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Submissions are invited from all students and staff who have attended any of the Changing Mindsets events or are engaged with the project themes.

Do you have ideas about mindsets, stereotyping and bias that you would like to explore through your practice?

The online showcase will give you the opportunity to share your work on an online platform co-produced by the Teaching and Learning Exchange and students. You will be able to interrogate the project themes and respond to them in the context of art and design practice. Plans are underway for a student-led event later in the year… Creative Mindsets addresses persistent attainments gaps by developing a growth mindset (Dweck, 2017) in both students and staff, to build resilience, a sense of belonging and to reduce the effects of stereotype threat (Osborne, 2007) and implicit bias (Staats, 2014).

 Submissions may relate to, but are not limited to, the following themes:

  • mindset
  • talent/ risk/ failure/ intelligence/ language/ resilience/ persistence
  • belonging
  • stereotype threat/ identity safety
  • implicit/unconscious bias
Submissions can be:

  • digital photographs of art or design work
  • links to film, media or sound art
  • text of up to 300 words


Ekene Okobi

MSc Applied Psychology of Fashion, London College of Fashion, UAL
Title of work: Acting Out (at the UAL Attainment Conference)

Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark

MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Arts, UAL
1-Year, FT

Title of work: I Don’t See in Colour

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‘I Don’t See In Colour’ (2018) is a voyage into the Economics of Sex, Race and Gender in the Digital Age. A response to discourse surrounding the commodification of women; imposed upon them through consumerist trends and unrealistic capitalist idealisations and visualisation; this work is an exercise of turning the system inwards, on itself. To use the power, influence and materials of the industry to re-articulate and elevate the black female form, using 3D scanning and digital manipulation technology to shed light on beauty and undoubted complexity of the black body politić.

Exploring the dynamics of Gender & Commodification, the Power of Language in Communication, Challenging Mindsets, questioning Implicit/Unconscious Bias related to Race.

Laura Bianchi

Title of work: Resilience

Image: Laura Bianchi artwork

Image: Laura Bianchi artwork

Image: Laura Bianchi artwork

Image: Laura Bianchi artwork

Image: Laura Bianchi artwork

Image: Laura Bianchi artwork
Final image

First associations:
REJECTION> closed door; cross; hand with the word NO written on it.
OBSTACLES> mountain; storms/clouds; footprint

Sketch A
The mountain is generally intended as a challenge. In this case it represents the obstacle to overcome. The ladder could be intended as a strategy to pass the obstacle and reach beyond it. Despite the equilibrium is quite precarious and new obstacles appear on the way – the resilient person is prepared to face new trials.

Sketches B/B1
Here the obstacle to overcome is the footprint which is also suggesting a feeling of strong rejection. The size of the footprint clashes with the one of the ladder. This is to suggest the feeling of being ‘stepped over by life’. The initial idea was to surround the footprint with grass/vegetation (like a forest?) which is a further element to overcome.
Forest = element of exploration.

Sketch D
This is a different idea which uses the image of a person-mountain (in this case not symbolizing the obstacle but the idea of strength) walking and playing music. In this case the mountain is not seen as the obstacle but like something positive symbolizing strength.

Angel Sandelson

BA (Hons) Graphic Media Design, London College of Communication, UAL

Image: Angel Sandelson artwork

Image: Angel Sandelson artwork
Acrylic on canvas – 40×30 inches
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Nikolaos Christodoulou

BA (Hons) Drawing, Camberwell College of Arts, UAL

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Merve Kasrat

MA Design (Ceramic), Central Saint Martins, UAL

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These pieces are concept driven and take the form of a number of handmade terracotta ceramic vases. Research for the concept looks into how stereotypes are produced, enforced and distributed. The resultant artefacts adopt the prejudices into their form and surface, reflecting exaggerated and oversimplified views of overweight people. The form takes inspiration from amphora vases which are known for depicting social narratives, but with altered decorations and a distinct shape in order to specifically reflect the concept. The form of the amphora assumes the prototypical body shape or other clues of the stereotyped group, thereby losing the category of an amphora and becoming abstracted, no longer as recognisable. As such, the pieces humorously plays with the stereotypes. In total, the traditional design of the amphora is used as inspiration and redirected towards a more contemporary visual identity.