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UCLan recognition for creative achievers

18 June 2013

Chris Theobald

Creative Focus Awards 2013

Some of UCLan’s brightest, creative talents have been recognised for their outstanding achievements at the University’s Creative Focus Awards 2013.

The creative gongs were awarded to six, high performing final year students 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 Digital Communication.

“I’m continually amazed at the constant stream of talent which flows from our University and it is only right that we celebrate this flair at our Creative Focus Awards.”

Vice-Chancellor Malcolm McVicar presented the awards at a special ceremony held within the Students’ Union’s Atrium Restaurant. Commenting before he announced the winners, the Vice-Chancellor said: “I’m continually amazed at the constant stream of talent which flows from our University and it is only right that we celebrate this flair at our Creative Focus Awards.”

Matthew Cross, BSc(Hons) Architectural Technology, won the architecture award. Mathew led on a project for Little Oak Primary School the aim of which was to create a multifunctional learning environment. Encouraging social interaction and creative thinking for both pupils and staff, the learning environment allowed flexible opportunities for local involvement and encouraged a sense of place at the heart of a community.

Andrea Wastlund, BA(Hons) Games Design, took the design award having been commended by her tutors for an outstanding response to her portfolio development coupled with an industry commendation for her high standard of achievement during external work placement at Blitz Games Studios.

"The flair, energy and creativity that’s been exhibited by UCLan students at this year’s shows fill me with hope that despite the current economic conditions they will succeed in their chosen career paths.”

creative award winners 2013

Saleha Bagas, BA(Hons) Fashion Design with Sandwich, won the fashion accolade. Saleha was commended by her tutors for her impressive learning progression across the three years of study and for the visual impact of her embroidery design work. The embroidery embellishment within Saleha’s collection is beautiful and intricate and creates a signpost to future trend forecasters to adopt and share with upcoming new designers.

Dawn Beever, BA(Hons) Fine Art, collected the fine art award and she was commended by her tutors for her outstanding studio practice. Central to her practice as an artist, Dawn describes her work as a combination of colour, the application of the paint and the creation of movement.

The outstanding work of Sam Cronin, BA(Hons) Film Production, enabled him to claim the media practice award. Sam worked as director of photography in his second year on UCLan’s very own feature film, Wraith. Using some of the skills he honed there, and others developed throughout the programme, Sam brought together a mix of skills to produce a stunning graduation film ‘June and the Baba Yaga’ as part of the inaugural ‘auteur filmmaking’ module in his final year.

Finally the performance award was taken by Elizabeth Vince, BA(Hons) Music Practice, whose work entitled ‘Sonant’ was an outstanding moment in the Future Sound 2013 music festival, in a year when the standard of the festival as a whole was exceptionally high. The piece explores the possibilities created by the use of technology with the voice and considers factors such as pronunciation, phrasing, processing, melody and harmony.

In a surprise twist to the event, the Vice-Chancellor was presented with a lifetime achievement award in recognition of his support to the arts at UCLan. The presentation was made by UCLan Honorary Fellow Jon Culshaw.

The Vice-Chancellor added: “It’s been a great honour to have served this University for the last 14 years. It is a University which is at the frontier of enabling those with talent to reach their potential regardless of income. The flair, energy and creativity that’s been exhibited by UCLan students at this year’s shows fill me with hope that despite the current economic conditions they will succeed in their chosen career paths.”

The shows are open to the public Monday, 17 to Friday, 21 June 10am-6pm and are located in the Victoria, Harris, Hanover and Media Factory Buildings.