lab Intensive week 1
  • August – Possibility for groups to book rehearsal time in Arcade East
  • 4-9 Sep – Creative Lab Intensive week 2
  • Before 13 Sep – Selection of piece for Fashion + Dance Weekender 2019

Students from schools across Newham take part in a workshop exploring subjects through make up and props

Students from primary and secondary schools across Newham came together at the University of East London, with tutors and students from London College of Fashion, for a workshop exploring subjects through make up and props.

Michele Buchanan, Senior Outreach Manager at London College of Fashion said:

Thanks to UEL for welcoming us to their site, it is so positive to work together to promote the arts across the borough. The students got really excited and it was so lovely to see so many boys playing with make up and getting stuck in. The Newham art teachers put so much into this behind the scenes creating the best props for the shoot, a huge thanks to everyone involved.

The wonderful photographs created by the students will be used to promote the annual Art Matters exhibition at UEL. The show comprises works of art from Primary Schools, Secondary Schools and Colleges within Newham with outreach connections to UAL.

The show is a celebration of the talent of students across Newham and celebrates the dedication of the Newham art teachers who are so passionate about the subject. London College of Fashion, is pleased to support the show and we look forward to welcoming students to our new Stratford site in the future.

Art Matters exhibition opening, Tuesday 4 July at the University of East London, Docklands campus, School of Arts and Digital Industries, 4-6 university Way, London, E16 2PD

Force of Nature – new exhibition at Mile End Art Pavilion

Last week a new exhibition called Force of Nature opened at The Art Pavilion in Mile End, curated by LCF Research Fellow James Putnam.

It aims to communicate an awareness of nature’s increasing fragility and some of the works on display are concerned with urgent issues of ecological and social sustainability.

Movement, light, birth, growth, ageing, decay and rebirth are among the energies or ‘forces’ that artists strive to capture in the exhibition. Using a diverse range of media including organic materials, they are continually searching and synthesising new ways to redefine our relationship with nature. The work from the 28 artists involved will be evocative, provocative or sublime, with some conveying an urgent environmental message.

Images by Benjamin Lansky

The exhibition will be on display until 6 April 2017.

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