27th May 2014, 4:02pm
Show time for Lincoln’s creative talent
Charlotte Brooks, BA (Hons) Fine Art A sensational programme of exhibitions, displays and screenings will showcase work from hundreds of up-and-coming artists, media creatives and designers when the University of Lincoln opens the doors to its Degree Shows this summer.

The annual two-month exhibition programme celebrates the work of final year students from across the College of Arts, and offers the public a chance to enjoy a diverse array of artwork, multi-media production and live performance.

Offering a glimpse of the future of UK creative talent, the free exhibitions will feature work spanning the Schools of Art and Design, Architecture, Media, Journalism, Humanities and Performing Arts, and will transform galleries, workshops and teaching venues across the University.

Speaking ahead of the 2014 Degree Shows, Acting Joint Head of the College of Arts, Dr Sarah Barrow said: “These shows are a calendar highlight for the University and the city of Lincoln. They represent the culmination of much hard work, creativity and commitment from our students and we are delighted to showcase the truly original, innovative and inspiring work that is being produced across the College at undergraduate level."

Professor Mark O’Thomas, Acting Joint Head of the College of Arts, added: “The University of Lincoln’s College of Arts is an internationally renowned provider of art, design, media, and performance education, and this year’s shows highlight the talent we have here in Lincoln. We hope the public will join us in celebrating the College’s achievements.”

This year signifies the 20th anniversary for the Lincoln School of Media, which created the first Media Production course at university level in the UK, and the Degree Shows represent an important part of the celebrations. This year’s cohort will present their Media showcase to the public from Wednesday 28th – Friday 30th May, which will include an original film depicting the life of a single woman during World War One, a documentary following the struggles faced by the independent cinema industry and a number of audio compositions, hosted by a large outdoor ‘sound spiral’.

This year also marks the 40th anniversary of Conservation teaching in the city, and to celebrate the landmark, students graduating from the BA (Hons) Conservation and Restoration programme will present The Future of History as part of the School of Art and Design’s exhibition programme.

Focusing on the past, present and future of an eclectic assortment of objects, this fascinating exhibition will explore the ways in which individual items have been restored to preserve the history and heritage they represent. A taxidermy alligator, a receptacle recovered from a Dutch vessel in 1735 and a Roman glass bottle excavated from the site of a historic town are just a few of the unique items which will go on public display.

Art lovers are also invited to attend the Degree Shows for students from nine other Art and Design courses, which will take place in the School’s new multi-million pound building, opening daily from Saturday 31st May – Monday 16th June, from 10am – 4pm.    

Among these, Creative Advertising students will reveal how they have answered communication briefs for commercial clients such as the Poppy Appeal, National Trust, Sky, Clarks Shoes and Rimmel Cosmetics.

The University of Lincoln’s School of Performing Arts present their concluding shows at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) from 23rd – 29th May, and the final-year Architecture students will exhibit their work from 7th – 27th June.

All shows are free to attend and take place on the University’s Brayford Pool Campus. For more information, visit www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/collegeofarts/degreeshows.