Creative Enterprise Week 2013 // Creative Enterprise Awards Ceremony

(C) University of the Arts London

(C) University of the Arts London

For the final instalment of Melanie’s visits to Creative Enterprise Week events, Melanie attended the Creative Enterprise Week Awards Ceremony.

The event aims celebrates the incredibly talented alumni of the University of The Arts London, those who are following in the steps of fellow successful artists and UAL graduates such as Antony Gormley, Mona Hatoum and David Nash.

After graduating it is hard to know what to do next, so the CEW Awards Ceremony celebrated the graduates who have  made projects by following their own initiative. Prize winners included entrepreneurs, designers, social media agencies, art collectives and entertainers.

I found the awards ceremony particularly inspiring. As a recent UAL graduate, I realised very quickly that I was going to have to create my own opportunities. My (little) success so far has come from creating my own exhibitions with Space Is Ace (a cosmological art collective I started with three other MA Art and Science graduates) and the London Alternative Photography Collective, a forum I started so that alternative photographers could share ideas and processes easily at monthly meetings.

I thought that the awards ceremony really reflected UAL’s commitment to the success of their graduates, as winners were awarded with tailored prizes such as MooCards and specialized mentorships, as well as cash and Ipads.

Here are some runners-up that I thought deserved a special mention…


I thought Antithesis were particularly cool, due to their excellent styling, photography and sustainable working values.



Rob Goodwin

Goodwin makes amazing sculptural leather accessories, and then photographs them beautifully.

Rob Goodwin

Rob Goodwin

Rob Goodwin

Rob Goodwin

The winners of this years Creative Enterprise Week are as follows;

Digital Prize:
Socialize Lab

Socialize Lab

Enterprising Project:
The Salad Days Pop-Up Shop by Zoe Tynan-Campbell

Salad Days, Zoe Tynan-Campbell

Ethical Or Social Enterprise:


Jordi Ruiz Cirera

Jordi Ruiz Cirera

Jordi Ruiz Cirera

DASH Magazine

Dash Magazine

New Business:
I Owe Youth

I Owe Youth : Printed Storyboards (Illustration by Seokhan Jung)

I Owe Youth : Printed Storyboards (Illustration by Seokhan Jung)

Hopefully, next year Space Is Ace will be in the running!

Xavi Solé - Scanface

Ask The Experts // Visual Arts Trader

Last week, Melanie  sat in on an “Ask The Experts” session at 272 High Holborn with arts sales expert Chris Grant-Peterkin of Visual Art Trader. This event was part of University of The Arts London’s Creative Enterprise Week 2013

Xavi Solé came along with an interesting dilemma. Xavi is studying MA Fine Art Digital and Technology Speciality at University of the Arts London and wonders how it is possible to sell an intangible digital product, which customers cannot touch.

The first suggestion that Chris made was to join Sedition Art. Sedition only sells digital artworks for devices such as Ipads, smart-phones, televisions and digital photo frames. Sedition acts as a platform where artists can sell their work widely with little outset cost, but also means that customers can own a piece of work from famous artists such as Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin for less than £10.
Chris anticipates that when high resolution gadgets inevitably start to decrease in value, the digital arts market will continue to grow.

Damien Hirst on Sedition

Damien Hirst on Sedition

Xavi then showed Chris some examples of his work, the first was a project called Scanface, which involved the scanning of peoples faces;

Xavi Solé - Scanface

Xavi Solé – Scanface

Xavi Solé - Scanface

Xavi Solé – Scanface

Xavi explained that he is very keen to make “social art in social times”, creating work which is collaboration between artist and individual.
Chris approved of this approach, mentioning that by adapting to changes such as this, he can reach a variety of different markets.

Xavi then introduced us to a project called Guardiola President where he created a fake election  and asked how he could make a living from similar events.  Chris suggested that selling a token of the event (such as an election poster or print) for minimal cost, would both give visitors a great memento to the show and provide some kind of fee towards the cost of providing the event. Chris likened this to an event he attended where the artists offered to cut visitors hair for free, and was frustrated that he didn’t have anything to take home afterwards, as a framed lock of hair would have made for an interesting talking point for an art collector.

Xavi Sole - Guardiola President

Xavi Sole – Guardiola President

Finally, Xavi presented his Melanina Type; a project where the artist had designed a type, made a transparency and then printed on to skin as a suntan.  Chris thought this was a particularly tricky project to market, but suggested that he could try selling the type as a downloadable font.

Melanina - Xavi Solé

Melanina – Xavi Solé

Overall, Chris thinks that visual artists should be proactive and think of innovative and creative  ways to sell their art. It is still possible to sell your work in the traditional art gallery format, but as Xavi has noticed, the times are changing.

