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University of the Arts London celebrate the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

14 May 2012

University of the Arts London students, staff and alumni were joined by leading figures from the BBC and Royal Shakespeare Company to celebrate how the creative sector is contributing to the excitement surrounding the London 2012 Games.

Lin Cheung Central Saint Martins

The event, which took place on 8 May, featured Golden Wiff-Waff (a gold gilded ping-pong table), smart sportswear designed by a former Team GB rower and insights into the process of designing Paralympic medals.

Guests played on Chelsea College of Art and Design alumna Susan Forsyth’s gilded Wiff-Waff table while Lin Cheung (pictured), senior lecturer in Jewellery Design at Central Saint Martins, spoke about how she was chosen to design the Paralympic medals for London 2012 and where her inspiration came from.

Speakers included Alasdair Leighton Crawford, who retired from professional rowing after extensive success as a member of Team GB, and focused his creative passion on design, as a London College of Fashion BA Fashion Sportswear student.

He talked about his work to marry design and technology with smart sportswear that incorporates GPS, hazard warnings and audio visual communication.

To read more information about this event, which took place at the University’s King’s Cross campus, and future offerings, please visit the university's UAL Blog 2012: http://blogs.arts.ac.uk/ual2012/.

Image taken by Paul Cochrane

By Stuart Appleby

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