All posts by Giovanna Morra

Fahad A. Dhawi – PhD awarded

The Doctoral Platform at CSM is delighted to announce that Fahad A. Dhawi has been awarded his PhD. 
The project is entitled:
Redesigning Arabic Learning Books
An exploration of the role of graphic communication and typography as visual pedagogic tools in Arabic-Latin bilingual design
Fahad’s supervisory team is composed of: Rathna Ramanathan (DoS), Sheena Calvert, and James Swinson   

Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?


Explore the relationship between graphic design and health at the Wellcome Collection’s latest exhibition, co-curated by Graphic Communication Design Programme Director Rebecca Wright.

Visit the Wellcome Collections websitefor more information.

Putting the Spotlight on Social Enterprise at UAL


Join Peter Ptashko from UnLtd: the UK foundation for social entrepreneurs to discuss the potential for social enterprises created by staff or students to start up and thrive within a university environment.

All UAL staff welcome, scones and wine provided!

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Drama Centre London: Solo Performances


Celebrate the work of our Drama Centre London students with this series of solo performances written by 3rd year BA Acting students, each based on one of the ‘inner attitudes’ of Yat Malmgren’s system.

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Spatial Practices Lecture Series: John Palmesino & Ann-So Rönnskog -Territorial Agency


This autumn, the Spatial Practices Programme will respond to Head of College Jeremy Till’s Creative Unions ‘Call to Action’ and demonstrate how creativity must continue to know no boundaries in order to play a role in the current political landscape.

Territorial Agency is an independent organisation established by John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog that innovatively promotes and works for sustainable territorial transformations. Recent projects include the Anthropocene Observatory with film maker and photographer Armin Linke and curator Anselm Franke, the Museum of Oil in collaboration with Greenpeace, North, Unfinishable Markermeer, the Coast of Europe

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Building Ruptures

MA Architectural History Symposium and Exhibition


Room 6.02, The Bartlett School of Architecture, 22 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0QB

Please join the MA Architectural History 2016-17 cohort for Building Ruptures, a symposium, exhibition and book launch. Building Ruptures will feature a series of position papers from guest speakers, presentations by graduating students, discussions with guest respondents and an exhibition of students’ work. The symposium sessions will cover a diverse range of topics including territories and places, materialities and subjectivities, histories and materialisms, site writing and theorising practices.


Keynotes: Stuart Elden (University of Warwick), Owen Hatherley (Writer) and Katie Lloyd Thomas (University of Newcastle). Respondent: Jon Astbury (Architects’ Journal)


9.30                Welcome

10.00-11.30  Panel 1 & Keynote: Professor Stuart Elden – Terrain: The materiality of territory

11.45-13.00  Panel 2  & Keynote: Professor Katie Lloyd Thomas – Building relations (or transductive research as question and method)

14.00-15.30  Panel 3 & Keynote: Owen Hatherley – Modernism and the Left: Writing political history and architecture in Britain

15.45-16.30  Panel 4: Respondent: Jon Astbury

16.30-17.00  Presentation of the ‘Site-writing’ exhibition

17.00-17.20  Closing Comments

17.30-20.30  Book launch and drinks reception

18.00              Music performance by Sean McBride (of Martial Canterel, Xeno & Oaklander)


The event is free and open to all with no registration required.


Contact:  Professor Peg Rawes (

Brass Art: Gestured 

You and your guests are warmly invited to the Private View of ‘Gestured’ by Brass Art at Chetham’s Library on Friday 13 October at 6.30pm.

‘Gestured’ is a constellation of artworks inspired by alchemy, transformation and symbolic gesture, hidden within the books and secret spaces of Chetham’s Library.

Chetham’s Library is the oldest public library in the UK and is housed in a fifteenth-century sandstone building in the heart of Manchester city centre.

The installation continues 16 October – 8 December 2017 and is open Monday – Friday 10-12.30 and 1.30-4.30.



Brass Art: Gestured Event

There is also an evening event on Saturday 28th October to coincide with Manchester Contemporary


Venue                        Chethams Library

Time                           6 – 8pm

Artist                          Brass Art

Performance            Lydia Kavina world-renowned Theremin musician

Cocktails                    The Alchemist

Join Brass Art for an intimate torchlit tour of the Medieval Museum’s public and hidden spaces. See the artists’ installation ‘Gestured’ illuminated at dusk, accompanied by a live performance from world-renowned Theremin musician Lydia Kavina. Enjoy a smoking, red cocktail created and served by ‘The Alchemist’, in the building forever associated with 16th century scientist and alchemist John Dee.

Please select a time for your torchlit tour. You are welcome to stay for as long as you like before and after your tour. If you would just like to come and drink cocktails, listen to the theremin and enjoy the atmosphere, there is no need to book – just turn up!

