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Spectacular Norwich art show is ready to go

PUBLISHED: 16:00 12 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:14 01 July 2010

Philip Haynes, whose work was featured in last year's end of year show at the Norwich University College of the Arts

Philip Haynes, whose work was featured in last year's end of year show at the Norwich University College of the Arts

Steve Downes

A taste of Norwich and Norfolk's creative future will go on show at an eagerly-awaited exhibition in the city later this month.

Students at the end of their final year at Norwich University College of the Arts (Nuca) are putting the finishing touches to their displays at the end of year show, which runs from June 23-29.

A taste of Norwich and Norfolk's creative future will go on show at an eagerly-awaited exhibition in the city later this month.

Students at the end of their final year at Norwich University College of the Arts (Nuca) are putting the finishing touches to their displays at the end of year show, which runs from June 23-29.

The show is critically important to the students, for some of whom it will lead to job offers, future exhibitions, and income from the sale of work.

In recent years, headhunters have descended on the exhibition at the St Georges Street university college from a host of top London design agencies, scouting for new talent to work with them.

They service big brands including Barclays, Sainsbury, Stella Artois, Coca-Cola, Disney and Hovis.

The 2010 degree shows will take up much of the St Georges' Street campus, with thousands of members of the public set to attend throughout the week. Entry is free, with the doors open between 10am and 4pm each day.

The shows are a bridge between student and professional life, according to fine arts course leader Carl Rowe.

He said: “The exhibitions are incredibly important for our students. Exhibiting in a public context such as this is a test of their professional awareness skills that are taught throughout the course.

“Many students will sell their work at the event, while others will receive job offers, exhibitions in galleries or commissions.”

Work on show will range from well established courses in fine art, textiles, graphic design, illustration and photography, to intriguing avenues of creative endeavour covered by visual studies, graphic communication, creative writing and surface design.

There will also be work from leading edge courses in the realms of digital media such as games art and design, film and video, design for publishing and animation.

Nuca principal Prof John Last said: “The degree shows mark the culmination of three years' study and practical application from our students.

“They offer a fascinating insight into the creative drives propelling the newest generation of creatives entering the world of work.”

Nuca is an independent higher education institution within the university sector that has been established in a number of different guises for 165 years.

For more information, visit www.nuca.ac.uk.

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