Creative industries invited to innovative student arts and media festival

Creative industries invited to innovative student arts and media festival

 

The creative and digital industries will have the chance to sample the best creative work from the University of Salford’s School of Arts & Media students this month, as the Create Salford Festival returns for 2015.

 

From Wednesday 17 to Saturday 20 June, Salford students will stage original live performances, including comedy, poetry, dance and theatre, plus a wide range of art and design degree show exhibitions, live music and award ceremonies celebrating the best in student journalism and media.

 

Industry professionals are invited to attend a special VIP launch and private degree show viewing on the evening of Wednesday 17 June at both the University’s MediaCityUK and Allerton Campuses. Event guests will be able to sample outstanding and exciting new works created by the next generation of British artists, performers and designers.

 

Art & Design degree shows will celebrate the success of graduating students with static exhibitions from Visual Art, Graphic Design, Photography, Fashion Image Making & Styling, Animation, Computer and Video Games, Interior Design and Product Design courses.

 

Current postgraduate students from Contemporary Fine Art, Creative Education and Communication Design will also be exhibiting.  This exhibition will include Rory Mullen’s “Dream Come True, A showcase of Irish Art”, as well as a newly launched augmented reality App.

 

 

The Festival will be officially opened by University of Salford Chancellor and celebrated poet and novelist Jackie Kay MBE on the evening of the 17 June, at the MediaCityUK VIP Launch.

 

Other highlights of the Festival include a fashion runway show, hosted by the University’s final year Fashion Design students for invited industry guests. Salford’s fashion programme continues to go from strength to strength, and was recently awarded the WGSN Digital Portfolio Award by the British Fashion Council at Graduate Fashion Week earlier this month.

 

The Fashion Show will provide industry representatives the chance to view work from student designers, many of whom have already been snapped up by prominent fashion houses.  In a first for the Festival, representatives of international brand Marina Rinaldi will be in attendance to pick two students who will work with them in Italy as paid graduates from September.

 

Manchester’s Cathedral will also host a European premiere as part of Create Salford.  The evening of Thursday 18 June will see the first European performance of world–renowned composer Nancy Galbraith’s The Passion of St Matthew, performed by Salford students and staff, alongside professional musicians, at Manchester Cathedral. Galbraith is Professor and Chair of Composition in the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.

 

This performance will mark the first phase of an exciting new partnership between the prestigious Carnegie Mellon and Salford’s School of Arts & Media.

 

Dotted around the University’s MediaCityUK building will be cinema-style screening rooms where visitors can enjoy watching the impressive range of drama and documentary films made by second and final year students.

 

With live music, theatre, comedy, fashion shows and degree shows, this year is shaping up to be one of the most dynamic and exciting festivals in recent years.

 

Visitors will also be able to experience new audio dens where the very best work of Salford radio students can be enjoyed and Jukebox rooms where visitors can choose whatever audio or video they want from an extensive playlist of student works.

 

Speaking ahead of the Festival, Director and Senior Lecturer Sam Ingleson said: “Create Salford is the highlight of our academic year.  The Festival gives us the opportunity to showcase our students’ work to the public and the industry.  It is our chance to celebrate the exceptional talents of our students.

 

“With live music, theatre, comedy, fashion shows and degree shows, this year is shaping up to be one of the most dynamic and exciting festivals in recent years.

 

The next generation of British artists and designers are waiting to be discovered and Salford is where you’ll find them.”

 

For further information, and latest news on Festival events, visit the Create Salford Festival homepage

 

www.salford.ac.uk/create2015 | @CreateatSalford

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