When the pandemic hit, the art students lost their chance to exhibit at the annual showcases, where their hard work was visible to buyers and commissions.
Now 7,000 of these artists can exhibit at UAL’s first online graduate exhibition.
The The University of the Arts in London will unveil a new digital platform that will house the final collections of college graduates of fine arts, photography, design and fashion with alumni such as Alexander McQueen, Jimmy Choo and Anish Kapoor.
Instead of the live graduate shows that would take place, viewers can find their own way through the collections, whether they’re disciplined or dealing with a range of topics, from climate change to coronavirus to Black Lives Matter.
It is the first time students from all six colleges – Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts – have their collections on display at the same place.
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The new platform was created to mimic the feeling of a personal presentation as closely as possible. The public and professionals can interact with students, buy their work, and participate in curated events that are streamed live online.
UAL Chancellor Grayson Perry said he looks forward to “discovering the creators, rebels and innovators of tomorrow,” adding that “I always find it a highlight of summer to see what UAL students do for their final collections “.