One of the largest student art exhibitions held by any UK university opens its doors to the pubic tonight (8 June) as Middlesex University’s up-and-coming creative students exhibit their work.
Tonight’s launch at the Old Truman Brewery kicks off with a catwalk fashion show, followed by an exhibition of work from students studying subjects including animation, photography, interior design, fine art, jewellery and illustration.
Students showing their work include Sony World Photography Award winner Asef Ali Mohammad, fashion student Olivia Ann May who recently received media attention for her designs for older people, and Clive Shaw, whose animation work was praised by The Simpson’s creator Matt Groening.
This year’s show will also feature product design and engineering students including Kieron Scott-Woodhouse who wowed the technology industry with his bamboo mobile phone, Puja Varsani who flew the flag for Britain at World Skills and Ahmed Patel, one of a number of students who worked on an innovative project to create a video for pop star Ellie Goulding.
One of the up and coming fashion designers taking part in the show is Stefania Testa, who has created designs based on 80s swimwear, mountain climbers and arctic explorers. She said: “I’m definitely excited, but pretty nervous too. My designs are second out so I’ll be busy dressing the models backstage and will have to rush out to see my work on the catwalk – I don’t want to miss that.”
Illustration student Hector Lloyd has created an impressive 2 metre artwork, a modern day take on ancient civilisations, he said: “It’s exciting that it’s all come together – I’m looking forward to it finally being on public display.”
Fashion bloggers and final year Fashion Design, Styling and Promotion students Carrie Harwood and Lucy Nicholls have created a new fashion magazine. Carrie said: “We were fed up with unrelatable articles and disenchanting content in modern magazines, so we created our own. Ours is a magazine for girls that don't want to keep up with the latest trends, but like to be reminded of ones gone by.”
Around 5000 people are expected to visit the exhibition.
Invite only view: Friday 8 June 2012, 5.30-9pm
Public display: 9-11 June 2012, 10am–5.30pm (9 June) and 10am–7.30pm (10-11 June)
Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, E1 6QL