Naomi Bailey-Cooper is currently a PhD student at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London and recipient of the Victoria & Albert Museum / London College of Fashion, Artscom PhD Award. With a background in Fashion Design, her practice-based research explores how embellishment could deliver an alternative to the decorative notion of exotic animal materials. In addition, she works as a part-time Projects Assistant at the Innovation Insights Hub, University of the Arts London, who run interdisciplinary design projects, executive education courses in design thinking and various keynote talks and events. Prior to this, Naomi has worked independently on corporate research projects for companies varying from Mishcon de Reya to Burberry, as a freelance designer/maker and has experience starting up her own enterprise which received European funding and was based at Makerversity, Somerset House.

The Art for the Environment International Artist Residency Programme (AER) provides UAL graduates with the exceptional opportunity to apply for short residencies at one of our internationally renowned host institutions, to explore concerns that define the 21st century – biodiversity, environmental sustainability, social economy, and human rights. Through research, studio practice, critiques and mentoring the AER programme is designed to envision a world of tomorrow; to imagine and create work that challenges how we interact with the environment and each other.

The programme is coordinated by LABVERDE, with the aim to foster the hybridity of expressions, targeted toward adventurous individuals and nature lovers, eager to reflect on nature and landscape. The scheme will promote an intensive experience in the Amazon rainforest aiming to explore the connection between science, art and the natural environment.

The LABVERDE program is a 10-days Art Immersion Program in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest for art, nature andscience lovers.

The core of the artistic research will be based on issues related to the Amazon environment as well as its importance for the planet’s ecological balance. The opportunity to develop innovative studies in the cultural field will be mediated by a high qualified team of specialists within the fields of arts, humanities, biology, ecology and natural science.

The journey is set to take place in two different locations enabling a diverse scale and perspective of the amazon rainforest. Participants will be lodged at the boat and at the scientific headquarters of Adolpho Ducke Reserve administrated by The National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA).

On behalf of UAL, we wish Naomi the best of luck and congratulations. For a full programme of expeditions, talks, meetings and workshops please visit the LABVERDE website

The AER Team: