Art showcase launched at Leeds Met 12th June 2012
The event officially launched on Friday 8 June at the University's Broadcasting Place in Woodhouse Lane, Leeds and will continue until June 15.
Rebekka Kill, Head of School for Art, Architecture and Design (AAD) at Leeds Metropolitan, said the annual degree show was a culmination of the work of final year students, andis open to the public for the duration.
"The AAD degree show really is an event not to be missed," commented Rebekka. "The opening was a huge success, it was extremely busy and visitors included friends, family, alumni and regional arts and business organisations - all of whom were very complimentary about the students' work.
"Thereis such a diverse range of creative work on display. The show is not only a fantastic platform for our students and their friends and families to celebrate their achievements, but it is also a chance for industry professionals to visit our city campus and experience first hand the wealth of talentwe have here at Leeds Met. We are very proud of all the hard work our students and staff have put in. The show is a real celebration of our success."
The degree show includes work from undergraduates from courses including architecture, landscape architecture, garden art, interior architecture and design, design, fine art, contemporary art practices and graphic art and design.
Rebekka added that for the first time, this year Leeds Metropolitan internship students had led their own project in the build-up to the degree show, called 9 Boxes - where boxes were strategically placed around Leeds city centre for members of the public to find. Those who locate themwere then invited to a private event on Wednesday 9 June, where they claimed a prize and were also given a guided tour of the degree show by Rebekka.
"9 Boxes is not about trying to get more people to attend the degree show," explained Rebekka. "It's about building a better digital depth and breadth of public engagement. The students - who have led the entire 9 Boxes project have been blogging and tweeting throughout and have created a real buzz about it on Twitter."
Gayle Appleyard, Co-ordinator and Module Leader for BA Hons Interior Architecture and Design, added: "Our undergraduates are renowned for individuality, creativity and a holistic appreciation of the architectural environment and expertise in the sustainable conversion and re-animation of existing spaces.
"Projects this year are incredibly diverse, conceptually considered and intellectually interrogative. One of our students Andrew Herbert has considered an architectural reproach, designing a memorial to societies forgotten, addressing their life post-mortem in a former light-house on the Scottish borders. While his fellow student Emma Green hasremodelledthe former pilotage building in Liverpool's Canning Dock to provide a new home for Resurrection Liverpool - raising the lost stories of the shipwrecks out in Liverpool Bay."