UWE Bristol Creative Industries Degree Show 2013

Issue date: 04 June 2013

'Under the Stars' an illustration by Annika Williamson

Over 500 art, design and media graduates will showcase their final year work at this year's UWE Bristol Creative Industries Degree Show. The show is held at the Bower Ashton Campus near Ashton Court and at Spike Island in South Bristol from Saturday 8 June to Thursday 13 June 2013. Admission is free.

The Show is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the work of the next generation of creative professionals from UWE Bristol. Work on show comes from the wide range of courses including Animation, Drawing and Applied Arts, Fashion, Fine Art, Film-making and Creative Media, Graphic Design, Illustration, Journalism, Media, Photography and Printmaking.

Dr Angela Partington, Head of Creative Industries, says, “We are very excited about the Degree Show this year. The diversity and quality of students' work is truly inspiring. Our graduates are innovators who will be working across every area of the creative industries, and this is an opportunity for them to showcase their original work, their individuality and their developing talents with a wide audience.”

Many talented illustration students will be showing their work. Amongst them is Annika Wilkinson, originally from Sweden, who creates food based narrative illustrations in a mix of styles from intense paint and charcoal portraiture to vibrant watercolour and ink. Annika developed the branding, posters and menus for 'Under the Stars' on Bristol Harbourside. Annika says, “I love combining media and creating surreal atmospheres in my picture books. My passion is in producing emotional art even if it's the emotion of feeling warm and fuzzy from a picture of vegetables dancing in a bubble bath of soup. My illustrations are bold, intense and full of colour, inviting you to dive into the story.”

Graphic design students presenting their work include, Joshua Hughes-Games, who mixes illustration, print technique and typography in his designs for music videos and dance (Northern School of Contemporary Dance). Joshua says, “My interest in design began as a childhood love of poster art. I was completely hooked on 'Eureka: The Great Poster Trip' and the late 60's San Francisco psychedelic poster scene. I just remember looking at their posters and thinking I just wanted to make work that was that exciting. I fell in love with Screen-printing at a relatively young age and discovered the artwork from the original gore and splatter films by Herschell Gordon Lewis and George A. Romeo.”

Nikki Gittins, (MA Graphic Arts) runs her own graphic design business and developed 'The Local Language Project' during her MA which she hopes to develop into a PhD. The project investigates communities' relations to language, specifically local dialect, using traditional graphic arts and photography and combines visual ethnography with linguistics. Nikki says, “I am very grateful to the course for allowing me the freedom to experiment and explore my own practice, and actively encourage me to pursue my goals, even enabling me to conduct my first solo exhibition last December. The course blog, www.withnoroof.com has been a great platform for my work to be viewed by my peers and contemporaries.”

Bethan Durie,(Graphic Design) who prefers to call herself an 'image maker' says,

“I work in a variety of different media ranging from collage to ceramics and my practice is centred on the notion of unconventional storytelling. I have recently starting working on a collaborative project retelling the story of Edward Scissor Hands.” Bethan is looking forward to starting an MA in visual communication, specialising in illustration at The Royal College of Art.

Media Practice student, Reza Choubineh, has created a 'Docudrama' called A Season of Hope, about Eid Nowruz, a traditional celebration which takes place at the start of the Persian calendar year in Iran and elsewhere. The film follows the story of a ten year old boy called Mehdi, from a village called Kashkak in the North of Iran. Reza says, “I was inspired by the 'Iranian New Wave Cinema', which gives a voice to the Iranian people and their ancient culture, in particular the films of Abbas Kiarostami which have been screened at Cannes Film Festival, influenced me to try this style of filmmaking.”

In her project Manipulating Memories, Saydi Francis (Media and Cultural Studies) explores the power of photography using audio recordings of the personal memories of others to stimulate photographic images related to Bristol locations.

Jim Smith (Media Practice) has created, 'The Man Who Fell from the Sky' a documentary which is an investigative insight into the phenomenon of plane stowaways, focusing on the most recent case in the UK. His previous film, 'No Regrets' was screened at Sheffield Doc/Fest and recently won an undergraduate factual RTS award.

MA Animation student, Mike Farrar, is a CG artist, whose MA film 'Into Winter' is based on a cinematic, horror-inspired aesthetic. The short animated film tells the story of a man full of regret, who felt that self-isolation was his only option. Over months living in an isolated hut, his naive expectations are shattered as the forest and its inhabitants turn against him. Mike is currently working on a CG series for CBeebies.

MA Printmaking student Catherine Ade, a member of Cardiff Print Workshop, makes prints of scenes she has observed from everyday city life using stone lithography. Cath says, “At first I began by taking photographs of passers by my window as a method of recording the everyday world around me. I took these into photo-lithographic collages, but soon realised that I loved drawing too much, so began to draw and compose different situations. My work celebrates the ordinary in our lives and everyday occurrences using the traditional mediums of drawing and lithographic printmaking.”

Charlotte Hall (MA Printmaking) recently took part in Bristol Artists' Book Event and her work has been bought for Artists' Book collections at Tate Britain and Winchester School of Art. Charlotte says, "My practice revolves around shape, pattern, structure, scale and viewpoint. I convey this through artists' books and stand alone printmaking. Architecture inspires the format and folds of the books I create. I want them to invite the reader in so that they can explore the book in their own way."

Gillian Thompson is the Winner of the Galleries Magazine Award at BITE: Artists Making Prints exhibition (Mall Galleries, London) Sep 2012. Gillian says, “During the MA I have been exploring a more painterly approach to printmaking, focusing on intaglio processes. My ideas often emerge from photographs, but the work is mostly created from the memory of them. I am interested in how simplicity or the economy of composition can produce a quiet presence in a space.”

For those considering undergraduate study at UWE Bristol, the Degree Show will be open as part of the Open Day on Saturday 8 June (10.00 – 18.00). There is also an opportunity for those considering postgraduate study to attend the Creative Industries Postgraduate Drop In.

To view a slideshow of the work displayed please click here or visit the flickr gallery.

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