websiteCelebrating the influence of British artists in America, the West Coast Chapter of The University of the Arts London Alumni Association presents The Journey (It’s OK To Go To Art School). An exhibition comparing works created by alumni while in attendance at the university with works from their current practice.

The exhibition will be held at L.A. Mart in downtown Los Angeles in conjunction with BritWeek.

With funding for the arts in jeopardy across the globe it has never been more important to continue to define the validity to an education in the arts. Ensuring the next generation of artists will have the opportunity to carve out their own means of expression and continue to define and redefine a culture of creators.

Dates: April 22 – May 5, 2013

VIP Reception: April 28 ( By Invitation Only)

Location:  LA Mart,  11th Floor Project Space1933 S. Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90007

Come and chat with the artists to find out more about their journey at the following times!

Opening Times (Subject to Change):

4/22 12:00 -6:00 with artist Saskia Wilson-Brown

4/23 11:30 – 1:30 with artist Gillian Ware

4/23 1:30 -4:00 with artist Miriam Nöske

4/23 4:00 – 6:00 with artist Maya Stewart

4/24 11:00 -1:30 & 3:30 -6 :00 with artist Maya Stewart

4/25 11:00 – 5:00 with artist Pim Fakkeldij

4/26 10:30 – 1:30 with artist Barbara van Zanten

4/26 1:30 – 4:00 with artist Miriam Nöske

4/27 12:00 -4:00 with artist Robb Hart

4/28 11:00 – 3:00 with artist Robb Hart

4/29 12:00 -6:00 with artist Saskia Wilson-Brown

4/30 11:00 -4:00 with artist Rachel Finkelstein

5/1  12:00 – 3:00 with artist Vladimir Zimakov

5/1 3:00 -6:00 with artist Angela Stimson

5/2 12:00-4:00 with artist Meral Guler

5/3  1:00 – 4:00 with artist Cicely Gilman

5/4 1:00 – 4:00 with curator Melissa Watson Coetzee

5/5 12:00 – 3:00 with artist Sarana Mehra

To further validate the importance and prospects available to an education within the arts here are just a few of the esteemed alumni that represent UAL and their achievement.

• Fashion designers Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane, Jimmy Choo and Stella McCartney

• Musicians: Jeff Beck, Jarvis Cocker, Glen Matlock, Paloma Faith, Sade, M.I.A. and Florence Welch

• Artists: Peter Blake, Lucian Freud, Gilbert and George, Antony Gormley, Chris Ofili, Anish Kapoor, Yinka Shonibare and Gavin Turk

• Actors: Colin Firth, Ralph Fiennes, Tara Fitzgerald, Pierce Brosnan, Alan Rickman and Paul Bettany

• Film directors: Stephen Frears, Mike Leigh, Isaac Julien and Joe Wright

• Journalists and writers: Jefferson Hack, Dylan Jones, Helen Boaden, Adrian Searle, Alexei Sayle and Claudia Roden

• Photographers: Rankin, Tom Hunter and Platon

• Designers: Neville Brody, Jonathan Barnbrook, Terence Conran, Sebastian Conran, and Tom Dixon

• 13 out of 28 Turner Prize winners (and 33 out of 99 nominees)

• 10 out of 17 fashion designers named British Designer of the Year

• 11 out of 40 artists named in the Catlin Guide 2012 as the most promising graduate artists

• 12 out of 30 winners of the Jerwood Photography Awards

• Three BP Portrait Award winners

• Seven winners of the Prince Philip Designers Prize

• Eight alumni and staff were included in the 2013 Power List of Britain’s most influential black people, while 14 current Royal Academicians have studied or taught at UAL.