Art is often described as harnessing imagination to create new ideas.
Such a spirit of enterprise is at the heart of our postgraduate programmes, which launch their Masters Degree Show tomorrow (Thursday, 12 November 2020).
Around 40 students will exhibit their ideas from MA courses in Fine Art, Graphic Art and Illustration, Art in Science, Fashion Innovation and Realisation and Exhibition Studies.
“The real world practice that our postgraduate students excel at really shines through in their shows,” asserts John Byrne, Reader at Liverpool School of Art and Design.
“This is art and design with practical application, often to challenge or tackle real world problems and it makes our graduates very employable.”
Fashion Design and Innovation graduate Josh Marriott offers a great example. His ‘Wardrobe Locker’ is a new retail concept, which offers a solution to expensive and wasteful returns. Designed to bridge the gap between ecommerce and in-store, the Locker is an evolution of the self-service technology that we see today.
Consumers opt to have their online purchase delivered to the nearest locker, where they can try it on, with the option of instant return if their purchase was deemed unfit.
Josh has been supported by the LJMU Centre for Entrepreneurship and is already in talks with potential investors.
Alex Nicholson, MA Art in Science, has created a ‘park-ive’ – an archive of interactions between communities and their green spaces, which promotes and encourages use of parks, fields and woodlands in the Wirral.
Evie Holmes, also Art in Science, has teamed up with endocrinologist José Areta to create an animation called ‘Why is it so hard to lose weight?’ Evie comments: “Animated infographics and other visual communication formats are becoming recognisably successful in their ability to explain scientific information to the public.”
Work as a team
Collaboration with experts and practitioners is actively encouraged by the School, not least via the Collaborative Practice Module, which gives students the opportunity to work as a team to tackle real world projects that they wouldn’t be able to take up on their own.
Anastasia Vavilova, Beth Jones and Izzy Merri completed a project at Tate Liverpool, organized by recent MA Exhibition Studies student Adi Lerer, to work on an adult learning pilot project for refugees and asylum seekers in the city.
Check out their work when the 2020 Liverpool School of Art and Design MA Online Degree Show goes live at 6pm on Thursday. A short launch ceremony will feature a talk from Alistair Hudson, director of Whitworth and Manchester Art Galleries.
- For more about Josh Marriott's Wardrobe Locker, see our Features.