Students from the Arts & Event Management Course have had a busy start to 2012 with the development and implementation of a number of live public events. Every year, second year students’ work on developing their research and project management skills with a number of live projects which they completed at the beginning of March:
From The Heart was a visual art charity auction that was held in aid of Julia’s House Children’s Hospice at Pavilion Dance; Home Sweet Home was a visual art project to raise awareness for domestic violence in association with the Butterfly Foundation at the Metropolis Art Gallery, Westbourne; Pangea was an event using UV inspired paint that raises awareness of the human destruction of our planet at St. Mary’s Immaculate Parish Church, Bournemouth; Toast was the Olympic inspired edible art exhibition which has been written about under the Olympics pages of UC News; Street Jam was a skating themed event; Wish This Was was a visual art project using an empty shop to exhibit art work; and Shakespearience was a day which introduced Shakespeare to young people through creative Shakespeare-themed workshops in a variety of art forms.
As part of their continuing development, third year A&E Management students are busy working on their Final Major Projects which will take place at the beginning of May:
Uncover South West is a one day film event celebrating cinematic talent and creativity in the South West of England. Taking place in the Winton Life Centre on 5th May, Uncover South West wants to discover what inspires people about the South, and highlight the amazing talent that is brimming within the region. They have called for submissions from amateur film-makers and professionals with a South West theme or connection.
The film event will include screenings, talks, Q&A sessions with industry professionals and a Judges Choice Award Ceremony. For more information please visit www.uncoversouthwest.co.uk/
The Escape Project exhibition is a creative platform to help a small proportion of Cambodian teenage trafficking survivors express their freedom and re-discover their hopes for a new future.
The exhibition is a multi-arts trail around Bristol’s harbourside exhibiting UK artwork conceived from photographs captured by young sex trafficking survivors’ in Cambodia. Partnered with Transitions Global, an international pioneer in the aftercare of trafficking victims, the aim is to raise awareness of child sex trafficking and support the survivors’ aftercare program.
The Escape Project starts at Transitions Global’s reputable aftercare center in Cambodia, with twenty young teenage girls, all victims of trafficking and exploitation taking part in a photography project to express their freedom and re-discover their hopes for the future.
Continuing to communicate through art rather than facts and figures, the girl’s photographs will be supported by the work of six to eight UK artists of various specialisms. The artwork and the girl’s photographs will be exhibited together and curated as an art trail in various disused locations along Bristol’s harbourside. For more information, or to show your support, please visit http://theescapeproject.tumblr.com/
offthewall:elements takes place on the 5th May in Compton Acres, Poole. It is a site responsive artistic showcase encompassing the theme of the four classical elements, air, earth, fire and water. Exhibiting artists’ work is inspired by nature and the elements, to create an event that uses a combination of visual art and performance in an outdoor setting to create a stimulating viewing experience. offthewall:elements will enhance the beauty of the natural environment through artistic excellence.
The days’ programme runs from 11am – 9pm and will include visual, digital and performance works by eight nationally known arts companies. Each visual and performance piece will represent one of the four elements. The main event starts at 6.30pm and will showcase a night time fire-based artwork – The Big Tease – by the well known speciality fire art company Illuminarium along with a range of other interactive arts and performances.
As part of the build up to offthewall:elements, the team are running two workshops for children at The Dolphin Centre, Poole 9am – 5pm on Saturday 21st April and Castlepoint Shopping Centre 11am – 2pm on Sunday 22nd April. For more information visit www.offthewallelements.com
Not only do these events give students an insight into the planning, organisation and running of live events, but they also help prepare them for employment, and with the Arts & Event Management course holding a fantastic 17.34% above average student employment record, the live brief combined with their teaching, really does give the students the all encompassing skills to succeed in industry.