Art and Design Summer Show to mark 175 years of NTU

The annual show – which has a history of featuring students who scoop top awards – will take place across NTU’s flagship buildings on the City Campus.

Fine Art by Darryl Whitworth
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Fine Art by Darryl Whitworth

As Nottingham Trent University celebrates its 175th anniversary, works of more than 1,300 graduating artists and designers will go on public display.

The Art and Design Summer Show 2018 - one of the largest art and design exhibitions in the country – reflects the university’s rich heritage, which dates back to 1843 with the opening of the Nottingham Government School of Design.

The annual show – which has a history of featuring students who scoop top awards – will take place across NTU’s flagship buildings on the City Campus.

It will be open to the public - completely free to attend - between 2 and 10 June, from 10am to 5pm weekdays and 11am to 3pm weekends.

A private viewing for creative industry professionals will take place during the evening of 1 June.

Two days of catwalk shows and a fashion exhibition will take place on 23 and 24 May which will preview more than 100 new collections from emerging fashion, knitwear and accessory designers.

Photography by Molly Eynon
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Photography by Molly Eynon

Barbara Matthews, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Culture) and Head of College of Art, Architecture, Design and Humanities, said: “Art and design has the power to change the world we live in, and the creative skills on which Nottingham Trent University was founded in the mid-19th Century are as important to society today as they were then.

“The Summer Show is a chance to celebrate our influence over the last 175 years and glimpse the future as we display original works from the next generation of creative thinkers, designers and artists.”

Subjects on display will span art installation, sculpture, illustration and painting; graphics, animation and motion graphics; photography and print; fashion, knitwear and textiles; theatre, television and costume design; product innovation and prototypes; and furniture, interiors and architectural design.

NTU alumni who have featured in previous shows include Wolfgang Buttress, Jon Burgerman, Simon Starling, Noble and Webster, Mat Collishaw, Keith Piper, Rob Ryan, director Jonathan Glazer, actor Paul Kaye, comedian Matt Berry, designers Pearce Fionda and All Saints founder Stuart Trevor.

Work in progress can be seen by visiting the online social media hub at www.ntu.ac.uk/degreeshowhub or by using the hashtag #NTUDegreeShow. For all information, booking and tickets, visit www.ntu.ac.uk/degreeshow.

The university's 175 year celebrations come on the back of the institution being named University of the Year 2017 at the Times Higher Education Awards and Modern University of the Year in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

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    About Nottingham Trent University

    Nottingham Trent University was formed by the amalgamation of several separate education institutions, the earliest of which was Nottingham Government School of Design which opened in 1843. In 1970 Trent Polytechnic was formed and in 1975, it merged with Nottingham College of Education with the official name changed to Nottingham Polytechnic in 1988. In 1992 the institution officially became Nottingham Trent University, and continued to expand in order to deliver innovative, high quality education, and undertake research. This approach continued as Brackenhurst College merged with Nottingham Trent in 1999, and more recently in 2015, when Nottingham Trent became the parent company of Confetti Media Group.

    Nottingham Trent University was named University of the Year 2017 at the Times Higher Education Awards and Modern University of the Year in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. The award recognises NTU for its strong student satisfaction, quality of teaching, overall student experience and engagement with employers.

    Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has been awarded the highest, gold, rating in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework for its outstanding teaching and learning.

    NTU is one of the largest UK universities with nearly 28,000 students and more than 3,500 staff across four campuses, contributing £496m to the UK economy every year. It is one of the most environmentally-friendly universities, containing some of the country’s most inspiring and efficient award-winning buildings.

    The University is passionate about creating opportunities and its extensive outreach programme is designed to enable Nottingham Trent to be a vehicle for social mobility. NTU is the sixth biggest recruiter of students from disadvantaged backgrounds in the country and 95.6% of its graduates go on to employment or further education within six months of leaving.

    NTU is home to world-class research, winning The Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2015 - the highest national honour for a UK university. It recognised the University’s pioneering projects to improve weapons and explosives detection in luggage, enable safer production of powdered infant formula and combat food fraud.

    With an international student population of approximately 2,600 from around 100 countries, the University prides itself on its global outlook.

Art and Design Summer Show to mark 175 years of NTU

Published on 22 May 2018
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