graphic used for 2019 Arts Degree Show

Arts Degree Show to showcase the bold, thought-provoking and imaginative work of students at Loughborough

Loughborough University is delighted to announce this year’s Arts Degree Show, taking place 8-16 June.

It features a collection of inspiring and innovative work from final-year students studying Fine Art, Graphic Communication and Illustration, and Textiles within the School of the Arts, English and Drama.

Loughborough’s Art and Design courses have been placed in the UK top five every year since 2016 (Complete University Guide).  The University is currently ranked 28th in the world for Art and Design (QS World Rankings by Subject 2019).

Upon graduating, students from the School have gone on to build a strong reputation in a variety of occupations within the creative industry.

This year, visitors can expect to see examples of photography; installation; branding; woven, printed and multi-media textiles; homeware; sculpture; user experience design; ceramics; 3D design; Augmented Reality (AR); fashion; and typography, among much more.

Arts Degree Show - work by Ella Williams Brown

Image: Ella Williams-Brown

Inspiration for the exhibits has come from a diverse range of sources, with many students drawing on their experiences from placements in industry.

Fine Art student, Omezia Haruna, will be presenting ‘The Culture Fair’ – a journey through commercialisation and reality. His installation – which features interactive games and a gift shop – takes both a humorous and dark perspective on the entertainment industry and its influence on society to consume eternally.

Arts Degree Show - work by Omezia Haruna

Image: Omezia Haruna

Hannah Brumby has produced work inspired by her younger cousin who was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder that has many symptoms, including the development of epilepsy.

The Graphic Communication and Illustration student will be showcasing her ‘rebrand’ of an existing epilepsy charity’s website, to make it focus on the awareness of the disorder and better educate people on what to do when someone has an epileptic seizure through engaging and striking designs.

Another student, Kitty McMahon, will be showcasing portraits made from written words alone. She has drawn a number of significant politicians involved in the Brexit debate and constructed these using words each individual used in their speeches after the 2016 referendum.

Arts Degree Show - work by Kitty McMahon

Image: Kitty McMahon

Other pieces featured in the exhibition include a collection of materials created using zero waste by multi-media textiles student Ella Williams-Brown; dinner plates with designs on them to remind consumers ‘how food gets from farm to place’ by Jessica Porter; and an illustrated AR storybook for children, created by Jai Coutts.

Talking about the Degree Show, Dean of the School of Arts, English and Drama, Professor Michael Wilson, commented: “The Arts Degree Show is always one of the highlights of the academic year and this year is no different, showcasing the talents and diverse work of the next generation of artists and designers.

“The 2019 Show exhibits work that is innovative, imaginative and challenging, but also relevant and urgent, addressing the many challenges that we, as a society, face today.”

Arts Degree Show - work by Jessica Porter

Image: Jessica Porter

There will be a selection of prizes given out to students at the private viewing of the exhibition, which takes place on Friday 7 June.

These prizes recognise student excellence and range from cash prizes to creative resources.  

The exhibition is free to attend and entry is via the Edward Barnsley Building. It is open for the public to attend from 10am-5pm, 8-16 June.

It coincides with the Arts Open Day on Saturday 8 June, which is an opportunity for potential students to visit the School and find out more information about the degrees which will be featured in the show.

The exhibition is also one of the events taking place as part of Loughborough University's Arts Festival - a celebration of the creative arts through a series of workshops, shows and talks, which will give staff, students and members of the public the opportunity to find out more about the activities taking place on the University campus.

Find out more about the Arts Degree Show by visiting the dedicated webpage here.

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