12 May 2015
University plays key role in first Best of Britannia event outside of London
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) will showcase its creative talents at the forthcoming Best of Britannia (BOB) event that has travelled north for the first time to bring its three-day pop-up department store to Preston.
UCLan is a key sponsor of the event which will take place from the 15 – 17 May in the historic Post Office building and Market Square in the heart of the City.
Students and staff exhibitions include installations in architecture, applied arts, fine art, fashion, photography and design for sport and rehabilitation, alongside a variety of performances on the outdoor stage. This will sit alongside industry exhibitors showing the best in British design with a host of inspiring work in fashion, home brands and food and drink.
Charles Quick, Professor in Art in Public Places at UCLan, is one of the exhibitors at BOB North. He said: “At UCLan we have more than 3,000 students involved in the creative arts and it’s a great opportunity for them, alongside staff, former staff and alumni, to present their work side-by-side with the excellent local and national exhibitors who are also taking part.
“BOB North is especially interesting because it has a national profile and as a University we’re really excited to be part of it.”
“Since the last Preston Guild and the Harris Flights project the creative community in Preston has started to punch above its weight and it’s very important to keep this momentum going with interesting events. BOB North is especially interesting because it has a national profile and as a University we’re really excited to be part of it.”
Speaking about BOB, non-executive Director, renowned designer and born and bred Lancaster man, Wayne Hemingway MBE said: “As a born and bred Lancastrian, who manufactures much of my company’s designs in the county, I am delighted that BOB North is coming to Preston where the impact of the event in a region with such a proud manufacturing and creative heritage is bound to be huge.”
Ruth Connor, Chief Executive of Marketing Lancashire, said: “We’re an innovative and creative county with a real ‘make it’ movement and we’re incredibly proud that Preston, Lancashire will host the first BOB event outside of London.”
Tickets for BOB North cost £4 per adult and free for children. For more information about the event visit www.bestofbritannia.com follow @BestBritannia and @UCLanWhatsOn on Twitter.