Every year, Carmel College nominate three UAL Extended Diploma students for the Origins Creatives Exhibition. This is the University of the Arts London (UAL) Awarding Body’s annual celebration of student achievement.

We nominated Ruby Grant for her beautiful photographs, Ryan Lawrenson for his thought provoking fashion design and James Rice for his exciting contemporary Graphic Design ‘GO rrp’. We are delighted to say that James has been selected by UAL. All three students produced outstanding work for their end of year projects which explored a variety of themes.

A Message from the University of the Arts London (UAL)

“James Rice will exhibit their work at Origins Creatives, taking place at the Truman Brewery in July. James’s submission, titled ‘GO rrp’, explores the dichotomies within the fashion industry and the appropriation of ‘working class’ fashion trends and caught the attention of UAL Awarding Body’s curator amongst nearly 500 submissions.”

What is UAL Extended Diploma in Creative Practice?

James is a student on the UAL Extended Diploma in Creative Practice, a two-year full-time art and design course here at Carmel. The course enables you to experiment with a wide range of media and techniques over a series of inter-disciplinary projects, allowing the students to specialise at the end of their first year and their second year.

Origins Creatives

Origins Creatives by the UAL Awarding Body, provides art lovers, critics and industry professionals from the creative sector the chance to discover original creative talent from across the UK and celebrate students’ creativity and hard work. The free exhibition showcases work from some of the UK’s most talented students in FE institutions studying across the UAL subject areas of Art and Design, Fashion Business and Retail, Creative Media, Music Performance and Production and Performing Arts.

This year, Origins Creatives will be an in-person exhibition at The Truman Brewery in Shoreditch. The exhibition will open with an invite-only private view on 21 July at 6pm. It will be open to the public from the 22 – 24 July, alongside an online showcase.

The exhibition will showcase selected work created by students from Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 across all subject areas. You can expect to see a diverse range of painting, photography, drawing, sculpture, fashion and more. The exhibition will play a Soundcloud music playlist and showreel of moving images comprised of student work.

Ross Anderson, Director, UAL Awarding Body says,

“The UAL Awarding Body Origins Creatives show is my favourite moment of the year, and I’m so pleased that we’re able to return to a physical space this summer. Origins provides our awarding body community with the opportunity to come together and celebrate the wonderful work and amazing achievements of all our students, and recognise the remarkable efforts of the tutors and teachers who have supported them. The world needs creativity, now more than ever, and our students are bursting with it!”

Exhibition opening times for the public:

Friday 22 July, 10.30 – 5pm

Saturday 23 July, 10.30am – 5pm

Sunday 24 July, 11am – 3pm



G4 + G5,

The Truman Brewery,

Ely’s Yard,


E1 6QP


If you are interested in attending this event, please book –  Book Tickets via Eventbrite

For more information on our UAL Extended Diploma in Creative Practice course, you can download the course leaflet here – UAL Extended Diploma in Creative Practice