Exhibition Spaces: FAQs



If you're wondering how to submit a proposal to exhibit your work in one of our spaces (Chelsea College of Arts or London College of Fashion, High Holborn), it's worth reading through the Frequently Asked Questions below.

If you have any questions, please drop Gavin Ramsey, Events and Exhibitions Coordinator at Arts SU, a line: g.ramsey@su.arts.ac.uk


Frequently Asked Questions

Where are the gallery spaces?

The space at London College of Fashion, High Holborn is on the ground floor, next to the Activities Studio in Blueprint Bar.

The space at Chelsea College of Arts is next to the canteen.

When will my booking start?

Your exhibition slot will run for 11 days, Tuesday to the following Friday (inclusive of the weekend). This includes installation and de-installation.

You will need to plan for installation, de-installation and making good of the space within your hire time. It is important that you keep to these times, as the space is often booked back-to-back.

How do I get into the space?

For LCF, High Holborn, you will need to collect the gallery key from the Students’ Union Reception on the first floor.

For Chelsea, you will need to get the security team to open and close the space for you daily.

When can I access the space?

t is always best to speak to security staff on-site but generally:

LCF, High Holborn, is open Monday–Friday, 9am–8pm and Saturday–Sunday, 9am–6pm.

Chelsea is open Monday–Friday, 9am–8pm and Saturday, 10am–4pm.

Can you help with putting up my exhibition?

Unfortunately not, but there are basic tools in the space which should cover your needs.

Will you open and close the gallery for me and invigilate?

For basic exhibitions at LCF, High Holborn, we can arrange for the bar staff to open and close the space for you in line with the bar's opening times, but the work will be left un-invigilated at your own risk. More complicated exhibitions will need to be opened and closed by you. 

Unfortunately, at Chelsea, we don't have the resources for this, so it is your responsibility to open and close the gallery each day you wish to be open. Think about what time you can realistically commit and set your opening hours accordingly, for example, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 12-6pm.

It is highly recommended that you invigilate the space at busy times like lunchtime, and at the beginning and end of the day.

Can I have a Private View?


LCF, High Holborn, on the first Wednesday of your slot from 6-8pm. All refreshments must be purchased by you through the Blueprint Bar.

  • Wine, £10 per bottle
  • Beer, £2.70 per bottle (San Miguel, Corona or Budweiser)
  • Juices (1 litre), £2.65 each
  • Coke, Sprite, Fanta, £0.90 each
  • Water bottle (1.5 litre), £2 each
  • Crisps, £0.60 per person
  • Nuts, £0.80 per person

Chelsea on the first Thursday of your slot from 6-8pm. You can supply your own refreshments in agreement with the Events and Exhibitions Coordinator.

I have guests that aren't students or staff. What do I do?

If you have guests coming to the Private View that aren’t UAL students or staff, then you will have to give a list of names to reception the day before the Private View.

If you have guests coming to see the exhibition that aren't UAL students or staff, then you will have to sign them in at reception when they arrive. 

What does 'making good of the space' mean?

Making good of the space means removing all work and rubbish from the space, removing nails/screws from the walls, filling any large holes in the wall and repainting the space if necessary. Arts SU will provide any paint etc needed to make good of the space.

Other things you need to know or consider?

Consider submitting a group exhibition proposal so you can share the responsibilities of installation and invigilation. Please note that an Arts SU staff member works at the Chelsea space once a week, so you will have to work around this when installing your exhibition.

Anything left in the space at the end of your hire will be disposed of.

Work left is at your own risk and will not be insured.

What do you need from me?

Information. At the point of application, we need as much information as possible including who is involved and how many people will be exhibiting.  

Risk Assessment: You will be expected to complete a Risk Assessment and return this to the Events and Exhibitions Coordinator no later than two weeks before your exhibition slot starts. This will be given to you in the information session.

Promotional material: If you supply us with a .jpeg version of your exhibition poster/flyer then we can circulate this via the Arts SU social media channels. This will be needed no later than two weeks before your exhibition slot starts. You are responsible for all other promotion.


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