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Review: Art & Design Degree Show, UCS, Ipswich, June 8 (Private View)!

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Review: Art & Design Degree Show, UCS, Ipswich, June 8 (Private View)!

I’ll be honest with you – modern art often bewilders me. To me, an unmade bed and a dead shark is something my mum tells me off for having in my room (don’t ask) – so I ventured into the lively jungle of art that is UCS’ Art & Design Degree Show worrying that I wouldn’t be able to understand anything. My fears were misplaced – I enjoyed an engrossing evening out that was accessible to people of all ages.

The walls are full of art, from paintings…

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…to photographs…

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…to mattresses…

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…to tables and chairs.

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There’s also some brilliant sculpture, that is in turns creepy…

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(Winnie the Pooh having the worst day ever.)

…colourful…

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…and cool.

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It’s not just Fine Art and Photography on display – there’s also Film and Media, Graphic Design, Interior Design, and Computer Games Design. I spent quite a while in the latter – not just because you get to play video games there (Key Stage 1 Maths has never been so much fun!) – it was genuinely interesting. Luke Norman told me the story behind why he chose this course; his teacher told him about it when, bored in an IT lesson, he created a game just out of Excel! (My teachers are far less understanding when I don’t concentrate in class.)

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Henry Bracey was good enough to explain some of his work to me. (I didn’t really get all of it, but he was a very nice young man.) I also spoke to Rob Kurta, the enthusiastic course leader of Computer Games Design, who told me all about what sounds like a brilliant course.

The graduates were very approachable and happy to talk about their work. It’s fascinating to hear about their inspirations – Paul Fisk’s art is inspired by his understanding of Buddhism and his ambition to be heavyweight champion of the world. (Random but cool!)

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Meanwhile, Interior Design graduate Alba Woodard came all the way from Spain to study at UCS, and the bold colours of her work are a reflection of her upbringing there.

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The Art & Design Degree Show is a vibrant showcase of young talent flourishing in Suffolk. It is these graduates who will go on to shape the future of creative industries. The show is a thought-provoking outing with a great atmosphere. Well worth a visit.

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Words and Photography:
Daisy Jones

The Degree Show runs until June 19 at Arts Building and Waterfront Building, UCS, Ipswich
Weekdays 10am - 6pm / Weekends 11am - 3pm

Comments:

1 Yviemarie | on 11 June 2011

Ha! I’m in the photo smile

2 IP1zine | on 11 June 2011

which photo?

3 Yviemarie | on 12 June 2011

Ha! The last one. I was flicking through one of the portfolios, very impressive, made me want to go and draw something smile

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