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Students launch first virtual festival to showcase end of year projects


Students have collaborated to launch Leeds Beckett University’s first ever virtual festival in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Art & Design, Architecture, Creative Technology, Fashion, Film, Music & Sound and Performance students from the Leeds School of Arts at LBU will showcase their end of year projects at the online event next week.

The LSA festival was conceived after the cancellation of the usual degree show due to the Covid-19 outbreak, meaning students had to find an alternative way to celebrate their end of year projects.

It’s expected that friends and families, prospective students, and industry leaders will attend the virtual festival which launches at 18:00 on Thursday 16 July.

At the launch event, graduating students and the Dean of the Leeds School of Arts will also give an insight into what to expect from the festival and the journey the students have taken to get there.

Lisa Stansbie, Dean of the Leeds School of Arts, said:

“I am always immensely proud of the work that both our staff and students produce, but this year I have been astonished at the creativity, innovation and genuinely thought-provoking approaches that our creative graduates have developed in these unprecedented times.

“It is said that in times of crisis creativity flourishes, and it is indeed evident in the fantastic work showcased as part of our festival.”

Work which will be presented at the virtual festival is already being recognised in the industry including that of Poppy Brown who directed Memphis Pete.

The Northern Film School Documentary Specialist has been awarded a place on the prestigious and extremely competitive Grierson Doc Lab for 2020/21.

Students’ work also tackles the divide between social classes and issues affecting people up and down the country such as drug addiction.

Ellen Price created a print design which stem from her research into addiction

Final year Fashion student, Ellen Price, created a print design that can be found repeated throughout her collection. The designs stem from her research into the emotional turmoil of being trapped in addiction after gaining insight volunteering for a local charity in Holbeck.

Digital Journalism student Francesca Tirpak has designed a photobook called Signs of Tenderness which is dedicated to chosen family and platonic love, especially within a circle of Queer people.

Games Design student Matt Cook is also currently working with street wear brands and musicians to bring their visions to life. Some of his clients now include British singer AJ Tracey (the design created is pictured above), streetwear brand founder Anwar Carrots, Brockhampton designer Nick Holiday, and clothing brand Glo Gang Worldwide.

For more information or to buy a free ticket for the launch event, visit https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/leeds-school-of-arts/exhibitions-and-end-of-year-shows/2020-lsa-festival/

To access the festival site after the launch event, visit leedsbeckett.ac.uk/lsafestival.

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