Art & Design
Welcome to un-locked, the University of Chester’s Art & Design Degree Show. Here we celebrate our 2021 graduating students from our seven undergraduate programmes, Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing and Communication, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography and Product Design. This diverse body of work demonstrates the uniqueness of each student, representing both the culmination of their degree studies as well as a hint as to their visual, professional future.
Studying for a degree is a simultaneously formative and transformative experience. Not only do degree students learn new skills, they create new knowledge, develop intellectually increasing their capacity for learning; they discover more about themselves and unlock new potential and in so doing they have an impact on those around them. Those who study and practice Art and Design subjects have the ability to produce images, objects, artefacts, products and environments that can inspire you, connect with you intellectually and emotionally, persuade you and ultimately enable you live a richer, more fulfilling life. Without artists and designers the world would be static, dull, lifeless and emotionless.
COVID-19 has had a significant impact on all our lives in many ways and to say the last year and a quarter has been a rollercoaster for these graduating students would be an understatement. As we have been in and out of lockdown, witnessing and living through the devastating impact of COVID-19 on our lives, our families and communities across the globe, our students have continued to pursue their dreams; they did not give up, they did not stop exploring, experimenting, discovering, creating and innovating. These students are inspirational, and in turn will inspire. Within this exhibition you will find many things that will unlock your emotions, will make you smile or reflect, will stimulate you, will generate questions and will impact upon you beyond this exhibition. That is the power of creativity, the potential of these creative individuals, the graduates of 2021, to change you and to change the world.
Associate Professor Bernadine Murray
Head of Art and Design, University of Chester.
We are unable to put on a real show this year so we have continued to provide our graduating students with a virtual exhibition.