Leading art and design college LCCA opens its campus in London, Tower Hill with its “Wellness and Flourishing” event

From left to right: Dr Kate Armstrong, Head of College, Tom Doust, social innovator and co-Director of the Institute of Imagination, Judy Parkinson, Founder of “Drawling Life” Charity, oil painter Elitsa Ristova, Ross Wheeler, Creative Director and Head of Automotive Imagination , copper artist and Fashion Course Director Sadie Clayton and Aura Ingoldsby, Founder of Make Me a Comic (behind)

London College of Contemporary Arts (LCCA) has opened its new campus in Sceptre Court, Tower Hill, London by hosting a discussion about the importance of “Wellness and Flourishing” in creative industries.

Leading creative professionals including copper artist Sadie Clayton, oil painter Elitsa Ristova and Tom Doust, social innovator and co-director of the Institute of Imagination took part in a lively and informative panel discussion alongside Judy Parkinson, Founder of “Drawling Life” Charity, Ross Wheeler, Creative Director and Head of Automotive Imagination and Aura Ingoldsby, Founder of Make Me a Comic.

Hosted and moderated by Dr Kate Armstrong, Head of College, the participants were invited to reflect on their personal and professional experiences and discussed the importance of communicating these issues through the lens of creativity and imagination.

The event concluded with the thought-provoking “Exhibition in Neurodiversity” by LCCA student and painter Elitsa Ristova, who explores the concept of being completely emotionally detached from others and finding themselves in emotional balance – or imbalance. The artist, who was diagnosed with epilepsy at a young age, wants to raise disability awareness, and increase the understanding of any type of long-term health condition.

The “Wellness and Flourishing” panel discussion was the first physical event of the N.i.C.E (Network in Creative Enterprise) group series, an initiative led by LCCA. The series will be held once a month until 2022 and is available to students and staff.

“It’s fantastic to have officially opened our new campus and be able to welcome brilliant creatives such as Sadie, Elitsa and Tom to take part in our “Wellness and Flourishing” panel,” says Dr Kate Armstrong, Head of College Management. “Like many areas, over the last 18 month or so, it has been particularly tough for the creative industries and here at LCCA we think it is important to reflect on the personal and professional experiences of creatives during this time and learn from them.”

LCCA has welcomed students back to its new campus in Tower Hill, which provides impressive state-of-the-art fashion and MAC studios as well as photography and media facilities. The rooms on campus are equipped with all the necessary equipment, including industrial sewing machines and overlock and buttonhole machines to provide students with practical industry skills.

As a specialist creative arts college, LCCA boasts industry-experienced academic staff, who ensure students are industry-ready at the end of their studies. They support students in developing the skills and knowledge required to access a range of career opportunities across a variety of disciplines. Located in the heart of London, providing easy access to museums, art galleries and flagship shopping venues, LCCA offers foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees to aspiring creatives.

If you are interested in a career in fashion, art or the creative industries, don’t hesitate to get in contact about the course you are interested in. Alternatively, book your place at the next LCCA open day on Saturday 15 January 2022 here.

LCCA is an associate college of the University for the Creative Arts (UCA).