Hajnalka Rezes, MA Ceramics, UCA Farnham

The University for the Creative Arts continues to build and maintain strong relationships with outstanding practitioners, organisations and businesses. Students and tutors in the School of Crafts & Design take advantage of such links by engaging with live projects and commissions. The following list of professional and creative outcomes illustrates a small selection of our success stories and connections in an increasingly competitive global environment.

  • Beverly Ayling-Smith, a current UCA PhD student, recently had a work purchased for the permanent collection of the Whitworth Art Gallery and was invited to hold a solo exhibition at the prestigious GalleryGallery in Kyoto which opened in September 2013. In October 2013, Beverly had a chapter titled 'Cloth, Memory and Mourning' published in The Strangled Cry: The Communication & Experience of Trauma (Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2013). A. Nanda & P. Bray (eds).
  • Course Leader for BA (Hons) Textiles for Fashion & Interiors, Hannah White, and Senior Lecturer Diana Harrison will have work exhibited in the Lace Effects exhibitions from October 2013 at Cite Internationale de dentelle et de la mode de Calais, France. The exhibition is part of the Chrysalis Project, a European Social Fund project.
  • UCA's Professor of Textile Culture, Lesley Millar, was funded by the Arts Council England and all the major Japanese funding organisations, to curate a major exhibition showcasing the work of textile artists from around the world at a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The exhibition, Cloth & Memory {2}, used the familiarity of cloth to connect audience, place and artist and featured work from UCA’s Textiles for Fashion and Interiors lecturer Diana Harrison and recent MA graduates.
  • MA Contemporary Crafts student, Hajnalka Rezes, has been selected to appear on MAstars, the influential online exhibition of work by emerging artists from leading MA courses in the UK. Hajnalka's collection of interactive, ceramic and metal utensils also captured the attention of the Director of New Ashgate Gallery, Dr Outi Remes, during her visit to the UCA's MAde exhibition 2013. Outi was delighted by the work on show and explained: "This exciting partnership between UCA and the New Ashgate Gallery will provide opportunities for students and recent graduates to showcase their work in the market place, allow them to learn about curating and exhibiting, and provide them with professional development support to help them launch a successful career in their chosen field."
  • Professor of Modern Craft, Simon Olding, has been made Patron of Stroud International Textiles (SIT). In his role of Patron, Professor Olding will be working with SIT to help promote contemporary textiles to a wider audience through the nationally renowned festival, SIT Select. SIT's aim is to celebrate contemporary applied arts and its links to other art forms such as performance, music and writing. In his new role Simon will be working alongside Angie Wyman, Course Leader for the Degree Programme in Hand Embroidery who is a member of the SIT Advisory Board.
  • Our Hand Embroidery degree courses at The Royal School of Needlework were ‘Highly Commended’ at the inaugural Crafts Skills Awards in 2013, for ‘Encouraging Craft in an Educational Setting’.
  • Professor Martin Charter is an internationally renowned authority on sustainable innovation and design, and its relationship to business. In recognition of his work, Professor Charter recently received a ‘World Green Design Award’ for his outstanding contribution to green design. Martin sat on the sustainable innovation advisory boards for Proctor and Gamble and InterfaceFlor, and is currently an expert advisor forthe European Commission's Foresight Programmes on the Industrial Landscape Vision (2025) and Eco-innovation (2035). Professor Charter, Director of The Centre for Sustainable Design ® has recently co-written a free online booklet for eco-innovators that has been downloaded over 10,000 times since March 2013. This publication along with 'Eco Design for Building Product Companies' are free to download from cfsd.org.uk/research.
  • The Victoria & Albert Museum are displaying work by Kyosun Jung, winner of the Young 2013 Designer Silversmith competition. Her winning design was crafted in the workshop of internationally-renowned silversmith Clive Burr before being presented to the V&A to be put on permanent display. Kyosun’s success builds upon UCA student Shaun Grace's winning design in 2011.
  • Contemporary Jewellery Lecturer, Lina Peterson, has been selected for the prestigious Schmuck Exhibition in Munich, Spring 2014.
  • Contemporary Jewellery graduate, Jessica Frost was selected for the pick of UK graduate jewellery exhibition at Kath Libbert Gallery in November 2013.
  • HRH Princess Michael of Kent attended the Craftsmanship and Design Awards where the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) won the College Trophy for the twentieth time in twenty one years. The annual prize-giving, organised by the Goldsmiths' Design and Craft Council, took place in London on 4 March 2013.
  • Her Majesty the Queen wore graduate Ivonna Poplanska’s prize-winning brooch The Eternal Dove on Christmas Day 2012 at Sandringham. Ivonna said; “I am very proud that my work was selected to mark Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee in such a special way…” 
  • Our Product Design courses provide the professional design skills to work in a wide range of industries. Live projects and placements in high profile design studios enable students to gain their first employed product design experience. Graduates from our courses have gone on to work for notable brands such as Huawei (China) smartphones, Iguzzini (Italy) kitchen products and lighting design products, LG/Samsung (Korea) for domestic appliances, Vauxhall Automotive and many other major international companies.
  • Our new MA Design Course Leader, Katarina Dimitrijevic, promotes the relationship between artefacts, systems and the global environment through a participatory and collaborative approach to learning and research. The course is designed for practitioner-researchers who believe the future is not just somewhere we are heading but something we are making today. Our culturally diverse community welcomes those with the commitment and drive to initiate such change. Students will be encouraged to work across subjects and in collaboration with our three internationally renowned Research Centres.

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