As we head into June the number of openings is in full flow, and here we highlight 22 shows opening over the next seven days in Scotland, Wales and England.
School of Creative Arts, University of Hertfordshire
This degree show sees the University of Hertfordshire’s School of Creative Arts building transformed into an expansive exhibition space, showcasing work by 400 students from across various undergraduate courses including: Graphic Design and Illustration, Photography and Fine Art, along with the work of the MA Art Therapy students.
PV 7 June, 4-8 June, College Lane, Hatfield, AL10 9AB.
University of Leeds, Fine Art
Entitled ‘Squeeze’, this show features 58 artists considering ‘what can be achieved through unpacking the moment, flirting with it and kneading it for answers’. It’s the second of the university’s BA Fine Art degree shows to take place in the school’s new premises, located at the heart of campus on University Road, and is spread across four floors.
PV 6 June, 7-23 June, University Road, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT.
Blackpool and the Fylde College
Entitled ‘Five’, this exhibition is named after the number of creative arts courses which take place at the university. Disciplines exhibited will include: BA (Hons) Graphic Design and Visual Communication; BA (Hons) Fine Art Professional Practise; BA (Hons) Photography; BA (Hons) Fashion & BA(Hons) Fashion (Contemporary Costume); BA (Hons) Digital Production and Film Making.
PV 7 June, 8-11 June, Ashfield Road, Blackpool, FY2 0HB.
University of Salford
The University of Salford’s annual degree show will take place at the New Adelphi building on its main campus, and includes work from across the School of Arts and Media, plus Architecture from the School of the Built Environment.
7-15 June, The Crescent, Salford, M5 4WT.
Slade School of Fine Art (MA/MFA/PHD)
The annual Slade Degree Shows will showcase artworks by graduating students from the UCL Slade School of Fine Art.
7-17 June, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT.
University of the West of England, Bristol
The annual Creative Industries Degree Show, ‘Con-form’, will showcase work from over 500 graduates from undergraduate and postgraduate art, design, film and journalism programmes. The event is split across the university’s City Campus locations at Arnolfini, Bower Ashton and Spike Island.
8-13 June, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1QY.
Arts University of Bournemouth
Arts University of Bournemouth’s 2018 BA and Prep HE Summer Shows showcase a range of different practices, ranging from textiles to board games and comic books.
PV 7 June, 8-15 June, Wallisdown, Poole, BH12 5HH.
University of Plymouth
Featuring work by 500 final-year students, this exhibition presents a wide spectrum of disciplines, from architecture and design, to media and photography.
8-21 June, Royal William Yard (Mills Bakery), Plymouth, PL1 3RP
Belfast School of Art
A showcase of work by Belfast School of Art students at the school’s studios in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter.
8-16 June, Ulster University, York Street, Belfast, County Antrim, BT15 1ED.
Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University
Over 200 graduating artists will be displaying their work in a show financially supported by Anglia Ruskin University’s Arts Council. Courses include: Computer Games Art, Fashion Design, Film & Television Production, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Illustration and Animation, Interior Design, and Photography.
8-16 June, Ruskin Gallery, East Road, Cambridgeshire, CB1 1PT.
Wolverhampton School of Art
Over 300 students across 16 BA (Hons) and BDes (Hons) courses will be displaying their work, embracing the areas of applied arts, digital media, fashion and textiles, fine art, graphic communication, illustration, interior design, photography and product design.
9-20 June, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1LY.
Plymouth College of Art
Highlighting work from students across the college’s undergraduate programmes, this summer’s Plymouth College of Art Degree Shows takes place across three buildings, four floors and more than 20 exhibition spaces. There will be artwork available to purchase, plus film screenings and live presentations running throughout the show schedule. Includes a ‘Fashion Showcase’, taking place in the college’s maker space The Warehouse on 7 June at 8pm, and a Media Showcase at Vue Cinema on 7 June at 4pm.
8-21 June, Tavistock Place, Plymouth, PL4 8AT.
Royal Academy of Arts
13 artists transform their studio space to present new work as they complete three years of postgraduate study at the Royal Academy Schools. The show will include work spanning a broad range of media and representing the diverse perspective of graduating artists.
