Students to exhibit work at Origins Creative Arts Festival

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Article by: Ravaé Richardson

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Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Media Production) student Stefany Uzoh and Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Fashion and Textiles) student Sabreen Hassan have been selected to exhibit their work at Origins Creative Arts Festival.

Sabreen Hassan’s fashion designs explore the tense class divide following the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Her collection is titled, ‘They Didn't Want Disruption’, which was a comment made by the leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council who claimed that Grenfell residents declined sprinklers. The collection examines the cultural and political gulf between the council and the working-class community; Sabreen posits that the government chose aesthetics over safety.

Sabreen commented that, “I’m really excited to get my work exhibited as it would put my message across to a wider audience and develop an understanding of current issues that affect us. My message was to show the naivety that the government had towards working class people. ”

Stefany Uzoh’s film titled ‘The Establishment and Her Antagonist’ interrogates the morality of activism and the contradictions that sometimes occur within these movements. 

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Stefany commented that, “Ultimately, I wanted to pay homage to my city. South east London played a tremendous role in sculpting my identity. Therefore, I established the themes in my film alongside the nuances of places that are significant to my upbringing. The piece is light-hearted but hints at heavy topics and points of discussion.”

The students’ bold, socially conscious pieces caught the attention of UAL Awarding Body’s curators, who had received over 360 submissions for the festival this year.

Now in its ninth year, the prestigious Origins Creative Arts Festival ‘celebrates the work and achievements of students completing UAL Awarding Body qualifications at institutions across the UK.’ The festival showcases designs from talented further education students across levels 1 – 4, and offers many students their first experience of presenting their work at a curated exhibition.

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Ross Anderson, Director, UAL Awarding Body said, “Origins Creative Arts Festival offers students the significant opportunity to exhibit their work. It gives them a moment in time where they can experience what it is like to be an arts professional.”

This is only the second year that the festival has exhibited work across all creative disciplines that include art, design, fashion, creative media, music and music-based performing arts compositions.

The festival takes place at the Truman Brewery, Brick Lane from 26 – 28 July 2019, with more information available here.

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