Inspirational Londoners Immortalised by the Future Stars of Fine Art

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Students challenged to create commemorative art works in a new competition launched by UNITE.


Some of the Capital's most inspiring figures are to be celebrated as London student housing provider UNITE issues a challenge for young artists to create pieces which pay homage to great Londoners.

UNITE has teamed up with London's prestigious Central St Martins college to launch a competition for Fine Arts students to create iconic objet d'art. From painting or photography to sculpture or film, students can choose any medium to show off their talent.

The competition marks the opening of seven new UNITE properties of student accommodation in London in 2009.

Five students will each win £500 and the opportunity to have their work exhibited in UNITE's brand new property in Bethnal Green - Blithehale Court.

Students have been asked to draw inspiration for their artwork from people who have had a profound affect on the Capital. From East-End legend Michael Cain to historical diarist Samuel Pepys, muses can either be famous figures or lesser known individuals who have an intriguing, amusing or moving story.

Entries will be judged by Central St Martins Fine Arts Course Directors, Jane Lee and Andrew Watson as well as UNITE's Sales and Marketing Director, Nathan Goddard. Winners will be announced in May.

UNITE's new London accommodation for students all incorporate elegant interior design with modern, contemporary furniture. All will be built to UNITE's latest specifications and include modern appliances and Internet access.

New UNITE properties opening in 2009 are as follows:

  •     Woburn Place:19-29 Woburn Place, Bloomsbury, WC1H 9DA
  •     Blithehale Court: 10 Witan Street, Bethnal Green, E2 9DA
  •     Bartholomew Road: 111-113 Bartholomew Road, Kentish Town, NW5 2BJ
  •     Quantam Court: 10 King David Lane, Shadwell, E1 0EG
  •     Joseph Beck Court: 2 Collins Road, Green Lanes, Islington, N5 2UF
  •     Elisabeth Croll House: Vernon Square, 29 Penton Rise, Kings Cross, WC1X 9EJ
  •     Ferry Lane: Ferry Lane, Tottenham Hale, N17 8NA

UNITE offers a range of short term lets as well as 51 week tenancies. Rent prices at the new properties start from £185 per week inclusive of utility bills, Internet access and contents insurance.

Students can browse, organise a viewing and book rooms by visiting or calling 0845 6029976.

For further information please contact Alice Bruce at Consolidated PR on
0207 781 2343 or mail to aliceb @

Notes to editors
About The UNITE Group Experience:
UNITE Group is the UK's leading developer and manager of student accommodation with some 36,000 customers throughout 23 key university towns and cities across England and Scotland. UNITE Group undertakes the planning, development and management of sites, often working closely with the universities and colleges, in order to deliver high quality, well-located student accommodation.

The UNITE Group provides accommodation that is specially designed for their student customers. Its on-site Management Teams ensure that modern, smart, safe and welcoming accommodation is provided and where there's a team of friendly people on hand for customers.

Recognising that all customers have different expectations and different lifestyles the UNITE Group provides a variety of options to suit customer needs, whether it be a choice of accommodation from luxury studio student flats to standard en-suite rooms. UNITE Group also offers flexible options on how to find accommodation; via the website, telephone or with its on-site Management Teams.

As well as the seven new properties opening in 2009, UNITE also has 11 other properties customers can choose from offering a wide choice or locations, room types and rent prices.

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