The University of the Arts London is Europe’s largest art education institution encompassing a huge range of creative courses over a total of six colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion, Wimbledon College of Art.
We know that our over 22,000 current students and countless more recent graduates produce exciting, fresh and beautiful works of art and design but sometimes find it hard to break into the art market. Made in Arts London was created to tackle this very issue.
The idea was conceived in 2011 by one of our then current students, Kate Rintoul, and Student Union Sabbatical Officer, Robyn Minogue. After securing a creative enterprise grant from the National Union of Students, University staff began work on the project and Made in Arts London was born.
Alongside the Made in Arts London staff team we have a group of lovely Creative Ambassadors – current students from all over the University who want more experience in an emerging creative business – who help us with everything from promotion to spotting the next big thing.
Everything we sell is designed and created exclusively by either our current students or recent graduates, and picked by a panel of industry experts who meet every few months. This panel changes every time and anyone who has experience in business, not necessarily in the creative sector, is welcome to join.
Ultimately, Made in Arts London was set up to support our students and graduates and this is our number one priority. We want to offer our artists financial support in a time where fees are rising and cost of living is increasing, but also pastoral support in the form of free workshops, networking activities and opportunities to promote their emerging practice.