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10 June 2008 PR 08/78

Up-and-coming artists’ work on display at degree show

Stunning sculptures, exquisite jewellery and beautiful illustrations are just some of the pieces that will be on display at this year’s Loughborough University School of Art and Design (LUSAD) Degree Show.

The exhibition, which takes place from Saturday 14 to Friday 20 June, is the showcase for the striking works of art that the students from LUSAD produce during their final year. Almost 300 students will display their portfolios, which show their work from conception to completion.

The show covers a wide range of artistic genres including furniture, painting, film, graphic design, animation and textiles.

One student, Alex Brady, who is studying Printed Textiles, took inspiration for her designs from mazes, labyrinths and game-play. “I’m fascinated by illusory environments and visual confusion, which I’ve reflected in my designs,” she says. “I’ve created digital- and hand-printed textile lengths, a cardboard rocking chair, which has been developed in conjunction with a local cardboard manufacturer, and a short animation of a marching band, which brings print to life!”

The work of Fine Art student Luke Twigger focuses on the Swedish term ‘Konsthantverk’, meaning ‘handmade arts’ in English. “I’ve blended aspects of kitsch culture, design and fashion to create handmade objects through which I’ve tried to explore the boundaries between art, design and craft,” explains Luke.

Marsha Meskimmon, the director of LUSAD, says the show caps another tremendous year for the School’s students. “The degree show is a chance for everyone – staff, students and members of the public – to celebrate the students’ achievements and reflect on their success. And who knows – you may just see the work of the next big name in art!” she says.

The degree show is open 10am to 5pm from Saturday 14 to Friday 20 June. Exhibitions of Fine Art, 3D Design and Textile Design are being held in the School of Art and Design buildings on the University campus. The Visual Communication exhibition is located at 12 Frederick Street, in Loughborough town centre. Admission is free and advance booking is not required.

An exhibition of work by Art and Design Foundation students is also on display in the James France building, on Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 June from 10am to 5pm.

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Notes to editors:

  1. Members of the media are welcome to attend the Degree Show, which offers excellent opportunities for photography and filming. Please contact Hannah Baldwin, in advance, T: 01509 222239, if you would like to visit.

  2. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    In the 2007 National Student Survey, the University was voted fourth in the UK, with 23 out of 29 of Loughborough’s subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. Loughborough is also ranked in the top fifteen of UK universities in national league tables. It was named winner of the 2006 and 2007 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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