This year the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries Graduate Show took place on June 2nd, and saw Eldon host exhibitions and performances of work from students across courses.
The Graduate Show offers students, families, creative professionals and members of the public the opportunity to enjoy the hard work of our students across their university careers. With nearly 2300 guests throughout the evening, the Show celebrated the work of students across all 4 schools in the CCI Faculty – Architecture, Art and Design, Creative Technologies and Media and Performing Arts.
With a Creative Industries and Partners Pre-Event taking place in the hour before the Graduate Show, our Creative Careers Centre were invited to celebrate and showcase their work in assisting students with creative placement years, internships, and work experience. They revealed a newly commissioned animation by final year animation students and presented placement profiles. The Pre-Event took place in Eldon café, which played music by BSc (Hons) Music Sound and Technology students throughout the evening.
The public show began promptly at 5pm with bagpipes by University of Portsmouth alumnus Larry Cunningham, who began playing outside Eldon Building and moved into the courtyard. The Courtyard Stage hosted musician Becky Jerams and the band Sombulance across the evening, with a refreshing mix of original songs and popular covers, alongside performances from BA (Hons) Drama and Performance and BA (Hons) Musical Theatre students, and a performance of Any Change by student-led Hushed Nation.
Any Change featured characters based on the testimonies of the homeless community in the city of Portsmouth and the society of St James, and aims to highlight and challenge assumptions that surround homelessness by using verbatim theatre, puppetry and live foley.
Course exhibitions were spread throughout Eldon featuring many creative disciplines as well as a glimpse of CCI’s Stina and the Wolf – a feature length animated film being developed by University of Portsmouth staff and students.
Earlier in the day, BSc (Hons) Television and Broadcasting students visited the Mary Rose Museum to live stream 3 films about the famous ship (see them here) broadcast on the CCI TV website and to the Big Screen Portsmouth. A short highlights film of the three programmes is shown below.
There were over twenty exhibitions across the site from Graphic Design, Photography, Sound & Music Technology, Film Production to Animation, Games, Illustration and Architecture to name a few – visit the Graduate Show website (designed by Theresa Bassey-Effiok) for a full list of courses on display.
— Namaganda Ritah (@anastacia412) June 8, 2017
— Laura Ashworth (@lau_ashworth) June 2, 2017
Graphic Design student Chloe Hunt actually designed the identity for the Graduate Show this year! See what she has to say about the work here.
Working alongside Chloe, this year’s Graduate Show T-Shirts were printed by Jo Linkins here at the University.
— Joanne Linkins (@joannelinkins) May 8, 2017
— Joanne Linkins (@joannelinkins) May 8, 2017
Motion Capture and Virtual Reality demonstrations were available in the Social Learning Space on the ground floor, allowing the public to witness motion capture and don a VR helmet to fight one of the figures – a new experience for many.
This year’s Guildhall Graduate Show Award was won by photography student Saesha Ward who will be exhibiting at Portsmouth Guildhall throughout Summer. Mersey Paradise explores whether portraiture can reflect the intimacy of a friendship between photographer and subject – to find out more, check out the event.
The Architecture and Art and Design shows remained open the following week, while Tritsch Tratsch, a 360 degree film shot to showcase the work of our BA (Hons) Fashion and Textiles students, was shown at London’s Graduate Fashion Week!
The project brought together fashion designers, performers, choreographers, film and media professionals and more – you can find out more about the making of Tritsch Tratsch in this short documentary or see our UoP News update here.
The next stage is for the students to showcase their work at London Shows, including Illustration at New Designers, Graphic Design at the D&AD New Blood Festival and Photography at Menier Gallery (Transient), as well as Film Production at the British Film Institute (BFI) and the Actors and Singers Showcase at Camden People’s Theatre by students of Drama and Performance and Musical Theatre.
As well as this, Express FM – Portsmouth’s local radio station which resides in Eldon Building – broadcast the show live throughout the evening. Check out the interviews with some of our graduates and lecturers at our CCI Graduate Show website, including and interview with the Deputy Lord Mayor!
Listen to the first interviews with Architecture student Callum Gurden and Illustration students Daniella Hackett & Bethia Wentworth below!
We would like to wish all of our graduates this year the best of luck in the future, and hope they keep creating and enjoying more of the magnificent work we showcased this year.
Check out the UoP News release about the CCI Graduate Show here.
— Dan McCabe (@danmccabe_uk) June 2, 2017
— Bobby Mehta (@bmehtaUK) June 2, 2017