Online art sales providers such as Saatchi Online have adopted the traditional business model of a gallery and put it online. These types of websites charge a commission for each work, which mean the website gets a large chunk of the artists sale for very little work. Chris’s website Visual Arts Trader just asks for a membership fee and then artists are free to sell their work directly to the seller. Artists can also use Visual Arts Trader to promote their events and exhibitions, which both drives traffic to his website and also shows buyers where to see the artist’s work in person.

How To Make It On Your Own // Creative Enterprise Week 2013

Last week, Melanie of London Alternative Photography Collective  attended four events for University of the Arts London’s Creative Enterprise Week. The second event Melanie chose focused on helping early entrepreneurs…

Zoe Ruben's Workshop

Zoe Ruben’s Workshop

How To Start Up On Your Own 

Do you have an idea for a project but lack confidence and direction to start?

Anne Marie of UAL’s Counselling and Mental Health Team talked at Chelsea College of Art for Creative Enterprise Week to encourage budding entrepreneurs.

The event attracted many different people, with widely differing projects, but the group mostly comprised of recent graduates from University of the Arts London.

Bradley started the group discussion by sharing some statistics she had found;

Research indicates that people who make a success if self employment have the following attributes;

– Willingness to accept new challenges

– Resilience, with the ability to bounce back from difficulties.

– A sense of humour. If you can find humour in difficult situations that you face, then you will find it easier to confront the challenges ahead of you!

– A sense of perspective

– Tolerance of risk, someone who is not afraid to take a chance.

– The ability to influence people.

– Self direction, someone who really pushes themselves beyond their comfort zone.

– A strong personality, someone who is constantly inspired by the things around them.

– Ability to multi-task i.e. keeping a part time job whilst starting up your own projects!

Tony Cragg's Studio

Tony Cragg’s Studio

 Anne Marie then asked the group; 

“What Is Confidence?”

Here are some answers;

“To understand that making mistakes is okay and a natural part of the process.”
Bradley then reminded us that as children, we primarily learn by practising trial and error.

“Belief in yourself.”
If you have faith in your projects and your own ability, you will find it easier to invest in your own projects with your own time and money.

“Knowing your own limits and abilities.”
Sometimes we can become overwhelmed with the amount of projects we take on, or the gravity of a task. Knowing your own limits will help you to decide the amount of work you can deal with, assuring the success of your current projects.

Tony Bevan's Studio

Tony Bevan’s Studio

Anne Marie then asked us;

“What gets in the way of confidence?”

Here are some answers from the group;

If you aim to get a task 100% right, then you set yourself up for failure.

“Unrealistic Goals”
“Intimidation at the scale of a project”
Sometimes it’s best to make a plan of short term goals, to make sure what you want to do is achievable.

“Comparing yourself with others”
You are unique, and have your own set of experiences which have led you to this stage of your career. It is good to scope out competition, but ultimately comparing yourself with others is likely to make you feel insecure and intimidated. Do your own thing!

Putting tasks off will lead to more stress in the long run. Make a short list of tasks to do daily, and reward yourself with off time when you’ve ticked a few tasks off the list.

Chantelle Joffe's Studio

Chantelle Joffe’s Studio

So what can we do to increase confidence?

Members of the group said;

“Make a list of achievable goals.”
I would really like to recommend a book called 59 Seconds; Think A Little, Change A Lot by Professor Richard Wiseman which encourages you to define your short term and long term goals with short writing activities.
“59 Seconds” also offers a wealth of useful research, such as tips to help you improve your body language, which then makes a better impression on the people around you.

“Practise something you enjoy.”
“Practise your craft.”
“Develop hobbies.”
Doing something practical to improve your skills relating to your craft will help you to build confidence in this area. If you’re a photographer, think of creative practical ways to improve your skills. Can you take a course? Can you learn something from a tutorial online? There is a web full of practical tutorials at your fingertips!

“Celebrate small victories.”
“Hear positives”

All too often we beat ourselves up over tiny mistakes, it is much more productive to do the opposite and celebrate small achievements!

Grayson Perry's Studio

Grayson Perry’s Studio

Photographs taken from Sanctuary: Britain Artists and Their Studios


GLITCH, Doomed Gallery, 14th December 2013

Saturday 14th December 2013, 7pm doors.
Doomed Gallery, 65 – 67 Ridley Road, Dalston, London.
An exhibition curated by Melanie King.
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We currently inhabit an innovative technological era which strives for small and discreet technology, a complex nano world in which very few can meddle. We carry around fragile gadgets which contain our entire life, and become debilitated when they inevitably break and can only be fixed by manufacturers or individual businesses demanding a large fee.

