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See the next big thing in the creative sector

A free festival of creative works opens in Norwich city centre on Wednesday 1 July with the commencement of the Norwich University of the Arts Degree Shows 2015. This annual event opens the campus up to industry guests, collectors, curators, employers, agents and the general public to view displays of final graduating work by students of the arts, design, architecture and media.

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‘Up In The Air’, D&AD Pencil winning graphics work by Conor McHugh and Harriet Neild

Among the work on show is an advertising concept for Airbnb by BA (Hons) Graphic Design students Conor McHugh and Harriet Neild which has won a prestigious Pencil award at the D&AD New Blood student awards this year. The concept centres around a campaign called ‘Up In The Air’ which encourages people to create their global village made up of buildings from around the world.

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Ceramic work by Fine Art student Bing Ming Ng

In the BA (Hons) Fine Art show, Thai student Bing Ming Ng is exhibiting ceramic work which explores the nature of imperfection and the fragility of objects, questioning the hypothesised existence of perfection. His work recently won £1,000 in the Bishop’s Art Prize.

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Still from animated film ‘Lucid Dream’ by Tomek Tragarz and Mike Cutting

‘Lucid Dream’ is a short CGI film from BA (Hons) Animation students Tomek Tragarz and Mike Cutting, in which Timmy explores a dreamworld with his teddy bear. The work incorporates the collaborative partners’ expertise in digital 3D, with examples of cel shading, multi-pass rendering, fabric simulation and particle physics.

Further work on display will include award-winning examples of illustration, textiles, photography, games art, film and, for the first time at NUA, architecture. 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 ceramics, cast bronze sculptures, art prints, abstract photography, handmade artists’ books, screenprinted t-shirts, silk handkerchiefs, acrylic jewellery, scarves, lamp shades, postcards and badges.

Professor John Last, Vice-Chancellor of NUA, says: “Every year we are pleased to welcome thousands of members of the general public from across the country through our doors for the degree shows, which never fail to impress, inspire and entertain. This is a showcase of exceptional prize-winning work by exciting next big talents who are preparing to make a serious impact in the creative industries.”

The shows commence on Wednesday 1 July and will be open every day from 10am (11am Sunday) until Tuesday 7 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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