Art and design expo gives insight into the future

Selected work from hundreds of postgraduate students at Nottingham Trent University who have pushed the boundaries of art and design will be shown in the city – giving visitors a glimpse into the future potential of creative practice.

his exposition promises to give visitors an opportunity to see the fascinating research which could influence their own lives down the line.

Marjolijn Brussaard, Dean of the School of Art & Design

Selected work from hundreds of postgraduate students at Nottingham Trent University who have pushed the boundaries of art and design will be shown in the city – giving visitors a glimpse into the future potential of creative practice.

Throughout September, postgraduate students from the School of Art & Design will be exhibiting their innovative ideas and bold creations in several events.

The postgraduate expo, called Making the Future, opens at the University's Bonington Gallery today and runs until 3 October. The curated show of work is open to the public for free.

Knitwear designed to create the illusion of the "ideal" male figure on the over 50's man, photographs revealing the hidden nature of hypermobility syndrome and fine art created from sound are among the projects by master’s degree students being showcased.

Dean of the School of Art & Design, Marjolijn Brussaard, said: "This exhibition is part of our year-long celebration of 170 years of art and design history here at Nottingham Trent University. Throughout the year, our focus has not only been on celebrating the past but on demonstrating how our academics and students are influencing the future of art and design. This exposition, as its name suggests, promises to give visitors an opportunity to see first-hand the fascinating research and cutting edge ideas which could well influence their own lives down the line."

Exhibiting her work is Amy-Fern Nuttall who used her master's degree to explore Hypermobility Syndrome – a condition which means joints can easily move beyond the normal range and can cause pain.

Amy-Fern, said: "My intention was to use my knowledge of photography in order to explore and survey volunteers diagnosed with Hypermobility Syndrome. Through a mixture of photographs and interviews I wanted to show the human face of the condition, which is so often consigned to text about genetics and diagnostic techniques."

Also exhibiting is Emily Bradshaw whose fashion knitwear research led her to conclude there was a gap in the fashion market for the older male. She developed a prototype and collection of knitwear which contours and enhances the over 50 male physique to make them appear slimmer and create the illusion of the idealised 'V' shape.

"My work was hugely inspired by corsetry and female slim wear and how the construction and textile structures within these are used to contour the body," said Emily, whose project is called 'Adonis v Zeus'. In the University’s Waverley Building, students who have focused on International Fashion Business will be opening up their portfolios.

Also preparing to detonate an explosion of blossoming creative talent in Cobden Chambers are nearly 40 students who are completing master's degrees exploring the marketing, communication and business and marketing side of the fashion industry.

They have arranged "Let it Bloomb" – a showcase of their work which will be held at the Ideas on Paper shop in Cobden Chambers in the heart of Nottingham's Creative Quarter.

This event will be opened at a celebration evening on September 22 in conjunction with a food reception of VIP guests at the Wired cafe. The students' work will be on show to the public in Ideas on Paper from 23 September to 2 October.

Entertaining guests on the opening night of Let it Bloomb will be Zhao Xiao, also known as Dora who will be playing violin. Originally trained as a classical musician, she decided to pursue her interest in fashion marketing by doing a master's degree at Nottingham Trent University. Her project, which focused on the use of social media to promote fashion brands, resulted in her being hired by the Chinese Daily Newspaper Nouvelles D'Europe's London office, to set up their social media platforms.

Also on show at Ideas on Paper will be the dissertation of Anzu Suzuki, 23, who came to Nottingham Trent University on the Paul Smith scholarship programme – a scheme exclusive to the University's School of Art & Design which sees a collaboration between the School, internationally renowned Nottingham designer Paul Smith, and Japan's most respected university and fashion college, Musashino Art University. It offers the opportunity for Japanese and UK students to enrich their study experience through international exchange.

Anzu was inspired by the popularity of Japanese animation and its increasing use for advertising purposes by fashion companies.

She said: "What I found is companies were creating their own characters for their brand but they didn't know how to use that character properly. My project is to give an indication of how to use the character in that fashion brand."

  • Notes for editors

    Press enquiries please contact Kirsty Green, Press and Public Affairs Manager, on telephone +44 (0)115 848 8799, or via email.

    A private view of the Making the Future show will be held on 24 September, Bonington Gallery from 5pm to 8pm. Interview/filming opportunities will be available.

Art and design expo gives insight into the future

Published on 15 September 2014
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