“This is the first in-person show for three years; this one feels big.”
Where do we go from here? It’s a huge question, and one which underpins much contemporary artwork from the past three years. During this time, we have seen radical shifts in the ways that we live, communicate, work and play. Art, design and film, as ever, hold up a mirror to our world – helping us to make sense of big changes. We’re highlighting must-see degree shows for the summer, celebrating graduates from the Class of 2022. Discover those paving the way. You saw them here first.
Norwich University of the Arts Graduate Showcase 2022
Launching 12 July
Authenticity has become paramount in the age of digital marketing, with recent studies showing that the vast majority of consumers (86%) find it important. Shown above is work by Joe Corlito, whose advertising campaign You’re only as old as you feel marries Californian streetwear giant Stussy with automotive market-leader Volkswagen. Five car enthusiasts are styled to match their cars and captured interacting with their vehicles. The resulting images have a natural feel – in line with today’s marketing landscape. Corlito is just one of Norwich University of the Arts’ talents, who are coming together to present new films, photographs and digital portfolios.
Loughborough University School of Design and Creative Arts Degree Show 2022
Physical Degree Show 10-19 June | Online from 7 June
A spirit of experimentation runs throughout Loughborough’s School of Design and Creative Arts Degree Show 2022. This year’s cohort – across courses including textiles, architecture, industrial and user centred design – demonstrate an excitingly fresh approach to creative practice. They’re focusing on tangible, “real world” applications of art and design, which, after two years of life online, feel especially meaningful. Many such innovative projects aim to deliver a positive impact and tackle societal challenges. Shown here is work by Katie Butcher, whose work expresses the connections between humans and their environments.
UWE Bristol Degree Show
10 – 19 June In Person | Online
Emerging talent is at the heart of UWE Bristol’s 2022 Showcase. Unfolding across the internationally renowned Centre of Contemporary Arts, Arnolfini, as well as Bower Ashton and Spike Island, this programme of exhibitions highlights work by 500 graduates from 25 creative courses. Art, design, animation, fashion, media, performance, photography and filmmaking are all featured, spotlighting the sheer breadth of creativity today. Pictured above is work by Ajay Boga, whose MA Graphic Arts project takes shape as an inquiry into the concept of ‘Indianness’, using layering and pattern.
Creative Uprising: UCA Graduate Show
UCA, Farnham, Epsom, Rochester, Canterbury | 9 June – 7 July
The last couple of years have been tumultuous in many ways, not least for the next generation. Graduates from UCA have proven that art is an antidote: a means to make sense of the world around us, and a way to connect. Billed as a “creative uprising,” UCA’s graduate shows fill galleries and open spaces across Farnham, Epsom, Rochester and Canterbury. These innovative presentations showcase emerging talent across a range of disciplines, from gaming, animation and film, to fashion, architecture and design. Amongst them are artists looking at the world differently, like Olivia Cooper, whose image is pictured above.
Our Big Big Big Show 2022
Leeds Arts University | Blenheim Walk and Vernon Street Campuses until 11 June
“This is the first in-person show for three years; this one feels big,” says Guy Parsons, the final year BA (Hons) Illustration student behind Leeds Arts University’s 2022 branding. Titled Our Big Big Big Show 2022, it highlights a dynamic mix of contemporary art, animation, illustration, graphic design, film, fashion, textiles, creative advertising, music, photography and writing. Special events include a fashion catwalk, live concert and Art Market, offering visitors the chance to invest in pieces by new creatives. The above underwater photograph is by Edward Gao; light dances in deep blue water whilst bubbles rises to the surface.
Westminster Degree Shows 2022
Online and On Campus throughout the Summer
“Creativity, passion and hard work” are the driving forces behind University of Westminster’s 2022 Degree Shows. Following the successful launch of an online platform in 2021, the Westminster Degree Shows will return both digitally and in person – showcasing work by, in Professor David Finkelstein’s words, “the problem solvers, the artists, the performers, the musicians, the designers and the thinkers who will engage with, interpret and shape our cultural heritage.” A vast array of genres are on view – from fashion to journalism and music – in shows with thought-provoking titles like Coexist, Zest and Guess Who’s Back?
1. Katie Butcher, Still from 35mm film Here
2. Joe Corlito, BA Fashion Communication and Promotion
3. Katie Butcher, Still from video Sky above you
4. Ajay Boga, MA Graphic Arts, Inquiry into ‘Indianness’ in Graphic Design
5. Find the Light, from A Woman Should © Olivia Cooper, University for the Creative Arts (UCA)
6. Photography by Edward Gao
7. Nostalgia, Hattie Clark.