LJMU kicked off two weeks of stage exhibitions, performances and displays as part of the Liverpool School of Art & Design end of year degree show, an annual highlight for students, staff and friends of the School.
The outstanding variety of work on show have been curated and organised by staff and students from each of the subject areas featured. This year’s show is the seventh to be held in the John Lennon Art and Design building, since the school moved there in 2008
Opening night saw a huge turn-out, a samba band perform, a prize giving ceremony to outstanding students and the opportunity for visitors to see all the exhibitions from all this year’s graduates, including those studying Architecture, Fine Art, Graphic Design and Illustration, and Spatial Design. The night culminated in a professional catwalk show staged by the Fashion BA Hons (Design/Communication) cohort of 2016 who showcased their collections. World renowned hairdresser Andrew Collinge sponsored the fashion show, with his team from Andrew Collinge Graduates working on the models’ hair.
Speaking on the opening night, Professor Caroline Wilkinson, Director of the Liverpool School of Art & Design, said: “This is an annual highlight for the School with today being the culmination of all the students hard work and creative energies, so it’s our role as tutors, family and friends to stand back in awe at this immense achievement. We have a wide and diverse range of exhibitions across the building for everyone to enjoy, and we are immensely proud of our students and the work they’ve produced this year.”
Lesley Peacock, BA (Hons) Fashion Programme Leader, commented: “This year’s collections highlight the breadth of styles undertaken by students studying on the Fashion BA Hons programme at Liverpool John Moores University. The course is known for encouraging students to create their own handwriting when creating their work and this year will highlight a rich and varied range of styles for mens and womenswear. Research is drawn from a broad range of concepts to create unique collections from sports lux to eveningwear with print, embellishment and forward thinking trends for shape and form.”
Prizes were also given to outstanding students, among which were Amy McSavaney, Raphaella Davies and Bertie King who all won partnership award prizes, giving them 8 hours of mentoring from each of the three directors from LJMU partners Liverpool Biennial, FACT and Tate Liverpool. While Dominica Chisca won the RIBA North award.
Fashion graduates from last year’s cohort have secured jobs in the fashion industry working with companies and brands such as, AllSaints, Misguided, Zone Two PR London, His & Hers magazine, Marketing Flannels, Cruise, USC, BooHoo as well as progressing to post graduate study.
The Fashion BA course publication 'Un_Fold' created by the communication students won the Drapers Best Publication Award at Graduate Fashion Week last year (2015) competing against 50 other Fashion Institutions.
Open exhibitions will be on at the John Lennon Art and Design Building, from Friday 27 May until Friday 10 June, with the work of all of this year’s graduates from the University’s School of Art and Design, including graduates of Architecture, Fine Art, Graphic Design and Illustration, Spatial Design, as well as Fashion (Communication) and Fashion (Design). This is free to attend and will be open from 10am to 6pm on week days and from 12pm to 6pm at weekends. No booking is required.
Full list of prize winners:
Susan Dunthorne Travel awards:
• Gemma Chapman
• Sarah Graham
• Helen Parry
• Kalina Zlatkova
Susan Cotton Travel Awards:
• Fleur Ellis
• Amy Baldwin
• Gemma Chapman
• Adam Dwyer
Faculty Travel Bursaries:
• Charlotte McCann
• Adam Hardman
• Grace Robinson
• Lauren Larmour
RIBA President’s Medal Nominations:
• Silver – Hugh Harran and Christopher wells
• Bronze – Asher Bourne and Callum Cherry
• Dissertation – Harry Foster
Clare Wrigley Lighting Prize (Architecture) – Aadil Khan
Spatial Design Most Improved Student Award – Amy Jones
Cass Art Award for original artwork (across the whole Degree Show) – Lowri Evans (Graphic Design & Illustration)
Fine Art Polyresidency prizes at Royal Standard – Lucy Moxton, Ryan Watkins and Dan Smyth
Fine Art Polyresidency prizes at Royal Standard – Philippa Hulse
Fine Art Polyresidency prizes at Crown Building – Raphaella Davies, Benjamin Nuttal and Devon Forrester-Jones
Partner Awards from FACT, Tate and Biennial to Fine Art students (mentoring from all 3 Artistic Directors) – Raphaella Davies, Bertie King and Amy McSavaney
RIBA North Award – Dominica Chisca