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Graduate Exhibitions at Spike Island and Arnolfini

UWE Showcase Billboard

The work of this year’s graduates from UWE Bristol’s creative arts programmes is being celebrated and shared with the public in an engaging series of online and in-person events taking place this summer.

More than 400 graduates from 25 creative programmes across art, design, animation, fashion, media, performance, photography and filmmaking are graduating from UWE Bristol this year with the campaign spotlighting their finest creative works across the city of Bristol and beyond.

A Graduate Showcase Exhibition featuring prints from more than 360 graduates and 2020 alumni will take place at Spike Island, Bristol, on selected dates from 16-27 June.The exhibition is free and open to the public although booking is essential.

To compliment the Spike Exhibition a moving-image showreel featuring work from more than 20 programmes will be screening at Arnolfini from 25 June-4 July 2021.

Graduates’ work will also be visible across the streets of Bristol as part of a city-wide poster campaign that will run for four weeks in June and July, featuring the work of 25 creative practitioners and more than 40 sites around Bristol. UWE Showcase billboard featuring work from Maya Bond-Webster and Floyd Panizales (Media & Cultural Production), Isabella Chung (Fine Art), and Maria Meco (Photography), pictured above.

Alongside these physical events is UWE Bristol’s Showcase 2021,, a digital platform displaying the works of hundreds of recent graduates. Built in collaboration with Rhombus Studio, the site offers graduates the opportunity to share their practice with a global audience and features a range of visual and moving image artworks including photography, animation and film.

Head of School of Art & Design at UWE Bristol, Jacqueline Butler, said: ‘‘We are delighted to share and celebrate the achievements of our 2021 graduates who have continued to produce impressive and inspiring work during a very challenging time for the UK and the world. Our planned activities and digital Showcase are wonderful opportunities for the public to engage with and enjoy the incredible talent of Bristol’s emerging artists while also helping our resilient graduates and recent alumni through the early stages of their professional careers.’’

It has been a bumper year for the creative arts programmes at UWE Bristol with recent graduates having won a multitude of awards and accolades across a range of disciplines. Some of the many highlights include:

  • First place positions at the Royal Society of Arts Student Awards (BA Graphic Design)
  • Awards for Best Cinematography, Overall Film, Dreams Brief and McVitie’s Brief in the NAHEMI Kodak Student Film Awards (BA Filmmaking)
  • Shortlisted for RTS Student Television Awards (MA Wildlife Filmmaking and BA Animation)
  • Finalists in Graduate Fashion Foundation Awards (BA Fashion Communication and BA Fashion Textiles)
  • Shortlisted for the Palm Photo Prize (MA Photography)
  • A commission by BBC New Creatives (BA Fine Art)
  • Best Student Feature at the Charles Parker Prize (MA Journalism)
  • Best Climate Emergency Film at the Arts and Humanities Research Council Awards (PhD Research)

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