Arts Degree Show

A solar-powered bamboo radio; a coat stand inspired by Salvador Dali; a paracetamol-infused jam; and a giant man/ant hybrid will all go on public display this month as part of the annual University of Plymouth Arts Degree Show.

The event is a showcase for final year students in the Faculty of Arts, and covers work from a variety of disciplines, such as architecture, 3D design, fine art, illustration, photography, digital art and technology, music and theatre and performance.

Andrew Coghill, a third year product design student, will be displaying his innovative 'Parajam' and 'Penicine' prototypes that recently earned him a national award from the Royal Society of Arts. The devices enable people to more easily and naturally take medicine by chewing a pen or spreading jam on a piece of toast.

Alongside Andrew will be fellow designer Becky Barber, who has unveiled a remarkable solar-powered radio constructed from Madagascan bamboo. Becky, who scooped an award at the recent regional Business Ideas Challenge, is hoping it will provide a springboard into a social enterprise project, working with aid organisations in the poverty-stricken country.

Colin Searls, Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning, and part of the organising committee for the event, said: "The Arts Degree show is a key event for all who are interested in where art and design is moving to, and it is a great opportunity to see the work of up-and-coming, emergent practitioners on the cusp of their professional careers. They are full of fresh and challenging ideas and are in the process of launching themselves into a range of professional roles."

The Arts Degree Show caters for all tastes, including the surreal. Salvador Dali may well have approved of Laura Pickering's giant ant installation, which has until recently been on display at Plymouth railway station. And then there is Lorna Wilby's coat stand called 'Strange Behaviour', which actually was inspired by Dali, and which won the Made in Britain furniture category at the New Design Britain competition in January.

And there are also many examples of work that have been inspired by, or actually used for, social and commercial purposes in the South West. Among them are some of the designs from Graphic Communication with Typography students Luke Sully, Adam Spink and Calum Crease who have all been working with Plymouth City Council on the rebranding of the City.

David Coslett, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Pro Vice-Chancellor, said: "Eagerly awaited each year, the Arts Degree Show is now a high point in the University calendar. Showcasing a broad range of work in art, design, media and architecture, it's an occasion where we celebrate the achievements of our students and pay tribute to the work of our staff who have supported them.

"The University works hard to maintain its reputation as one of the top providers of art and design education in the UK - the work on show from this year's graduates is particularly strong and I warmly congratulate everyone involved. We really are seeing here many of tomorrow's leaders and innovators in art and design practice - I am sure it will receive a great response from visitors."

The Arts Degree Show runs from Saturday 12 to Thursday 24 June, in the Roland Levinsky Building and Scott Building on the campus, and at Royal William Yard, and is open to the public from 10.00am to 6.00pm.

Note: part of Universities Week

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