‘Gestured’ is part of Meeting Point2, a year-long project led by contemporary art specialists Arts&Heritage ( 

Leading UK and international artists have partnered with 10 museums in Yorkshire, the North West and the North East to produce new artworks inspired by the museums and their collections. 

Funded by Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund, Meeting Point2 presents artworks in unexpected places and supports small and medium scale museums to commission artists, who will create a piece of work in response to the venue. 

Sue McLoughlin

Heritage Manager

Chetham’s Library

Long Millgate


M3 1SB

0161 834 7961

Passagens: Professor Lucy Orta in conversation with Professor Helen Storey

Tuesday 24 October 2017, 5pm to 7.30pm

Drawing on the current debate following the UK’s vote to leave the EU, postgraduate students (both taught and research) at UAL are invited to join the Passagens series of Reading Groups, which offers a broad historical context and the insight by artists and curators whose work evolve around the themes of migration, social sustainability and the environment.

Passagens: Professor Lucy Orta in conversation with Professor Helen Storey
This event is open to all UAL Postgraduate students, UAL staff, as well as a wider community of invited alumni, practitioners and researchers in this field.

Hear two of UAL’s leading Professors from UAL’s Centre for Sustainable Fashion in conversation, speaking about their own projects that directly relate to themes of environmental change, social sustainability and migration.

The work of Helen Storey (Professor of Fashion and Science), widely spans the arts, sciences and new technology fields. Producing projects that illuminate aspects of science and wellbeing in ways that directly interact with the public, with the broad aim of helping individuals reach their full creative potential, Helen will talk about her recent experiences at the Za’atari Camp in Jordan, and projects Love Coats and Dress For Our Time. Using the power of fashion to communicate some of the world’s most complex issues, through fashion, science and wonder, these projects help us change the way we think and act upon climate change.

Lucy Orta’s, (UAL Chair of Art in the Environment) practice as an artist, focuses on social and ecological issues, employing a diversity of media including, drawing, sculpture, installation, couture, photography, video and performance. She often works with communities to create large-scale public projects and exhibits objects resulting from her research in major museums internationally. Lucy has recently presented the Antartica World Passport Delivery Bureau project at the Frieze art fair in London

The ‘in-conversation’ will be followed by a Q&A with the audience, and a drinks reception.

To book your place, email with the following information:

  • Your name, course and college (if applicable)
  • If you are a current student / alumni / staff

About Passagens:

With the aim of interrogating dialogues about a cross-disciplinary subject, Passagens (a Postgraduate Community Reading Group) is a response to the debate following the UK’s vote to leave the EU and increased anxiety amongst students at UAL around issues surrounding the act of migration.

Passagens takes its meaning from the linguistic variables of the Portuguese ‘passagem’, which implies a number of different journeys: from one period in life to another, from one country, language culture and conviction to another, from being home to being a foreigner, from student to professional, child to teenager to adult, but also from one geological epoch to another, and allows for diverse perspectives to interweave.

This event is the first in our second series of events, organised by Lucy Orta, Professor of Art and the Environment and member of Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF), in collaboration with CSF Associate Curator Camilla Palestra, and is supported by the UAL Postgraduate Community.

See the Postgraduate Community Blog for more information



Call For Papers: The First Dress Conference of the African Diaspora


The Costume Institute of the African Diaspora (CIAD) is a resource hub for anyone with an interest in costume, fashion, textiles and adornments from Africa and the African Diaspora. In May 2018, CIAD will hold the first ever dress conference of the African Diaspora, which will seek to understand how African Diaspora communities came to be visually represented, or established their identities through clothing and adornment.

Ph.D./ MA students, researchers, and curators are invited to present papers at the conference using case studies, collections or current research about the way people of African heritage have been made to, or have chosen to use clothing and adornment to visually represent themselves. Interested? Visit MyArts to find out more.

Academic Publishing – IB Tauris


Wednesday 8 November 2017

Room D115 2-4pm

Central Saint Martins, KX


Academic Publishing 

A short talk by art, gender and cultural studies commissioning editor, Lisa Goodrum from I.B.Tauris with a Q&A to follow.

Topics covered in the talk will include:

  • how to choose a publisher
  • what an Editor looks for in a project
  • how to write a strong proposal
  • common pitfalls to avoid
  • understanding the publishing process

There will be the chance to ask questions about adapting a thesis to the monograph form or potential book project ideas.


Organized by:

Dr Jane Tynan

Cultural Studies for Fashion / Textile & Jewellery Programme
Pathway Leader: MA Fashion Communication (Critical Studies)
Central Saint Martins , University of the Arts London
Granary Building, 1 Granary Square
London N1C 4AA