Matt Kinley – Industry Mentor

Top West End designer’s new role spotlights creative careers in fashion
Matt Kinley 

An award-winning set, costume and prop designer whose work has appeared in hit West End and Broadway productions of Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon will be sharing his industry insights with fashion students in a new role at the University of Lincoln, UK.

Matt Kinley will serve as an industry mentor for undergraduates on the new-look BA (Hons) Fashion programme in Lincoln’s School of Fine & Performing Arts, where he will be involved in a new Professional Profile module focussed on building an exciting and effective platform through which individual students will promote their work externally.

His first appearance was as a guest lecturer for students on 8th December 2015. He will now collaborate with third year undergraduates as they work towards their final year degree shows in spring 2016, culminating in a spectacular Fashion Show on 27th May 2016, which will be staged at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre.

Matt Kinley with final year Fashion students 2
Matt began his career working for theatre, film and video industries as a freelance costume and prop maker and later moved to the National Theatre in London as designer, associate designer and draughtsman on more than 40 productions, including Jerry Springer – The Opera and My Fair Lady. In commercial theatre, his credits include The Woman in Black, My Fair Lady (US and UK tours), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK tour), Les Miserables (US Broadway and Holland) and Equus (UK West End).

In 2009 he was invited to redesign Les Miserables for its 25th anniversary production in the UK, US and Spain, winning several Best Set Design awards and also staged the anniversary concert production at the O2 Arena in London in 2010. As part of the Phantom of the Opera 25th anniversary celebrations, he designed the fully-staged concert at the Royal Albert Hall in 2011. Earlier this year, working as co-designer with Totie Driver, he was awarded Best Set Design for Miss Saigon at the WhatsonStage Awards.

Lincoln’s Fashion degree has been reconfigured for 2015 to further reflect the variety of roles available for talented designers across the creative industries – not just high street and catwalk fashion, but also in film, theatre and television production and other sectors of the arts. Now positioned in the University’s School of Fine & Performing Arts, alongside related creative subjects such as Fine Art, Music and Drama, the newly validated programme aims to develop students’ interdisciplinary and collaborative skills which can be transferred across artistic disciplines.

Victoria Bellandini, Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Fashion at the University of Lincoln, said: “Matt’s experience in the theatre world as a leading prop and costume maker makes him an ideal industry mentor for our students and we are delighted to welcome him to Lincoln. His understanding of the needs of the creative industries for fresh talent and ideas will support our students to develop their skills, knowledge and all-important portfolios, offering new perspectives on the multitude of career options out there for genuinely innovative, skilled and versatile designers.”


 To all University of Lincoln students in the College of Arts (undergraduate & postgraduate)

(Schools of Architecture & Design // Film & Media // Fine & Performing Arts // History & Heritage // English & Journalism)

We are very excited to announce the launch a competition for College of Arts students to create images of Lincoln and Lincolnshire that will be used in future University adverts to recruit new staff.

We are looking to feature imagery (in any media) created by our students in future University of Lincoln staff recruitment adverts (print and digital). The benefit of featuring student-created imagery in these ads will be that we differentiate the University from the rest of the higher education market; create more visual, noticeable adverts; and demonstrate how student work is at the heart of what we do at the University of Lincoln.

This competition is for students to create images of iconic, recognizable, positive & engaging Lincoln themes, such as:

Lincoln Cathedral

The Red Arrows
Lincoln Castle

The Magna Carta
Lincolnshire landscape/geography

Lincolnshire produce
Invention of the tank

Birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton
Birthplace of Lord Alfred Tennyson

The architect Sam Scorer
University’s partnership with Siemens

Plus any others that you can think of… (but they must be recognisable, positive & engaging Lincoln themes).MAB Main Admin Building  (Credit - University of Lincoln)

This is a great opportunity for the College of Arts students to work on a live brief, raise their profile and get their work published in National and International Publications (print and online).

If you wish to enter the competition, please submit an A3 printout of the image that you have created (you can enter more than once if you wish). If you are creating the image digitally, please ensure that it is created at 300dpi, 297 x 420mm, CMYK. Please do not mount any of the images and only paper entries will be accepted. Only submit the final image (we do not need to see support work, sketchbooks, development work etc).

Submit paper entries to Anna Martin in the College Office (AAD3W13) by 11am Monday 1st February 2016.

Entrants must ensure that their name, programme and level are clearly visible on their entry.

Please do not submit original artwork (ie. please scan it and print it).

The judging will take place during February 2016 and the judging panel intends to select more than one winner. The creators of the winning images will each receive a £200 prize and their work will be featured in future HR staff recruitment ads. Whenever an image is used the creator’s name and programme will be clearly featured in the ad.

As well as selecting winners, the judging panel will choose a broader selection of the images to feature in an exhibition of the best work submitted for the competition. Important note: By entering the competition all students are agreeing that the University of Lincoln can use the work for HR recruitment purposes. All intellectual property (copyright) of entries will be owned by the University of Lincoln.

Summary of specifications:
Size: A3 (portrait or landscape, 297 x 420mm)
Media: You decide
Deadline: 11am, Monday 1st February 2016
Submissions to: Anna Martin, AAD3W13

If you have any questions, please contact:
Gyles Lingwood (College of Arts Director of Education & Students) –

Rachel Holmes (Head of Human Resources Operations) –

Anna Martin (College of Arts Administrator) –