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Provocative new artworks and architecture: the UAL grads to watch out for

Meet the next generation of talent emerging from one of the world’s most revered art and design institutions

Described by Grayson Perry as “the world’s biggest factory for making trouble”, the University of the Arts London is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious art and design schools in the world. Comprised of six colleges on campuses across the city (including Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion), UAL’s notable alumni include the likes of Alexander McQueen, Gilbert & George, Richard Hamilton, Stella McCartney, Phoebe Philo  and Antony Gormley to name a very few. 

The 2021 Graduate Showcase is now live. Presenting the final projects of students from multiple disciplines, the work this year has been engaging with urgent questions such as: How can we become pandemic-proof? How can we create fairer futures for all? What does it take to make something from nothing? And how do we make sense of our new realities?

“As we adjust to new realities, it will be the creative thinkers who will help us understand and navigate change. As we emerge from a period of unprecedented disruption, they will be the ones to spot opportunities amidst the turmoil,” explains James Purnell, the university’s president and vice-chancellor. “Visible to everyone everywhere, 24-7, we invite the world to come to UAL Graduate Showcase and discover what this generation of creatives is dreaming of, thinking about, and making.”

Below, we shine a spotlight on a selection of incredible talent from the next generation of creatives emerging from this year’s cohort.

Visit the online 2021 Graduate Showcase to see the final projects from this year’s UAL cohort