Category: LCF Partners

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

Global Disability Innovation Summit takes place in east London

The first day at the Global Disability Innovation Hub’s first Disability Summit held at Here East during the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 on Thursday July 13, 2017.

Last week over 250 people attended the world’s first Global Disability Innovation Summit in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It was delivered by the Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub), which is born of the legacy of the 2012 Paralympic Games and aims to use technology to make a difference to the lives of one billion disabled people by 2030.

70 global experts convened to discuss everything from wheelchairs and wearable tech, to art, culture, charity, corporate and sport. Speakers from the World Bank, World Health Organisation, Leonard Cheshire Disability, the Red Cross, UNICEF, International Labour Organisation, Microsoft, Barclays, the BBC, Channel 4 and the British Paralympic Association, joined Paralympians, Comedians, Academics, Artists and local disabled people’s organisation to set out a new manifesto for disability innovation which puts disabled people at its heart. The event will now become bi-annual.

Lord Chris Homes, GDI Hub Chair said I’m absolutely delighted at the outstanding success of our first GDI Hub Summit. It was a complete sell out for two days of superb presentations from an incredible range of speakers including academics, Government ministers, broadcasters, tech companies large and small (and more). I am completely inspired by the potential for innovation through collaboration which is at the core of the GDI Hub Mission, with disabled people leading the way and completely involved at every stage.

Outcomes from the event were:

  • GDI Hub will host the Enable Makeathon 2 with the International Committee of the Red Cross, led by UCL. This will provide teams from around the world the chance to come to London and help design new products and services that help people in conflict and post-conflict situations around the themes of Accessibility and Employability.
  • Corporates can support the work of the Hub by sponsoring the Global Disability Innovation Accelerator, run in conjunction with PLEXAL.
  • LCF and UCL have worked together to launch a new MSc in Design, Disability and Innovation, which will be forthcoming next year. We will post more information on this shortly.

LCF and Create London collaborate to deliver tailoring workshops to college students

During the summer, LCF in collaboration with Create London, delivered an ‘Introduction to the Waistcoat’ to students at Barking and Dagenham College, as part of a series of bespoke tailoring workshops.

Students from Barking and Dagenham college taking part in the tailoring workshop

Students from Barking and Dagenham college taking part in the tailoring workshop

The workshops were delivered by BA (Hons) Bespoke Tailoring tutor Winston Rose, and supported by Outreach ambassadors Eva Samuel and Paige Rene, BA (Hons) Bespoke Tailoring students at LCF.  Winston, Eva and Paige worked with the students to produce waistcoats, teaching them specialist tailoring and handcraft skills.

Tailoring workshop at Barking and Dagenham Collegg

Tailoring workshop at Barking and Dagenham College

Create London is a social enterprise that seeks to explore the ways artists can contribute to the lives of people in cities and they are currently working on an extensive project celebrating the life and work of Hardy Amies. The project aims to highlight and celebrate The White House’s history and its connection to the iconic British tailor, who lived there as a child during the 1920s and 1930s. Whilst Hardy Amies is probably best known for being a personal designer to the Queen he has also worked in film, costume design and interiors.

Winston Rose teaching the college students tailoring skills

Winston Rose teaching the college students tailoring skills

It has opened my mind to the possibilities of other fashion courses and pathways  – Stephanie, Barking and Dagenham College student.

Thoughts from students

I would definitely do this course again, I loved it” – Eleanor, student

It was very challenging as I have never done tailoring before, but I really enjoyed it” Kayleigh, student

I really enjoyed learning new stitching techniques and skills” Ellie, student

I loved seeing my waistcoat come together” Paige, student

Thoughts from Winston

‘This was an ambitious project, creating the waistcoats required the use of advanced tailoring skills for these students, who were just completing their first year of a 2 year BTEC Diploma in Fashion and Garment Construction. The students were determined, and working together with the LCF Peer Mentors and myself were able to rise to the challenge of completing their waistcoats over the two-day workshop. It is a wonderful experience working with the College. It gave me the opportunity to reflect upon my teaching practice, and to work with younger students; I felt uplifted and inspired working with these creative young minds. I enjoy giving young people an opportunity to experience what it is like to study at LCF, and I hope it encourages them to consider studying fashion in Higher Education.’

