28th November 2005





Four students from the University of Lincoln in Hull have won a prestigious national new media award.


Their Virtual Garden, which allows computer users to go online and control the virtual weather, won the British Interactive Media Association (BIMA) Student Award in Chelsea on Friday evening.


The web site was produced by Hull-based students Nick Goward, Linze Holt, Graham Musk (Interactive Multimedia) and Lisa Gray (Web Design).


"This is fantastic achievement for the student team from the Hull School of Art and Design and is a reflection of their hard work and enthusiasm for the subject area,” said Richard Vickers, a senior lecturer in New Media at the University of Lincoln.


“This year’s team has done extremely well to win this prestigious award against stiff competition. For a student entry to the UK’s leading interactive award to receive such high accolade from the judging panel is absolutely brilliant, and I congratulate them all on their success."


The judging panel made up of 20 senior interactive practitioners and chaired by the  leading graphic artist and interactive design pioneer Professor Malcolm Garret was impressed with the students’ work.


“Nick, Linze, Lisa and Graham created a thoroughly enthralling environment for people to explore,” they said. “At a time when interactive talent is in such high demand, the entries in this year’s student category were very encouraging, but the Virtual Garden demanded the most attention.


Nick Goward explained: “The garden works in real time, so at night it’s dark and there are stars in the sky and during the day the sun shines or it’s cloudy, and is  controlled either through a webcam or through a microphone. You interact with it not by using the keyboard or mouse but by making movements or making noise.


“You can control the weather, alter conditions, cause reactions within the garden and entice plants to grow.”


Visit The Virtual Garden at www.webdesignhull.lincoln.ac.uk/ngoward/virtualspace/


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Caption: Nick Goward and Linze Holt pictured at ther awards ceremony on Friday


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

Nick Goward can be contacted on 07968 586364