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Young UCLan art talent to go on display at the Harris

Posted on - 16th June, 2017 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, City Centre, Events, News, Preston City Centre, UCLan, University
Heather Saunders with her award-winning interior design
Heather Saunders with her award-winning interior design

These Preston students will see their work on display in the Harris Museum and Art Gallery.

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Eleven of the University of Central Lancashire students showcasing their work at the Lancashire Arts Festival have been picked.

More than 30 pieces of work are being exhibited at the UCLan degree shows and a number of students see their work displayed further.

Creative Lancashire were one of the judging panel on the Arts Awards with chairman Charles Hadcock describing the quality of the entries.

He said: “It has been a pleasure to judge these awards and almost impossible to choose 11 overall winners because the quality was so high. The creative industries are starting to look outside of London for up and coming talent and the Lancashire Arts Festival Degree Show is a great example of the vibrant future we can expect.”

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The eleven pieces of work – ranging from fine art to architecture – are going on display from Thursday 22 June to Sunday 2 July at the Harris. It’s free to look round.

Charlie Bulmer with his advertising work
Charlie Bulmer with his advertising work

Winning students are Georgina Atkinson, Jemma Baldwin, Lauren Bugg, Charlie Bulmer, Ashley Collier, Suzi Derbyshire, Samuel Jackson, Ameila Robertson, Tomos Rogers, Heather Saunders and Jack Woodward.

Fashion design student Amelia Robetson said: “It’s lovely to be recognised in this way. To come back from Graduate Fashion Week and be awarded for all of my hard work is a great honour.”

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UCLan vice-chancellor Professor Mike Thomas said: “Although only eleven students can win an award, my message to all those nominated is that you should all be immensely proud of being nominated for your achievements.

“You have already demonstrated the skills, the drive and the motivation to succeed, and in the years to come I’m sure your creative talent will shine through, just as it has done for so many of our graduates from the creative disciplines who have studied here over the years.

“These awards are now in the sixth year and I’m delighted that so many of our awards winners are now playing key roles in furthering the success story of the UK’s creative industries. Growing at almost twice the rate of the wider economy and, according to latest Government figures, worth a staggering £84 billion a year, our creative industries are well and truly thriving and here at the University of Central Lancashire we are determined to ensure its continued growth and success.”

Who are the students and the work going on display?

Georgina Atkinson – Fighting against Suicidal Thoughts movement (FAST) – This new brand aims to challenge the stigma behind depression and reduce the number of males who suffer in silence. The organisation will initially be an online platform for males to follow, find podcasts and watch talks by motivational speakers prompting males to keep engaged with the brand as it develops. After 12 months a lifestyle and wellbeing app ‘Tap IN’, aimed at millennial male consumers, will be released to help users change their daily cycle, become more aware of their own feelings and improve their wellbeing.

Jemma Baldwin – The Liverpool Biennale – The Liverpool Biennale dates back to 1999 and is the largest international contemporary art festival in the United Kingdom. Liverpool Biennial 2016 explores fictions, stories and histories, taking viewers on a series of voyages through time and space, drawing on Liverpool’s past, present and future.

Lauren Bugg – Third Year Acting Performances – This is a selection of screen and live performance by BA (Hons) Acting student Lauren Bugg. All the work you see was produced during Lauren’s final year of study and includes extracts from her Acting for Camera project devised project, a film by a TV/Media student and her third year theatre performance ‘Pentecost’ in which she played the female lead Gabriella Pecs.

Charlie Bulmer – The British Army ‘Fighting Misconceptions’ – A copy-only campaign to increase recruitment, targeted at ethnic minorities, women and those of multiple sexual and gender identities.

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Ashley Collier – Unwelcome – A powerful and thought-provoking short animated film that addresses racism in this country. It is about an individual who receives abuse from the general public and is told in first person to reveal that even the vulnerable are targets. This has been a research project, which succeeds in many areas and tackles a difficult subject, creating a fresh perspective with empathy and a strong, clear, accessible visual language.

Suzi Derbyshire – A2 Developments – The project (A2) is a development of adaptable and affordable modular housing. The aim was to tackle the housing shortage and affordability. The dwellings have been designed as kit homes with minimal internal limitations, allowing the end user to easily adapt their homes to meet their current and future requirements, both internally and externally. Modules can to be added or removed as and when the user requires, and/or when it is financially possible. Careful design consideration ensures the steel frame and panels are not compromised through this adaptation.

Samuel Jackson – Dragon Island – Through the construct of a fictional island space, Dragon Island seeks to explore the abstract manifested – presenting at once a paradox of the literal and figurative. The mythos of the dragon is attached to be both provocative and interpretive; the creature itself is represented at the edge of our collective imagination, within the bounds of capable thought but fundamentally fantastical. The island serves to contain such spectres within an observable state. It is a singular place where the paradox can inhabit.

Amelia Robertson – Survival Is Not Mandatory – My collection is a true mix of delicacy and robust – fusing the historic idea of survival with elements of a modern day nomadic lifestyle. Archive features such as multi-functional straps, buckles and belts are adapted for contemporary technological devices. Tough utilitarian silhouettes and details fuse with feminine delicacy, a contrast taken across styling and fabrications. Re-used vintage treasures inform details to help create a blend of high functionality alongside a contemporary performance sports look. Native American Art informs pattern that appears sporadically throughout the collection giving a nod towards the applique badges found on vintage luggage. The outerwear garments are inspired by military functional accessories combined with inspiration taken from multi-cultural nomads. The roll-up backs on my coats are influenced by sleeping bags found on the military uniform packs. These details are attached with military strapping and chunky, vintage buckles to create a bold silhouette.

Tomos Rogers – Dream Box – Dream Box is a collection of instrumental compositions formed into an EP. Taking a ‘multi-genre’ approach enables an infusion of various genres such as shoegaze, electronica, ambient, and electroacoustic music. The EP combines acoustic and electronic instrumentation through experimental approaches in the production process.
The sonic characteristics of the music explore a series of tension and release, which utilizes an array of techniques such as cadence, pitch change and use of dynamics.
Tomos Rogers is a music producer/composer based in the Merseyside/Lancashire area. Corresponding influences of Dream Box consist of Beck, Deerhunter, Atlas Sound, No Age and LCD Sound System.

Heather Saunders – The Team Room – ‘Tea with strangers’ is a project that aims to encourage an engagement within the community to sit down, meet and chat with people you wouldn’t have before, ‘Cities to feel more like neighbourhoods’. A hope, for a space like this, would be to offer a place where people can escape the busy environment of a city, and in the process, reduce stress, anxiety and the pace of every-day life. The space offers visitors an insight into the history of Liverpool trade that has been a part of the dock for many years, and to recognise what it means to people today.

Jack Woodward – Explosion No.1 – I make whatever comes into my head immediately, this spirals out of control until I end up immersed in my work. I work similar to how children create and play – whatever comes into their mind as a thing to make inhabits their being. The fun I experience when making causes explosions of energy, creating everything from animals to vehicles in ten minutes. I just make things intuitively, my work celebrates the vague and the imperfect, and it has a charm that makes people smile. I live in the work and become part of it; it is an extension of me.

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