Talent of the future takes centre stage at the Creative Industries Degree Show

Issue date: 02 June 2016

Video charting the journey of 3 UWE Bristol Creative Industry students.

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, and across the City Campus, at Spike Island in South Bristol and the top floor of the Arnolfini, from Saturday 4 June to Friday 9 June 2016. 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, Fashion, Fine Art, Filmmaking and Creative Media, Graphic Design, Illustration, Journalism, Photography and Multi-disciplinary Printmaking.

Susan McMillan, Head of the School of Film and Journalism, says, “The Degree Show is the launch-pad for our students into the professional world of the creative industries. Within the School of Art and Design, and the School of Film and Journalism we have many partnerships with industry, regionally, nationally and internationally, Spike Island and the internationally renowned Arnolfini gallery. We pride ourselves on our practice-based approach to the creative industries; our industry focus gives our graduates the very best chance of success. We are all extremely proud of our students' and the Degree Show is the culmination of all their hard work.

Among the Fashion students exhibiting is Nikoleta Dimova, whose textile designs incorporate a multitude of materials, such as copper and glass. Nikoleta, whose portfolio earned her a place on a prestigious Creative Skillset placement in India, will display her work as part of the first UWE Bristol Catwalk Show. The show will be held at the Arnolfini, part of the University's new city campus, for the first time on Saturday 4 June 2016, at both 14:00 and 16:00.

Nikoleta says, “Having the chance to showcase my garments at a catwalk show, in a professional manner, is very exciting. It is the culmination of almost two years work, and being allowed, and encouraged, to experiment with different materials and processes whilst at the University, has allowed me to grow as a designer, ahead of my placement in India.”

Animation student, Ed Leicester, will show his film Heist, as part of the rolling, animation show reel on display at the Bower Ashton Campus. Heist tells the story of the 'archetypal' bank robbery - full of police, guns and explosions – via the movement of blocks of colour, animated effects and abstract representations of characters. A part-time chimney sweep, Ed came to the University having never studied animation, and will now be submitting his final year film to short film festivals around the world.

Ed says, “Coming to UWE Bristol, I had no previous animation experience, but across the 3 years I was given the chance to experience 2D, 3D and CGI animation, and then decide which area I wanted to specialise in; that of 2D Digital animation. I am looking forward to friends and family being able to view Heist on the big screen, and have been encouraged by feedback from tutors in regards to entering the film in film festivals, moving forward.”

Chloe Massey, a Photography student, will be exhibiting her collection of images inspired by female monarchs of the past. Chloe travelled to South Africa as part of the project, meeting with women currently fighting for their human rights, which subsequently influenced her portrayals of historical female figures. The result is a varied, and striking, collection of fashion portraits.

Chloe says, “The Degree Show is a very important opportunity as it gives you an end point to work towards; printing and framing work as if preparing for an exhibition, which is what it is. I felt very fortunate, in being able to tell the stories of the women I photographed in South Africa, and feel that the course, and the project, have allowed me to find my voice as a photographer, and gain the confidence I need to go out into that world.”

Lynn Barlow, Director of Creative Media, says, “The Degree Show is one of the highlights of our year in Creative Industries. It's the time when our talented final year students show the result of their hard work and our visitors can spot the talent of the future. Everyone is welcome to visit our city campus buildings to see work from across the Faculty including our artists and designers, photographers, filmmakers, illustrators and animators.”

For more information on the Creative Industries Degree Show, please visit 'The Show' event page.

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