The latest exhibition is underway at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), with a twist. This exhibition is completely virtual, for the second year in a row. And this year, the creative work was unveiled by Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid CBE.

Lubaina Himid, an internationally acclaimed artist who claimed the Tuner Prize in 2017, and UCLan Professor of Contemporary Art, opened this collection of creative work at a virtual awards ceremony for arts and media students, exhibiting their final year work.

Speaking to the hardworking final year students, Lubaina said:

“This is the 30th UCLan Degree Show I have seen and I am delighted to say that the energy and the commitment you have shown is clear, strong and dynamic.You should be very proud of yourselves. I know how challenging it has been for you all as you struggled through the pandemic while developing your ideas, honing your skills and having to use every ounce of your intelligence, your nerve and your belief to get this work made and presented.You have demonstrated immense courage and determination.”

This is the second year that the annual exhibition has been held virtually, due to the pandemic. But the final year students across a range of creative disciplines, including architecture, art, design, fashion and media, have created a fantastic experience for the public to enjoy. And visitors to the online exhibition can view online portfolios of all exhibiting students.

Jane Anthony, UCLan’s Executive Dean of Culture and Creative Industries, said:

“We’re very excited to share the 2021 Degree Show with the world and showcase the culmination of three years hard work. Our creative students have risen to the challenges presented by the pandemic and have produced inspiring projects that are testament to their commitment and passion to succeed in these difficult times. This annual exhibition provides a platform for our students to share their talents with the public and industry and acts as a stepping-stone to their future careers.”

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