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A Summer of Award Success for Lincoln’s Artists and Designers
Published: 2nd July 2020, 4:52pm
A Summer of Award Success for Lincoln’s Artists and Designers Artists, fashion stars and designers of the future have secured a catalogue of international award wins and nominations for their sustainable designs in a summer of success for creative students from the University of Lincoln, UK.

So far this summer, nine undergraduate students from Lincoln’s School of Design have won or been shortlisted for prestigious awards, with a trio of young designers in the running for the coveted RSA (Royal Society of Arts) Student Design Awards 2020.

The RSA Student Design Awards is a global curriculum and competition for emerging designers that has been running since 1924. They challenge students and recent graduates to tackle various pressing social, environmental and economic issues through fresh design thinking, and this year three Lincoln students have made the shortlist.

Graphic Design students Georgia Holden and Penny Wright, as well as Dan Rose who studies Product Design, have been selected for the final stage of the competition thanks to their inventive solutions to design problems. Georgia responded to the competition brief asking ‘How might we reimagine common spaces to build diverse communities through food?’ while Penny answered the question ‘How might we unlock joy for people at train stations?’.

Daniel used his product design skills to solve the brief asking ‘How might we make active travel accessible to the ageing population that will, in turn, make it better for all?’.

Finalists are now being interviewed by a global panel of judges, before winners are announced later in the summer.

Another Lincoln Graphic Design student, Joshua Millard, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Penguin Random House Student Design Award in the fiction cover category. Joshua designed an image for The Night Manager by John Le Carre and is one of ten students shortlisted in the category from universities across the UK. The winners are set to be announced this September, with prizes including four-week work placements at Penguin Random House Design Studios.

Leading the charge in the sustainable fashion world is final year Fashion student Abbie Clarke. Abbie, who designed a range of socially conscious clothing, has just been announced as a winner of the Offcut London Fashion Competition. Offcut was launched to create an outlet for emerging fashion designers to showcase their talent to an audience of fellow creatives, brands and other industry contacts.

Abbie’s collection – The Ugly Truth - is an Autumn/Winter street style collection aiming to highlight the African child soldier crisis. The design tells the stories of child soldiers, Agnes and Lionel, in their own words. The fashion competition, open to thousands of young designers from across the UK, was held in collaboration with NJL (Not Just a Label), with the winners showcasing their designs in a live virtual fashion show. Following her success, Abbie’s work is now showcased on the brand’s website.

Also representing Lincoln on an international stage is Graphic Design student Chloe Milham. Chloe is one of three winners in the Dragon Rouge Firestarters Student Brief competition. Dragon Rouge is a global creative agency, headquartered in London, whose competition for university students aims to support emerging talent. The competition briefs are designed to show the importance of strategic and sustainable thinking and fuller brand experiences.

Chloe’s ‘Bluebeary’ work – an eco-friendly alternative to snack and toy packaging for children – is highlighted on the agency’s website.

This catalogue of competition wins follows the recently announced success of Lincoln Product Designer Owen Philips, whose facemask of the future was selected as the winning entry in a project supported by Samsung KX and tech guru Jason Bradbury.

All of this innovative work will be on show as part of the University of Lincoln’s virtual Festival of Creativity this summer. The festival – now in its fourth year – is being held entirely online for the first time, celebrating the emerging creative talents of art and design students at the University of Lincoln, and the website is now live.  

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