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Future stars of creative sector put on public show of work

A festival of the arts, design and media opens in Norwich city centre on Tuesday 2 July as students prepare to graduate with a free public exhibition of their final work. Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) will throw open the doors of its campus buildings on St Georges Street for its annual Degree Shows, with work on display including contemporary art, illustration, textiles and film.

Highlights will include award winning work such as illustration student Ellen Rockell’s three dimensional drawn reimagining of the cover of Jonathan Coe’s contemporary classic What A Carve Up, which won the Adult Prize in the Penguin Random House Design Awards earlier this month.

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What A Carve Up cover by Ellen Rockell

The fine art show will provide an opportunity to see photo-documentation of performance art by MKLK, a pseudonymous student who has been selected among 55 nationwide for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries show at the Liverpool Biennial later this year.

Among the playable demos on show from the Games Art and Design course will be concept art from three teams of students currently competing in the finals of Dare to be Digital 2014, an international student games development competition in which the winning team will win a BAFTA Games Award.

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JKR Juice winning campaign by Helen Mak, BA Graphic Design

Also on show will be D&AD prize nominated work by graphic design and photography students, a selection of outfits from the NUA catwalk show at Graduate Fashion Week, previews of short films and animations ahead of an industry screening at Cinema City, textile design work which earned six Bradford Textile Society Design Competition awards, and the winner of the Norfolk Contemporary Art Society Prize 2014 which will be announced on Monday.

First prize winning entry in the Clothworkers’ Foundation Award for a material construction for either a fashion or interiors product created by non-conventional means, by Lucy Kent, BA Textile Design student at Norwich University of the Arts

First prize winning entry in the Clothworkers’ Foundation Award for a material construction for either a fashion or interiors product created by non-conventional means, by Lucy Kent, BA Textile Design

Much of the work on display will be for sale including items starting at £5 in the Sale Room, a shopping space where visitors can browse priced items including prize winning art prints, 3D printed orchid sculptures and animal photography, as well as illustrated t-shirts, tote bags, plates, lamp shades and hand-woven snoods.

Professor John Last, Vice-Chancellor of NUA, says: “The NUA Degree Shows are a celebration of the achievements of this year’s graduating cohort of arts, design and media students which attract visitors to Norwich from across the country. There is exceptional work on display from some supremely talented individuals who will go on to hold positions of influence in the creative industries. As well as being an opportunity to engage with the public, the Degree Shows enable students to showcase their work to a host of employers, buyers and curators looking for the next big talent.”

The shows commence on Wednesday 2 July and will be open every day from 10am (11am Sunday) until Tuesday 8 July. Complete opening times are available at www.nua.ac.uk/degreeshows. Campus maps and price lists are available from the exhibition information desk at the NUA entrance on St Georges Street.

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