UWE Bristol Creative Industries Degree Show

Issue date: 05 June 2015


A collage of images taken from this year's ACE Degree Show

Over 500 Art, Design and Media graduates will showcase their final pieces of work at this year's UWE Bristol Creative Industries Degree Show. The show is being held at the Bower Ashton Campus, near Ashton Court, and at Spike Island in South Bristol from Saturday 6 June to Friday 12 June 2015. Admission is free.

The show will highlight and celebrate the work of the next generation of creative professionals from UWE Bristol. Work on display comes from a wide variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses including: Animation, Art and Media Design by Project, Art and Visual Culture, Drawing and Applied Arts, Fashion, Fine Art, Filmmaking and Creative Media, Graphic Design, Illustration, Journalism, Photography and Multi-disciplinary Printmaking.

Mandy Ure, Head of the School of Art and Design, says, “The Degree Show marks the culmination of study, making, networking and professional development and is an important launchpad for our students into the world of the creative industries. We have many professional partnerships across the Department, with organisations such as Spike Island and Bristol City Museums and Art Galleries, and an exciting new partnership with Arnolfini. Our accent on practice-based production and professional focus gives our graduates the very best chance of realising their ambitions. We are all extremely proud of the students' hard work and look forward with anticipation to following their success in the future.”

Many talented Graphic Design students will be displaying their work. One of them is Ellie Lanham, who was recently announced as the joint winner, along with fellow UWE Bristol Student Trystan Thompson, of the RBS Award at the Royal Society of Art Student Design Awards for their inspirational Spart (Sport + Art) project. The Spart workshop is a container for creativity that combines two subjects in order to stimulate creative thinking. Spart challenges primary school students to invent a new sport using innovative thinking. It aims to inspire, engage and challenge young people to think more creatively whilst teaching life-skills through cross curricular learning. Ellie also received membership to The International Society of Typographic Designers with a commendation, one of only five in the Northern Hemisphere.

The BA Photography degree offers a holistic approach to the medium in which students navigate their own visual pathway and produce work for a variety of contexts. William Spooner is a street photographer who works with a 35mm analogue camera to produce projects as diverse as the culture of bullfighting in Barcelona, dog racing in south London and free parties in Bristol. He seeks to communicate the essence of his subject matter by pushing the film in an expressionistic manner. He has recently won a D&AD New Blood award and has assisted prestigious photographers such as Ewen Spencer and Ben Quinton.

The standard of the work produced by students on the Illustration Programme is always incredibly high, and this year is no exception. Imogen Clifton won the runners-up prize (£500) in the House of Illustration Competition, run in partnership with the Folio Society, and will be among the students exhibiting. Imogen is inspired by atmospheric landscapes and is currently working on two children's books that she has written herself. In her work, she aims to transcend the boundary between children's and adults' illustration.

The ever innovative Fashion students will be exhibiting their work, having already created the 'Class of 2015' video, amongst them are Gemma Stephens and Joanna Robins. Joanna is a textiles designer whose visual aesthetic is shown through her striking use of colour combined with a variety of innovative techniques and a diverse range of materials. Joanna believes that her designs are an embodiment of the culture that they are derived both in and from. Her graduate collection is expressive, fresh and expressing the youth of today.

Gemma is an image maker, interested in challenging the traditional boundaries and perceptions of the fashion image by interrogating the relationship between reality and fantasy. The images she produces are rooted in the everyday, the mundane and the banal, with a focus on emphasising certain physical or social characteristics portrayed by models and locations.

The diversity of work on display within the Fine Art Programme is vast, and a testament to the programme's title. Ben Tupper and Rebecca Russell are two of the students whose work will be exhibited at the Degree Show. Ben's work manifests itself primarily through found and made objects that are presented alongside video installations, using film to highlight aspects of canonical literature to form meandering narratives that operate within predominantly domestic landscapes. Rebecca's work involves creating site specific installations that attempt to deconstruct and reconstruct the architecture of the space they are presented within. The documentation of practice is an important aspect of Rebecca's work as the installations are often temporary and only usually last for a period of hours or days, so once installed the work only exists as a form of images, video or in the viewer's physical experience.

For those considering undergraduate study at UWE Bristol, the Degree Show will be open as part of Undergraduate Open Day on Saturday 6 June. Prospective students will have the opportunity to view the show, tour the Bower Ashton campus and Spike Island, and talk informally to current students.

For a list of all the degree shows please visit the UWE Bristol 'What's On' pages.

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