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UEL has successful week at BOXPARK

Architecture Projects

UEL has made a successful, if temporary, move to the heart of London’s coolest neighbourhood with its pop-up unit at BOXPARK Shoreditch.

Over 500 people visited UEL’s unit during its recent week-long stay at the pop-up mall on Bethnal Green Road. Numerous visitors participated in “zine” and risograph workshops. 

The workshops, organised by a small group of graphic design students from UEL’s School of Arts and Digital Industries, highlighted the University’s strong offerings in risograph printing, a process that involves high-speed digital technology. The students used the risograph technique to create individual prints as well as zines - small, handmade publications.

Members of the public helped UEL produce a zine titled “I confess….”, which recounted the personal, secret disclosures of BOXPARK visitors. Students also made a zine designed to capture the vibe and style of east London.

“I think the second and third year students did brilliantly in engaging the public,” said UEL Graphic Design Lecturer Ed Gill. “It was quite a tricky job. They had to be the outward-facing. They had to get strangers to be creative. They had to educate them on how to use the risograph. They had to produce their work. They were juggling about four different things as well as producing their publications.

“Lots of really beautiful pieces of artwork came from it. I think it was a success,” he added.

UEL’s container unit was arranged to demonstrate the energy and ideas that are an integral part of ADI, as well as UEL’s commitment to bringing art to the local community.

Notes to Editors

The University of East London (UEL) is a global learning community with students from over 120 countries world-wide. Our vision is to achieve recognition, both nationally and internationally, as a successful and inclusive regional university proud of its diversity, committed to new modes of learning which focus on students and enhance their employability, and renowned for our contribution to social, cultural and economic development, especially through our research and scholarship. We have a strong track-record in widening participation and working with industry.