8 June – 1 July, Burlington House, London, W1J 0BD.
Leeds College of Art, Leeds Arts University
This show will see Leeds Arts University’s buildings transformed into large-scale exhibition spaces, giving visitors the opportunity to view the latest work from its degree courses. There will also be the opportunity to purchase prints, cards, stationery and artwork at the Art Market.
9-14 June, Blenheim Walk, Leeds, LS2 9AQ.
University of Northampton
Final-year students from across the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology will be showcasing work they have been working towards throughout their time at university. Courses include BA Fine Art, BA Painting and Drawing. In addition, at the private view on 8 June there will be an awards presentation to final-year students and a musical performance from students from the Popular Music course.
PV 8 June, 9-15 June, Avenue Gallery, University of Northampton, St George’s Avenue, Northampton, NN2 6JD.
Bath School of Art and Design
Bath’s annual degree show features work from its various courses, including: Contemporary Arts Practice, Creative Arts, Fashion Design, Fine Art, Graphic Communication, Photography, Textiles for Fashion & Interiors, Three-Dimensional Design, FdA Fashion & Textiles Design Skills.
PV 8 June, 9-17 June, Sion Hill, Lansdown, Bath, BA1 5SF.
Hereford College of Arts
Entitled ‘Synthesis’, Hereford College of Arts’ summer shows feature a variety of different work, plus music and performances.
BA, 9-16 June, MA, 23-27 June, College Road Campus, Hereford, HR1 1EB.
A showcase of work by final-year Fine Art, Graphic Communication and Illustration, and Textiles students, including an exhibition by Art and Design Foundation students.
9-17 June, Epinal Way, Loughborough, LE11 3TU.
This bumper show, titled ‘Show and Tell’, features the work of 250 students graduating from the BA (Hons) Awards within Art & Design and Media. It will also be opened by ceramicist Keith Brymer Jones, who was recently seen as a judge on BBC 2’s The Great Pottery Throw Down.
9-16 June, College Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2DE.
Manchester School of Art
Another large exhibition, this year’s Manchester School of Art degree shows will feature over 1,000 graduating students from across architecture, art, design and media courses from ceramics to sculpture, fashion to filmmaking, and textiles to typography.
PV 8 June, 9-20 June, Manchester School of Art, Benzie, Grosvenor and Chatham Buildings, Cavendish Street, M15 6BR and 99 Oxford Road, Old Manchester Met SU, M1 7EL.
Sheffield Institute of Arts, Sheffield Hallam University
The Sheffield Institute of Arts 2018 summer shows include work from students in animation, architecture (15-28 June), art and design research PhD, digital media production, fashion design, fashion management and communication, film and media production, fine art, games design, graphic design, illustration, interior design, jewellery and metalwork, photography, product design and furniture design.
PV 8 June, 9-22 June, Fitzalan Square, Sheffield, S1 2AY.
Birmingham City University
Entitled ‘The Inspired Festival’, this show features Birmingham School of Art courses including: BA (Hons) Art and Design and BA (Hons) Fine Art, plus Visual Communications, Jewellery, Fashion and Textiles, and more.
11 – 17 June, 82-86 Vittoria St, Birmingham, B1 3PA.
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Now published: a-n Degree Shows Guide 2018
New site resource
The magazine-style guide is hosted on a brand new digital resource at www.a-n.co.uk/degree-shows with additional features including:
- An interactive map and expanded listings to help you find a show near you
- Longer reads including an interview with Goldsmiths graduate Rehana Zaman in which she discusses the importance of people from less privileged communities having access to art education
- Further degree shows insights from this year’s graduating students
- All the latest news and views from the degree shows as they happen including highlights of a-n Instagram takeover coverage
- New graduate resources. These will be added as degree season progresses and our focus shifts to supporting graduating students to sustain practice and explore options after study.
a-n Degree Shows Guide 2018 is available on a-n.co.uk/degree-shows alongside more news, views and pictures from this year’s shows.
You can view on Issuu here or join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #andegrees18.
1. ACE, Degree Show, Student work, 2017. Courtesy; UWE Bristol. Photo: Dave Pratt Photography
2. Slade School of Fine Art, UCL. Courtesy: Slade School of Fine Art. Photo: Mick Farrell
3. Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University, degree show 2017. Photo: Brand Anonymous
4. WLV Degree Show 2018
5. Photography by Hannah Ball, 2018, graduating student, BA (Hons) Fine Art