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Degree Show exhibits the work of aspiring artists and designers

Students from Loughborough University’s School of the Arts and Design School are set to exhibit their work across a range of disciplines in end of year shows opening next week.

Graduates from Loughborough have a strong reputation of building careers in a range of occupations, with many enterprising students going on to contribute to the UK’s outstanding role within the arts and creative industries.

The School of the Arts and Design School Degree Shows provide the opportunity for potential employers, friends, family, industry and members of the public to view their projects and speak to artists and designers about their creations.

The Arts Degree Show is open to the public from 4-12 June, 10am-5pm daily. The work on display includes paintings, illustrations and textile designs as well as photographs, short films and video game animation.

Notable projects at the exhibition will include the work of final year Textiles students who recently sold 15 designs to a range of global companies including Hugo Boss at the Paris international fashion event, Premiere Vision Designs.

Also on display will be the works of Matilda-Riley Hicks, Kelly Lovatt and Alice Thompson who each received awards from the Worshipful Company of Weavers, a charitable organisation promoting excellence in the UK textiles industry.

Fine Art student, Paula ‘Priley’ Riley, creator of The Child sculpture featured in Loughborough Town Centre and, the ArtFund’s Ultimate Edible Masterpiece Satsuma recreation of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, will also be exhibiting work in drawing painting and sculpture.

The Design School Show will be open to the public from 10-14 June, 10am until 4pm. Exhibited will be a range of prototype designs, project abstracts and information about the designers and their projects.  

This year’s innovative ideas include Industrial Design student, Forrest Skerman-Stevenson’s project, Solarc. Inspired by the growing worldwide refugee crisis and camp living conditions, Solarc is a solar powered electricity supply unit which provides a low cost solution to providing off grid power to refugee camps.

Hayley Maynard’s product, Esatto, enables anyone to create cured, dried, fermented or cold smoked charcuterie meats at home from scratch. Inspired by two big current food trends, Hayley’s product capitalises on the increase of home cooks wanting chef standard professional equipment and, the trend of consuming smoked meats.

Professor Alison Yarrington, Dean of the School of the Arts, English and Drama, said: “The work which you will encounter in the Arts Degree Show 2016 is imaginative, adventurous and thought provoking, bringing the individual and unique talents of our final-year students into an inspiring collective event. This diverse and rich display is the outcome of their application, talents and skills which have developed in an open and supportive studio and practice based environment, underpinned by rigorous theoretical and critical debate.”

Dean of Loughborough Design School, Professor George Havenith, comments: “Year on year I am impressed when I look at our students’ work exhibited at the Degree Show. The originality of their ideas and the quality of the design development process all the way up to their prototyping skills is exemplary. I am looking forward to the opening of the show where they will be able to showcase their work to colleagues, family and importantly to industrial contacts.”

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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named the best in the country for its student experience in the 2016 THE Student Experience Survey. Loughborough was ranked 4th in theGuardian University League Table 2017 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2017 and was also named University of the Year in the In the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2015.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In September 2015 the University opened an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.



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