After another successful academic year within the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, our annual Graduate Show reflects the hard work from both students and staff with a bold 2800 guests at the celebratory evening.
The Show kicked off at 5pm on Friday 27th May in Eldon building with a VIP networking event an hour before. In an exciting addition to this, an architectural structure organised by the School of Architecture and Portsmouth City Council in collaboration with the local community, ‘#IHeartPompey‘, was unveiled at 3.30pm on the same day. A street band formed by Senior Lecturer in Drama and Performance, Matt Smith, highlighted the unveiling on the corner of Guildhall Walk. The structure hopes to remain in place for several weeks for those who were unable to see it at the unveiling.
Over the road in the White Swan building various performances such as a cabaret night, musical theatre productions and African drumming took place as well as workshops in swing and dance, and zumba as part of this year’s Unifest 2016.
Back in Eldon building, Jane Chandler, Associate Dean of Academics, proudly welcomed the VIP guests including the Lord Mayor and lady Mayor of Portsmouth and Industry Professionals to the show. Enterprise and Innovation Ambassadors, Joshua Herbert and Georgia Tolley discussed their recent projects including the Fashion Hack (which will now be included in Fashion and Textile Design students’ CAP period timetable) as part of their research and innovation project, Innovolvement.
Singers from Portsmouth Gospel Choir Society commenced the show at 5pm singing three breathtaking songs capturing both VIP and the public’s attention. Throughout the evening we had performances from a local alumni band, The Boy I Used To Be, and student band, Only Sun. There was also an inspiring fashion show organised by Fashion and Textile Design students exhibiting the graduating students’ creative works including a wedding dress collection and swimwear. Later in the evening, Musical Theatre students performed ‘Time Warp’ from the Rocky Horror Show followed by an original song written by graduating student Lara McDowell and performed by the cast of Love and Kisses from Omah. The night concluded with a final performance from The Boy I Used To Be at 8pm.
Alongside the performances, Eldon building transformed into a giant exhibition space of graduating students’ work including Photography, Illustration and MA Fine Art exhibitions as well as Motion Capture demonstrations and three one hour live broadcasts from CCITV taking place in the Eldon hub. Creative Writing students offered reading sessions of their work on the first floor including poetry readings and Film Production students screened their films in one of building’s screening theatres. Graphic Design students exhibited their work in the basement and, in addition to the fashion show, Fashion and Textile Design students had an exhibition in their working space. In the School of Creative Technologies, Computer Animation, Computer Games and Animation exhibited their final projects as well as the latest updates from the Stina and the Wolf project. BA (Hons) Architecture and Masters in Architecture including Interior Design, Sustainable Architecture and Urban Design took over the second and third floor with brilliant displays and detailed models.
The evening was a great success and for those who were unable to attend the preview night, student exhibitions stayed open for the duration of the following week (concluded on Friday 3rd June). Every student, lecturer and supporting staff member involved in the show should feel very proud of what they have accomplished and on behalf of CCI we would like to congratulate them all on their hard work which paid off triumphantly at our best show yet.