Glitch is an exhibition which celebrates analogue technology of the Twentieth Century, a golden era when most of us understood how things worked and could fix things ourselves. In this exhibition, artists have taught themselves the rules of how something works and then deliberately misused the technology to create artwork that is beautiful and unique.

Exhibiting and Performing Artist Adam Brown describes his work as;

“Noisy, glitchy and fun, …an art project which explores ideas of permanence, memory and technology, yelling ‘to hell with progress!’”

Daniela de Paulis 
Moon Relay
Images have been bounced off of the Moon, using the Dwingeloo Telescope in The Netherlands.

Daniela de Paulis

Dario Villaneuva
Data Visualization

Dario Villaneuva

David Blackmore
Liquid Crystal Displays

David Blackmore

Adam Brown
Single Cell Camera

Adam Brown

Sam Battle
Homemade Modular Synth

Sam Battle

Carl Guyenette
Interactive Kinect Projections

Carl Guyenette

Antonio Roberts
Audio files >Pure Data > Binary Data

Antonio Roberts

Alexander Gilmour
Corrupted .JPEGS

Alexander Gilmour

Lizz Brady

Lizz Brady

Blue Tapes
Analogue Record Label using analogue photographs as artwork;

Blue Tapes


Lisa Luxx of Prowl


Adam Brown’s Concentricism

Adam Brown

Fractal Skulls of

Fractal Skulls

DJ set by Dario Villaneuva until late.

Light Play // Double Negative Darkroom

Light Play -  Emma Falconer

Light Play – Emma Falconer

An Open Studio’s and Launch Party to celebrate the opening of the Residents Exhibition at Double Negative Darkroom.

The Artists In Residence are;
Douglas Nicolson


Scarlett Pimlott-Brown


Tereza Cervenova


Melanie King

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Berlin Calling // Creative Exchange



Over the past few days, Melanie of London Alternative Photography Collective has attended four events for University of the Arts London’s Creative Enterprise Week.

The first was a presentation on Creative Exchange‘s successful new project, enabling entrepreneurs to visit Berlin to scope out how their projects would succeed in Germany’s hub for the creative industries. Creative Exchange is part of Animate Europe, which encourages connections with creative industries across Europe.

Here’s how it works;

– Creative Exchange matches you up to a suitable candidate in Berlin, who will help you find a place to stay. The candidate is matched to help you make the best of your trip to Berlin, making sure you visit organisations and make connections with people who will benefit your creative project.

– When you return from your visit to Berlin, you must also provide the same service for the person you have been matched with. Similarly, you will need to offer help in finding your match a place to stay and make sure that you show them some interesting organisations in London.

The catch is that you will most likely need to fund your own flights to Berlin, but there is funding available for special cases!

Want to know more?

You can follow Creative Exchange on Twitter, or you can email Diana Hudson with enquiries at;


London Alternative Photography Collective, December Meeting

On Wednesday 4th December at 6.30pm, London Alternative Photography Collective will be meeting at The Double Negative Darkroom at 178A Glyn Road in Hackney.
We will be providing refreshments, and an opportunity to chat about alternative photography processes.
There will be talks from;


Sarah Leslie, Hundred Years Gallery

Sarah Leslie, Hundred Years Gallery
Originally from Melbourne, Australia Sarah is a photomedia artist concentrating in alternate and antique process, ‘plastic’ photography, and image re-appropriation. Sarah is also a curator with a specialisation in film, animation, and the moving image.
Sarah also has a background in Art History and critical theory, with interests concerning aesthetic theory in relation to the role and function of ugliness in art, and representations of the Renaissance body.


Marc Vallee Zine Launch, Doomed Gallery

Marc Vallee Zine Launch, Doomed Gallery

Owner and Curator at Doomed Gallery Dalston, a gallery which is committed to creating a platform for photographers, working in experimental ways.
LAPC Founder Melanie is also curating GLITCH at Doomed, a show which celebrates analogue in a world of nanoscale technology.

George makes crazy hybrid analogue cameras which give unique, experimental effects to 35mm film.

About London Alternative Photography Collective
The London Alternative Photography Collective aims to bring together artists and photographers around London who wish to share alternative photography ideas and processes.
The group will meet at the Double Negative Darkroom at 178A Glyn Road in Hackney, E5 0JE.
We provide artists talks, discussions about Alternative Photography Processes, demonstrations and opportunities to collaborate.
Anyone interested in Alternative Photography is welcome to join.

About Double Negative Darkroom
Double Negative Darkroom Is a budding, London independent photographic community and lab. Fast becoming a European centre for Alternative photographic process and Silver gelatin teaching and learning.

As Double Negative provides free refreshments at the London Alternative Photography Collective, we would ask that you bring a £3 donation (£2 to darkroom members) to the event.
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