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Students from a range of master’s programmes at Solent University are thrilled to celebrate their work in an end of year virtual showcase.

5th October 2020
Art and design

Students from a range of master’s programmes at Solent University are thrilled to celebrate their work in an end of year virtual showcase.

The showcase sponsored by IBM’s Design Studio presents work from MA Creative Direction for Fashion and Beauty, MA Critical Creative Practice and MA Visual Communication, and is the beginning of new creative journeys for students.

Associate Professor and Head of Postgraduate Provision, Jennifer Anyan said "It's been a year of real challenge for our MA students who completed half of their 12-month Master's courses remotely after the covid-19 virus swept the globe. This virtual show is a really special celebration of their creativity, their tenacity, and their flexibility.

The outcomes here demonstrate a breadth of talent, skills and ideas; some projects like Jan Pavelka's beautiful portraits and Gemma Sansom's witty fashion film respond directly to the changing circumstances we lived in through lockdown. Others like Kelly Barker's tactile project showing garments that reflect on a life journey reminds us that despite the strange year we're having, projects and lives continue. I'm extremely proud of this graduating cohort of students, they have been unerringly positive, and I look forward to seeing them grow, flourish, and move onto their next adventures."

Dr Jessica Holtaway, lecturer in Visual Communication said of the showcase "The MA programmes featured in the exhibition provide rich creative environments in which students are able to refine and develop their practice, gaining the skills and confidence to carve out new spaces within cultural discourses. The exhibition provides fresh critical perspectives on topics including ageism, ancestry, heritage, yoga practice, identity, paganism and poetry, to name just a few.

This year, more than ever, students have shown versatility, optimism and self-assurance. The virtual exhibition celebrates their hard work throughout a challenging year, but it also marks the turning of a page onto a new chapter of their lives."

View the online exhibition here. 

Final major project image by an MA student showing a member of Ikea staff in a face mask
Final major project by an MA student - show mannequins draped in string lights