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Final Year Degree Show provides perfect setting for Art and Design alumni reunion


Posters on display at the Art and Design reunion

Middlesex University's Final Year Degree Show 2014 was host to the first official Art & Design reunion in recent years this June, with the work of this year's students providing the perfect backdrop to celebrate more than 130 years of creativity at Middlesex.

Over 75 former students from Middlesex University and its predecessor institutions attended the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane for the event, which included an exhibition of student generated posters from across the last four decades.

Attendees at the event included former Hornsey College of Art students who had be present during the famous sit in 1968.

Fine artist Gillian Talbot graduated from Hornsey in the late 60s and came with her daughter Victoria, who completed her BA Graphic Design at Middlesex in 2008.

"Hornsey was always very progressive and the quality of Fine Art emerging from Middlesex University today is of an equally high standard, but looking at the graphic design it has certainly changed a great deal because of the digital world that we now live in," said Gillian.

"In my time I was mainly interested in postmodernism and I can still see glimpses of that in the work I've seen at the show, but because of digitalisation and 3D the work is more varied now.

"It was a great time and it is lovely coming here with Victoria now."

Victoria now runs a magazine project with third year Graphic Design students at Middlesex when she is not busy with her day job as Lead Creative at the agency Human After All.

"I'm very lucky to have maintained a relationship with Middlesex," she said.

"I really enjoyed my time studying here and I've always made sure I come and see the shows because there is such a wealth of creative talent here."

Another alumna in attendance was Sophia Sam, who graduated with a BA Fine Art degree in 2010 and now teaches Art and Design at City and Islington College.

"I've been back to the degree show every year since I graduated and it's always interesting to see how things have changed," she said.

"With the alumni reunion and the posters it feels different this year. It's always nice to see people you studied with, old faces and your old tutors.

"It brings back great memories and seeing the courses and how things have changed is really interesting."

Central to the poster exhibition was a piece created by an unknown Hornsey College of Art student, which was kindly donated to the Middlesex archive by alumnus Nick Wright.

One of the brightly coloured badges which feature on the poster was missing, so as part of the event an alumni competition to design its replacement was organised.

The winning entry, designed by Chilean MA Fine Art alumna Alejandra Rojas Contreras, was turned into a pin badge alongside a number of others from the original poster, all of which were given out to attendees at the event.

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