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NUA Alumni Newsletter February 2014

Welcome to the latest e-newsletter from Norwich University of the Arts (NUA). We hope you enjoy reading about news from the University plus details of events on campus and those involving fellow graduates.


Celebrating the past…Embracing the Future

On 30th January 2014, NUA Chancellor, actor John Hurt CBE, and Vice-Chancellor Prof John Last officially launched the N170 campaign to honour the University’s 170th anniversary which we will be celebrating in 2015.

The original School of Design was formed in 1845 to train designers for local industries and we will be celebrating our past and embracing the future during the 2014/15 academic year.

NUA’s plans for expanding our course portfolio and the purchase of new buildings to add to our city centre campus were announced at the event. This includes a new School of Architecture, re-location and rebranding of the gallery and a new digital innovation hub which will all open during the anniversary year. A new fundraising appeal will be launched later this spring to raise funds to enhance all areas of the student experience. A new N170 logo, designed by Year 3 Graphic Design students Charlie Garrod, Kassia Chatting and Joshua Miller, will be used throughout the campaign. The designers worked with NUA alumnus Jim Sutherland to re-work the NUA logo to incorporate the anniversary dates.

There will be lots of ways for our graduates and friends to engage with us during the year and we are now working on a programme of events which will include an alumni exhibition and a weekend reunion to coincide with the Degree Shows 2015, so please watch this space for more details.

Read more about the launch and the N170 campaign and follow us on Twitter @NUAAlumni #N170 for the latest news.

170 years of Creativity and Counting…

A film made to commemorate our 170 year history was premiered at the launch featuring students past and present discussing what NUA means to them. You can watch the short video here

What does NUA mean to you? We would love to hear your stories, memories and how NUA helped you in your creative career so please get in touch. You can email us, follow us on Twitter@NUAAlumnior like our Facebook page.

Alumni Newsletter Archive

September 2013

Katie Whitton Oasis

Textile Designer Collaborates with high street chain Oasis

Following on from the success of her degree show and receiving the Tiger Print award at New Designers, NUA graduate Katie Whitton (BA Textiles 2013), has collaborated with clothing store Oasis to launch a range of clothing using her designs. Her range will hit stores in June and Katie’s designs will also be featured in that month’s edition of Marie-Claire magazine.


Juliana Sissons

Craft, Creativity, Couture

As part of Norwich Fashion Week, Norwich University of the Arts hosts an evening symposium and exhibition of contemporary fashion design by internationally renowned designers Juliana Sissons and Patrick Ian Hartley and staff and students from NUA.

Juliana Sissons, a Fashion Designer in Residence at the V&A in 2010 and Patrick Ian Hartley, designer of unique, bespoke corsets and neckwear will discuss their own approach to craft and creativity and take part in a Q&A introduced by NUA Course Leader for Fashion, Sue Chowles.

MA Degree Show

Postgraduate Study at NUA

If you are considering furthering your  career or continuing your studies with a postgraduate qualification, please; download the new MA Handbook or email: postgrad@nua.ac.uk for more information on the courses available.

All former students of the University also receive a £500 bursary off taught MA course tuition fees, regardless of when you last studied here.

For details of our next MA Open Day, please click here

London Sculpture Workshop 

Co-founded by NUA graduate Giles Corby (BA Fine Art 1994) in 2012, the London Sculpture Workshop is the first not-for-profit, community interest based company in London and is equipped with exceptional facilities for artists and makers working in 3D. Run on an open-access pay as you go membership scheme, its facilities include metal and wood workshops, mould-making and ceramic areas over 1,500 sq ft of flexible working space.

In 2013 the workshop received a Chelsea Arts Club Trust ‘Artist’s Run Space’ award in recognition for their work.

The workshop is a valuable resource for any London based graduates looking to access such specialised facilities.

For more information on the workshop and facilities available, please visit their website.

After graduating from Norwich, Giles continued his studies at the Royal College of Art and last year was commissioned to make two awards for the Raindance Film Festival Awards.


