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The New Local 4: Office Wilderness

To celebrate the fourth iteration of The New Local, an event took place at Mare Street on 30 November 2017 where staff brought along office indoor plants to take part in a plant-swap event.

In the fourth publication LCF staff received a small botanical guide of some of the humble plants around the College, recognising their potential as a means of transformation. This publication catalogs the plant life that inhabits the offices and rooms within five campuses.

Bringing nature inside has been our way of making the work place more welcoming and hospitable, but it’s also a way to make the artificial environment feel less so. At the same time, these indoor plants are an architectural intervention as much as a botanical one, negotiated between the natural behaviour of the plants and the new environment they are bought into.

Copies of the botanical guide have been sent acorss LCF sites. Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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.

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.

The New Local 4: The Botanical Issue

The New Local – Botanical Issue 

For the 4th issue of The New Local in Autumn, Study O Portable are producing a botanical guide to plants found inside LCF buildings. It will be an illustrated booklet of different plants people have in their offices and workshops, with some information about each plant.

We would love to hear from LCF staff if you are interested in sharing your stories about plants in your workspaces.

Please get in touch with us at:

About the project

The New Local is a series of events and publications devised by Study O Portable. It will collect, archive and study memories and perspectives of the current sites and architecture. Events will be held three times a year in the run up to the move to LCF’s new single campus in Stratford. The results will be edited into a series of publications that will inform the design of architectural amulets installed in the new site. These amulets will comprise small reminders, comforters and tokens that negotiate the past, the present and the future of LCF.


The New Local, Issue 3 – Wish You Were Here!

The third issue of The New Local, Wish You Were Here!, explored different views from LCF buildings in the form of a postcard book. In each image, an outward view is framed by the architectural details of the building. Like the holiday postcards from the seaside, the postcards here are records of locations that are sometimes familiar and other times exotic to us, but all of them are equally significant in the way they present specific combination of the outside and the inside. See if you can guess the site locations from the images below (answers at the end of this post).

We were joined by staff at our Lime Grove campus canteen which boasts terrific views. They were encouraged to guess the views from postcards by looking through viewfinders. We also had prizes on offer along with coffee and home-made cakes. Staff that joined us found out more about this ongoing project, LCF buildings past and present and shared their own memories with their fellows.

The images above are views from:

  1. Lime Grove
  2. John Princes Street
  3. Lime Grove
  4. John Princes Street
  5. High Holborn
  6. Mare Street
  7. John Princes Street
  8. Golden Lane
  9. Mare Street
  10. Curtain Road
  11. John Princes Street
  12. John Princes Street

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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