UCG shows off its Creative Collective

Students from BA (Hons) Creative and Interactive Design pictured with Programme Leader, Darren Capp, and Interim Head of School for Arts and Media, Michelle Swithenbank

Students from University Centre Grimsby’s BA (Hons) Creative and Interactive Design, BA (Hons) Commercial Photography and BA (Hons) Special Effects Make-up Design for TV, Film and Theatre programmes have joined forces for their Degree Show Exhibition ‘Creative Collective’ held at the University Centre Grimsby and Grimsby School of Art.

The event was sponsored by Deepdale Garden Centre, Pipers Crisps Co and Intervino with students inviting guests to view their creative work they have produced during their three year programmes. Sarah Foster, 29, is nearing completion of the BA (Hons) Creative and Interactive Design and hopes to open a shop selling a whole range of products she has designed herself. Sarah said:

“I’m nervous but relieved to be exhibiting. It’s a part of who we are we’re displaying up on the walls and people are judging us on the work that we’ve done. I illustrate all kinds of animals but to keep in the academic side of my work I have stuck with one theme, which is obviously bears. I started off by creating greeting cards from illustrations I’d made using fine liners.

“As a Designer I needed to create a variety of products, I then used my illustrations to decorate different products. I hope to be able to open my own shop selling products, with lots of different animals all illustrated in the same style. It’s taken four years of experimentation and finding the right pen. I chose bears because dogs, cats and bears are the most best-selling greeting cards across the UK and America, because cats and dogs are tailored to a specific audience, I chose bears and then put pants and hats on them to make them a bit unusual.”

Jodie Strachan, has seen success throughout her time studying for BA (Hons) Special Effects Make-up Design for TV, Film & Theatre. Last year Jodie was awarded 1st place in the United Makeup Artist Expo’s Film and TV Makeup Competition in London. 21-year-old Jodie, a former pupil from Whitgift School, now John Whitgift Academy, trained for a National Diploma in Art & Design, specialising in Fine Art, at the Grimsby Institute.

Jodie said: “The course and staff have just been amazing. When I was at school I went to an exhibition organised by the Institute at Grimsby Auditorium called WAX. One of the tutors did a demonstration and, although I was only 15, I knew straight away that it was what I wanted to do.

“It’s quite an emotional experience exhibiting like this. When we first started our tutor told us to look at the work the final year students were doing to see how we would grow during the course. Now it’s our turn and it feels a bit surreal to think that people are coming in to view our work.

“During the second year we got to make a creature maquette and I grew a massive passion for it. I just wanted to sculpt and research different artists, I’m really inspired by Jordu Schell, his paintwork is amazing. Once you’re learnt the foundation of building the creatures you can go off and make them. I want to be a Creature Designer & Sculptor or Prosthetics Sculptor.