Twenty Korean design academics exhibit at NTU’s School of Art & Design

On Thursday 2 February 2017, twenty design academics from South Korea visited Nottingham Trent University’s (NTU) City Campus for a joint exhibition with Graphic Design staff and students from the School of Art & Design.

On Thursday 2 February 2017, twenty design academics from South Korea visited Nottingham Trent University’s (NTU) City Campus for a joint exhibition with Graphic Design staff and students from the School of Art & Design. 

The exhibition was themed Future Trends in Visual Communication Design and celebrated the diverse work produced in the UK and Korea, reinforced by a symposium the following day where the topic was explored in depth. A fascinating keynote speech was delivered by NTU’s alumnus and honorary doctor, fine artist Wolfgang Buttress, on his Hive sculpture project, which was followed by contributions from both the UK and Korean attendees. 

The event was initiated by a visiting professor from Paekche Institute of Arts, Wi Seong Ho, who spent the last five months in residence at NTU observing teaching and research practices. He is the Vice President for the Korean Institute of Cultural Produce and Design (KICD) to which the exhibitors belong, and expressed a desire to bring his associates to Nottingham to witness NTU’s brand of design education first hand. 

KICD has 640 members from 150 universities and colleges in South Korea, some of which NTU is exploring collaboration with to develop the School of Art & Design’s international network of academic partners. Following the exhibition, three prizes were awarded to participating students for their work. Millie Franklin was awarded gold for her typographical work investigating legacy stories of lace production in Nottingham. 

Professor Lei Cox, Head of Visual Communication said: “This has been a great example of how design principles, theories, and ideas crosses borders, languages, and cultures to bring people together in shared curiosity. The exhibition attracted a great deal of attention from our staff and students, and the symposium explored some fascinating developments in visual communication. We have made a wonderful group of friends in Korea and will continue to explore ways to work with them.”

Twenty Korean design academics exhibit at NTU’s School of Art & Design

Published on 7 February 2017
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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