I posted a few days back about Showtime, a website that showcases the graduate works of the University of the Arts London. Artsmart is yet another venture of theirs of a similar spirit – held today and tomorrow you are able to view the graduate works in person and buy them too at affordable prices. Arsmart is held in London as a two-day event in their words to celebrate and support creative talent. Fittingly the London site is next to Tate Britain.
A list of their alumni stalls – one-hundred in total – can be seen on their market-page and which is divided into five categories of Applied Arts; Fashion and Textiles; Fine Arts; Graphic Arts and Product Design.
These alumni themselves were shortlisted from a long-list of over four-hundred applicants. The panel responsible for the short-list are Karen Ashton of Art Car Boot Fair, Kate Bonhôte and Kristjana Williams of Beyond the Valley, Medeia Cohan-Petrolino of University of the Arts London, Ben Evans of the London Design Festival and Doug Richard of the School for Startups.
Most of the alumni listed provide links to their websites.
One such alumni is Miriam Robertson Millinery. They produce both day-wear and occasion-wear.
Another alumni is Undergrowth Design who produce a wide range of products from salt and pepper shakers through glassware and cutlery all the way to bespoke chairs.
Of a similar surreal spirit is Betty’s Revenge with her giant-sized purses which are actually trolley-bags (and still giant sized!).
The wares are displayed and in some cases available to purchase online but for those of you fortunate enough to be in the London area today and tomorrow you have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the products – and perhaps even to touch some of them!
Yet another imaginative and enterprising venture from the University of the Arts London promoting Britain’s up and coming creative design talent.