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

Follow this link to the submission webform: Contact Vikki Hill, Creative Mindsets Project Associate



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.

Nikolaos Christodoulou

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

Unity – 0.3x 0.42m Graphite and charcoal on paper A fictional reppresentation of how we embody both our negative and positive emotions within our self.

Vengeful Act – 1.5×1.5m Ink, charcoal and chalk on Paper A fictional representation of the ingorant inaction we adopt when faced with the misfortune and suffering of others like us.

Scream – 0.7×0.5 m Ink, charcoal, watercolour and chalk on burned paper A display of bursting, destructive energy, the result of shying away from our problems for too long.

Mental Authority – 0.7x1m Ink, charcoal and chalk on paper A fictional representation of our judgemental and logical self. The one who’s ever serious and cold, and the one we turn to for aid when emotion fails us.

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Angel Sandelson

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

Acrylic on canvas – 40×30 inches

Acrylic on canvas – 40×30 inches

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Emma Clayton & Andrew Malliston

Stage 3, BA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins, UAL

The following text is both a proposal for an event and a script for how the event could be introduced in physical space.

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Conversation (In Progress): An Open Forum

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Laura Bianchi

Title of work: Resilience






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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.