It made me realise I really did want to work in the fashion industry” Benie, student

I am now thinking of doing tailoring at university” Samira, student

I am interested in the ethical side of the fashion industry and would like to learn more about that” Eleanor, student

Debate Tech presents a vision for London’s digital future

Debate Tech, a Tech London Advocate event was held at Stratford venue Here East in February 2016. The Mayoral candidates from the main parties discussed their policies around technology and presented their vision for London’s digital future.

The following candidates were in attendance:Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat
Sadiq Khan, Labour
Sian Berry, Green
Zac Goldsmith, Conservative
The format of the event reflected a traditional hustings, with candidates having the opportunity to address the audience before facing a series of questions from the event compere – Michael Hayman.

The key themes arising from the discussion were:-
– Each candidate promised that they would like to future-proof London as the leading European capital for digital technology creativity and innovation.
– More investment would be made available to ensure greater connectivity for all areas of London and for London to have faster broadband speeds
– Each candidate promised that they would create a new post in the Mayors Office – Chief Digital Officer for London
– The need for London to have a Tech Manifesto which would form a much wider digital governance strategy
– All candidates wanted more tech start ups. A key objective for London was to start and grow SME’S. However, all candidates realised that there is a desperate shortfall of affordable work and living space
– The need to increase SME’s digital awareness (particularly keeping IP secure) and digital capacity in order for them to scale up
– The shortage of real digital awareness in education
– The need to create more digital apprenticeships – Hackney Community College being one of the first in London to do so.

The Tech Manifesto will be launched at a tech hustings ahead of the Mayoral election on 5th May 2016.

Read more on Centre for London’s website here

Allies and Morrison hold community engagement sessions in Stratford

Allies and Morrison, the architects creating the new buildings on the Stratford Waterfront site for London College of Fashion, UAL, UCL, V&A and Sadlers Wells, and London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) have been holding community engagement sessions in Stratford to gather opinions and feedback on the plans for the regeneration of the area.

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They have completed three pop-up consultations, which included display boards detailing plans for the site, and models of how the site might look. So far there have been 570 people who have stopped to discuss the plans. The final pop up is on Saturday 5 March in Fish Island, Hackney Wick and then the final exhibition on 15 March at Gerry’s Kitchen.

Overall the response has been really positive with support for the draft masterplan and its design principles. The project is considered a positive use of land that is otherwise vacant. The partners were specifically welcomed to the area, to increase opportunities and reasons to visit the Park.

Comments included, “I have lived in Stratford for 35 years and I haven’t visited the Park this would make me go.” Feedback also included a reminder that green space is extremely important, and people felt the buildings should have individual character and designs that have some reference to east London industrial heritage.

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Some more comments were,

  • “Anything but glass tower blocks”
  •  “The Olympic Park has iconic architecture so it is important to develop bold and high quality buildings”

Suggestions for events and activities were varied but included ideas for an open air cinema, theatre productions, music concerts, dance events and food markets. Respondents were keen to see engagement from the partners with local schools, suggesting LCF and Sadler’s Wells should offer summer programmes, placements and taster sessions for local people. The partners should operate an open-door policy and also work to engage those without children/young families. In terms of community facilities people would like to see affordable meeting spaces for local people to use that also considers the ethnically diverse needs of east London.


Careers seminar for local students


LCF in collaboration with LLDC (London Legacy Development Corporation) and Newham Borough Council have developed a fashion seminar, to raise awareness of the range of jobs within fashion and provide information on pathways into further training and jobs. The free seminar for 100 Newham residents aged 14-21, is running at the Skills Place in Westfield on Saturday 5th March.

Speakers include LCF Short Course tutor Toby Meadows, a fashion consultant who has worked with Topshop, Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood, plus LCF alumni John William, a fashion journalist and stylist who has worked with photographer Rankin and footwear designer Havva Mustafa.

Read the article in the Newham Recorder

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