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UCLan recognition for creative achievers

16 June 2014

Chris Theobald

Creative Focus Awards 2014

Some of UCLan’s brightest, creative talents have been recognised for their outstanding achievements at the University’s Creative Focus Awards 2014.

This year Creative Lancashire, a Lancashire County Council initiative which aims to raise the profile of the county’s creative talent, teamed up with UCLan to judge the awards which celebrate the best student work from six disciplines across the degree shows. Two new prizes, sponsored by Creative Lancashire, were awarded to students whose work demonstrated commercial viability.

More than 30 students were nominated for the awards within three UCLan Schools: the School of Art, Design and Performance, the Grenfell-Baines School of Architecture, Construction and Environment, and the School of Journalism and Media.

The prizes were awarded by UCLan Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerry Kelleher alongside Charles Hadcock, current Chairman of Creative Lancashire.

See photos from the event.

“You have already demonstrated the skills, the drive and the motivation to succeed, and in the years to come I’m sure your creative talent will shine through, just as it has done for so many of our graduates from the creative disciplines who have studied

The special ceremony was held within the Students’ Union’s Atrium Restaurant and in a speech before the winners were announced the Vice-Chancellor said: “My message to all those nominated is that whatever the final decision of the judges, you should all be immensely proud of your achievements.

“You have already demonstrated the skills, the drive and the motivation to succeed, and in the years to come I’m sure your creative talent will shine through, just as it has done for so many of our graduates from the creative disciplines who have studied here over the years.”

Charles Hadcock added: “It’s twenty seven years since I graduated as a sculptor and in my experience working within the creative industries is one of the greatest things you can do. Employers are looking for young creative talent and looking at the standard of work here today I feel convinced you can all look forward to the future with confidence.”

“Employers are looking for young creative talent and looking at the standard of work here today I feel convinced you can all look forward to the future with confidence.”

 

Sally Archibald BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology won the architecture award. Her work proposed the change of a hazardous eyesore within Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle into an outdoor performance area to fit within the context of the regeneration in the creative quarter of the city.

Nicholas Norcross, BA (Hons) Illustration, triumphed with the design award. He was commented by his tutors for overcoming personal difficulties to produce a memorable show with great visual impact incorporating Piranha Boy and Cat Boy and masked relatives in a macabre family album.

The fashion award was won by Femida Adam, BA (Hons) Eastern Fashion Design. Femida was commended by her tutors for being a total team player, her diligence shining through via a fantastic portfolio of work.

Daveid Darbyshire, BA (Hons) Drawing and Image Making, won the fine art award for outstanding creative practice. His work is concerned with synchronicity and the interpretation of all things.

Lauren Clark, BA (Hons) Screenwriting with Flim, TV and Radio, won the media award. Her award was collected on her behalf by fellow student Rebecca Collins, editor and producer of Lauren’s film and entitled LA Larry. Footage for the film was shot on location in Preston while Lauren travelled 5,000 miles to complete filming in Hollywood.

The performance award went to Catherine Shaw, BA (Hons) Contemporary Theatre and Performance. Catherine produced and fully managed an outstanding three month programme of nationally acclaimed theatre work, receiving The Guardian’s prestigious pick of the week feature on two occasions.

A Creative Lancashire – Best in Commercial Viability award went to Samantha Binns, BA (Hons) Fashion and Brand Promotion with Photography. Samantha developed an online beauty platform that integrates with in-store technology to engage consumers in cross-selling sales.

Lanty Ball, BA (Hons) Contemporary Crafts, was the second award winner in this section. Lanty’s work involves a collection of hand carved Porcelain and Parian vessels and wall pieces – inspired by eroded geological formations and weathered architectural exteriors.

The shows are open the public Monday,16 to Saturday, 21 June 10am-6pm and are located in the Edward, Victoria, Harris, Hanover and Media Factory Buildings.