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UCLan students show off creative talents

14 June 2013

Lyndsey Boardman

University art show produces stunning work

A machine that makes candyfloss in the many flavours of traditional boiled sweets, armoury created from disused tin cans and recycled plastic bottles and Preston’s Railway Station captured on canvas using ink and bleach are just some of the creative highlights on offer at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

The impressive collection, on display until Friday the 21 June, is the work of UCLan’s final year students from a range of disciplines for the UCLan Creative Focus Festival.

Subject areas involved in the final year degree exhibition include: architecture, design, fashion, fine art, media practice and performance.

Product design student 42-year-old Kenny Scott got the idea to make a candyfloss machine with a twist after working to repair them in Germany several years ago.

“The stream of creative talent flowing from our University is truly astounding and I’m delighted that we celebrate, highlight and share this work with the local community at the public view of our annual degree show.”

He said: “Customers always wanted candyfloss made from a variety of colours so I decided to take it a step further and make flavoured candyfloss from boiled sweets. It’s a new take on an old product and a new way to enjoy old flavours such as pear drops, rhubarb and custard and cola cubes.”

Steffi Louise Diola, an architecture student from London, suggested ways of breathing new life into the town of Fleetwood for her final year project.

She commented: “My work focuses on an eight mile route for trams, cyclists and pedestrians to better connect Fleetwood and Blackpool through art installations, market stalls and an elevated walkway.”

“It’s a new take on an old product and a new way to enjoy old flavours such as pear drops, rhubarb and custard and cola cubes.”

Fine artist Francesca Aikman has created an eerie picture of Preston Railway Station and of the New York Subway through her technique of layering textile materials and painting them with ink and bleach to capture the underground.

“I was inspired by a book called The Mole People about people in New York City that live in the underground subways. By using this method I was able to convey a sense of decay and darkness” she said.

UCLan Vice-Chancellor Malcolm McVicar said: “The stream of creative talent flowing from our University is truly astounding and I’m delighted that we celebrate, highlight and share this work with the local community at the public view of our annual degree show.”

The work is now on public view until Friday, 21 June, in Hanover, Harris, Media Factory and Victoria buildings and entrance is free. For more information about UCLan’s Creative Focus Festival visit www.uclan.ac.uk/cf or follow @UCLanCF on Twitter.