What’s so special about UAL Alumni?

We shout it loud from our website and catalogue that when you purchase art and design from the emerging artists and designers of MiAL, you are potentially investing in the stars of tomorrow. But what makes us so confident of the positive futures of UAL graduates?

Anish Kapoor, Royal Academy 2009

Well maybe it could be something to do with University of the Arts London’s rather impressive track record. 40% of Turner prize winners have been UAL Alumni, from the very first winner Malcolm Morley of Camberwell  in 1984 to 2013 and Central St Martin’s Laure Prouvast. And that’s of course not forgetting the small matter of winners whose work has come to become iconic of why Britain is such a world player in the art world, from Anish Kapoor to Gilbert and George to the permanent global watching of Anthony Gormley’s iconic figurative sculptures.

Still from Steve McQueen’s Turner Prize winning short ‘Deadpan’ 1997

 Oh and when they are not busy winning the Turner, they might just be busy picking up an Oscar or two (Steve McQueen – Chelsea Alumni and Mike Leigh – CSM Alumni).

Even outside of what we might consider fine art, there is no escaping MiAL Alumni. Having been brought to the V&A after a campaign  to show it again after its sell out run at New York Metropolitan, The ‘Savage Beauty’ retrospective of Central St Martins alumni Alexander McQueen is going to be one of  London’s 2015 cultural highlights.

If you prefer your fashion a little less alien then perhaps fellow CSM alumni Stella McCartney might be for you, Stella has not only carved her own name in fashion beyond her famous father but has also been a pioneer in ethical clothing and animal rights, possibly being the first designer to make vegetarian shoes desirable. Not that UAL will limit your accessories choice with LCF alumni also including the fabulous footwear of Patrick Cox and Jimmy Choo.


(L to R – shoes by Patrick Cox, Jimmy Choo ans Stella MCartney)

Lion King Designed by Richard Hudson

The Lion King 1999, Set and Costumes by Richard Hudson

You are also very likely to have encountered our graduates in the theatre, Wimbledon Alumni stage designer Richard Hudson is known for his huge imaginative stage worlds, including that little known show ‘ The Lion King’ which has so far been seen by over 65 million people across the world.  You might even be sitting in a chair from the iconic Conran shop, overseen by Central Saint Martin’s alumni Terence Conran. 

Recent graduates should also not be forgotten, Jack Irving  only graduated from Performance Design & Practice at Central Saint Martins last summer but already is in demand with his creations dancing across our small screens on the X factor and even being worn by Lady Gaga. Simone Rocha graduated with an MA in Fashion from  in 2010 and after her incredibly successful London Fashion week debut has had her work worn by Chloe Moretz, Saoirse Ronan and even Rhianna. Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier have gone on from their BA in Hair, Make Up and Prosthetics at London College of Fashion to win an Oscar for their involvement with Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel at this year’s Oscars.

Frances and Mark’s magical transformation on Tilda Swinton for The Grand Budapest Hotel

Many of our MiAL artists are already garnering national attention with Cadi Froelich being shortlisted for the Red Mansion prize, Sarah Fortais shortlisted for the Caitlin prize and Monica Alcazar Duarte’s ‘Your Photos could be used by Drug Dealers’  being purchased by  MoMA and Yale Institute Gallery for their Artist’s book collections.

Now that you are sold on the amazing extent of talent from UAL make sure you RSVP to our upcoming independent exhibition ‘Capsule’ and meet the award winners of tomorrow!