Monday, 28 February 2011

Worth the Wait...

Thursday February 17th saw a full house with standing room only at the Lighthouse Cinema Wolverhampton.

“Waiting”, a screening of 58 short conceptual films produced by Graphic Communication students in response to the question “what is waiting?” was extremely well received; the event drawing in members of the public, ex-graduates (great to see you!), parents and friends.

Friday, 25 February 2011

Student promotions

Graphics students are busy using social networking to promote their work and the 2011 degree show. Join in and add comments to any of the site pages and support the students.

Also, look out for the forthcoming Computer Arts Magazine, Graduate Showcase which is to feature a selection of design work by Wolverhampton students.

Student fundraising event for final show

Tickets available on line from , the Student Union or on the door. Bring your friends and support the show.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Illustrators Claim Six Places In Art of Nurture Regional Final

Six students from Visual Communications have been selected for the Lloyds/TSB ‘Art of Nurture’ regional final.
Of the thirteen regional finalists, four Illustrators and two illustration/Graphic Communication combined students were chosen for this prestigious national competition. Wolverhampton students were competing with students from all over the midlands area, other finalists are studying as far afield as Loughborough, Nottingham and Derby as well as more local institutions such as Birmingham and Coventry.

The student’s work will be showcased in the regional final at the IKON Gallery, Birmingham’s internationally acclaimed contemporary art venue. The private view and final selection will be held on the evening of Tuesday 22nd March. Two selected finalists from each regional final will have their work on show at a London Gallery (to be announced, the 2010 final was held at the Saatchi Gallery) for the National final in April, with the eventual winner receiving the £5,000 first prize, the runner up will receive £2,000. Additionally the national winners will be given the opportunity to attend an optional work placement during the summer of 2011

This is the fifth year of the Lloyds TSB student art competition, which has been developed in partnership with Arts & Business; a national art based charity that brings together the worlds of art and commerce.

Wolves Illustrators have been represented in the last three regional finals, but the number of successful selections this year is unprecedented. This has been a real team effort and we are rightly proud of our student’s achievement.

The staff team are delighted to have had so many of our students recognised in this prestigious national competition. It is encouraging for the team and more importantly our students that their efforts, enterprise and talent is being rewarded.
The experience of having your work shown at the IKON and to be in the regional final is invaluable.
We also had a number of students who didn’t make the regional final and some of those can feel disappointed they didn’t make it, our standard of entry was very strong this year.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Radio success

Recent Visual Communication graduate, Shamraiz Khan is about to make his Radio debut with Bradford Community Broadcasting. Shamraiz will soon be on air with the station, after being awarded a bursary with the station. The recent Wolverhampton graduate is also planning to undertake  courses with the Princes Trust. Well done Shamraiz. If you are in the Bradford area the station can be heard on 106.6fm or listen live on

Friday, 11 February 2011


On Thursday February 17th the Lighthouse Cinema Wolverhampton is the venue for “Waiting” a screening of films produced by Graphic Communication students in response to the question “what is waiting?”. The English Oxford Dictionary’s generic definition; “the delay in a meal while we await the arrival of someone" is an example we probably all recognise and yet there are many others more mundane, more dramatic. The act of waiting can bring with it an auto-response vocabulary of words and gestures we use to deal with routine delays, or it can initiate the unexpected by suddenly relocating us to a unique moment in time with its own personal and intense narrative.

Approaches and ideas draw on occurrences of waiting in everyday life, popular culture and film, and were supported by visits to Birmingham’s Eastside District and the Liverpool Biennale; whilst the filmmaking process fully engaged many students for the first time with the skills of writing, direction and editing.
The screening schedule comprises fifty eight films, each approximately a minute in duration and initiated through individual interpretations of the theme. Sequences are informed by diverse influences including amongst them; re presentations of personal narratives, time motion audits of daily routines, deconstructions of game show fragments, references to contemporary art practice, the semiotics of medical drama, the intertextual language of film, the syntax of call queuing systems, and manipulated rituals of celebration and performance.

The waiting screening starts at 12.15 pm on Thursday February 17th

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Joanna Ladowska in print!

Proud, first year Visual Communication student Joanna Ladowska is delighted to have an article devoted to her work, within ‘Art of England’ Magazine.
Joanna, from Poland, is an enthusiastic member of the first year student community, with a keen interest in Illustration, typography, and layout. Joanna’s illustration which is displayed prominently across a double page spread, is shown along side the work of such renowned artists as, as John Swannell and Norman Rockwell.

“Joanna has a particular interest in drawing from life, both in class and on location." Says  Senior Lecturer,  Ben Kelly. “I predict a bright future for her, as she continues to develop her illustrative style” he concludes.