The Gallery at NUA

Concrete: Noah Da Costa
Showing until 1 March 2014

Images of modern British architecture by contemporary photographer and NUA alumni Noah Da Costa

Open Tuesday – Saturday 12 noon – 5pm, No admission charge

Upcoming shows in the Gallery at NUA:

Jerwood Painting Fellowships
11 March – 5 April 2014

An exhibition of work by Anthony Faroux, Susan Sluglett and Sophia Starling chosen by mentors and selectors Marcus Harvey, Mali Morris RA and Fabian Peake. Open Tuesday – Saturday 12 noon – 5pm, No admission chargewww.nua.ac.uk/visit/thegallery

Lunchtime Talks @ The Gallery:
11 March 2014, 12.30pm
Jerwood Painting Fellowships talk

Other NUA Events:

Craft, Creativity, Couture
12 March 2014, 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Duke Street, Norwich, NR3 3AJ

MA Open Day
22 May 2014
3.00pm – 5.00pm


An interactive audio visual installation by Jamie Gledhill (Moving Image & Sound 2013)
Gallery three, Ipswich Town Hall
10.00am – 4.45pm


BFI Future Film Festival
Animation Day
23 February 2014

Are you an animator keen to get into the industry, develop your skills or establish a pool of contacts? This dedicated animation day offers a diverse and in-depth range of masterclasses, workshops, screenings, Q&As and networking opportunities.
Tickets from £6

For more information and to book, please click here

Hello? I Love you?
Showing until 28 February 2014

New work by five artists: Stephen Hennessy, Matthew Gent, Panna Parmar, Jhinuk Sarkar and Samuel Potts including paintings, print-making and illustrations.

Open Mon – Sat 8.30am – 4.30pm
House Gallery, 70 Camberwell Church Street, London, SE5 8QZ


LSI Architects Drawing Exhibition
22 February – 2 March 2014

An exhibition of drawings by David Thompson curated by MA Curation students at NUA.

The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral, Norwich, NR1 4DH
Open: Mon – Sat 9.30am – 4.30pm
Sun 12.00pm – 3.00pm


The Contemporary Portrait: Self & Others
Showing until 9 March 2014

Featuring Susan Bowman at the Shirehall Gallery, Market Square, Stafford

Open: Mon: 9.30 am – 5.00 pm
Tue: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Wed – Sat: 9.30 am – 5.00 pm
Sun: 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm
No admission fee


Norwich 20 Group Exhibition
Showing until 23 April 2014
Celebrating 70 years of the 20 group
Adnams Bar, Theatre Royal Norwich
Open: Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm


Last chance to see…Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia
Finishes 24 February 2014
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UEA Campus, Norwich, NR4 7TJ

Open Sat and Sun 10am – 6pm
Monday 24 February – Maggi Hamblin In Conversation with Ian Collins, 5pm booking essential. Admission charge payable.

John Rance

Norwich Twenty Group Celebrate 70th Anniversary

Formed in 1944, the Norwich Twenty Group started with just 20 members but now has more than 80 across Norfolk representing all aspects of contemporary fine art, many of who are NUA graduates. To celebrate their 70th anniversary, they are currently holding an exhibition at the Theatre Royal Norwich with other exhibitions planned for during the year.

For more information, please visit their website: www.norwich20group.co.uk

Have you got news for us?

We are now planning the Summer 2015 edition of Beyond magazine and looking for alumni news stories and entries for the Whatever Happened To… section. So if you have any exciting news to share or would like to update fellow graduates on what you are doing now, please get in touch, we would love to hear from you.

Entries for the Whatever Happened To… section should be approximately 100 words and you can also send in an image of a piece of your work or a recent photo. You can also include a web address and if you would like to re-connect with old friends, an email address.

If you have a bigger news story or an idea for an article that you would like to submit, please email to: alumni@nua.ac.uk by Friday 28th March 2014.

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