With more than 450 exhibitors and 5,000 visitors the biggest and best exhibition of its kind returns to the heart of London’s East End this week.
Montage Art and Design Degree Show – which showcases the work of graduating Middlesex University students at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane - will have stunning work in the fields of design, illustration, photography and fashion among many others.
Middlesex Arts students have been no stranger to the limelight this year, winning prizes at London Fashion Week, having work featured in international publications like Newsweek and featuring in exhibitions at central London venues like the National Portrait Gallery.
Now their work will all be in one place and open to the public for four days, with an invitation-only creative industry private view and fashion show on Thursday to launch the exhibition.
Panda Parker, a final year BA Fashion student, will be showing six pieces on the catwalk on Thursday. Her work may be what is being worn next season but it is inspired by what people would wear if there were no seasons.
She said: “I started looking into global warming because I’m a bit hippy like that and it developed into a vision in my head which was a future world in 50 years time, so my clothes were a reaction – they are adaptable to erratic weather.”
She designed around the ideas of changeability, adaptation and camouflage, printing faces on her Kombi dress design. “My print is a modern camouflage to disguise yourself as somebody else,” she said.
Another student at the show, Nicola Williams, is graduating from her BA Jewellery and Accessories degree. Her innovative leather sunglasses have already turned heads.
The show is a fantastic shop window for graduating Middlesex students, with many using it as an opportunity to network and get their work seen by important industry contacts.
Inzajeano Latif, who is now studying an MA in Photography at Middlesex, said: “The Middlesex University degree show was a great platform for a student such as myself to showcase the final BA series that I had really put my heart and soul into. It attracts many people from the industry and was a great place to network and really put yourself out there.”
One of the photos that Inzajeano exhibited in last year’s Art and Design show was selected for the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize and displayed at the National Portrait Gallery as well as across the capital, including on tube posters.
He said: “Publicity like this has allowed me to talk to big galleries about my work and exhibiting. I have also been approached by major European photographic agencies in regards to advertising work but most of all it has allowed me to continue making work that I am passionate about, work that can move people across the world.”
Phil Healey, Head of the Art and Design Department at Middlesex University, said: “We are proud to present the work of our graduates at this major event - the biggest and best in London- as a showcase for the vibrant and diverse array of talent at Middlesex University."
Middlesex University’s Montage Art and Design Degree Show is open to the public on Friday June 4 from 10am to 6pm and from Saturday June 5 to Monday June 7 from 10am to 7pm.
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