RGU Art School Diploma Exhibition Attracts Virtual Visitors


OVER 5,000 visitors have connected to Gray’s School of Art’s Digital Degree Show since its launch on July 9.

The online fair has attracted interest from around the world, with visitors from as far away as Malaysia, Brazil, Kenya, Panama, Russia, Colombia and Serbia.

Over 150 designers and artists showcase their work at this year’s exhibition through a range of mediums including painting, contemporary art practice, 3D design, communication design, fashion and textiles. and photography.

Highlights from this year’s 10-day event include interactive question-and-answer sessions, music events and an exclusive online fashion show that will go live on Sunday, July 18 at 3 p.m. ET.

Gray’s School of Art principal Libby Curtis said: “We really didn’t think we would do a second digital diploma show 15 months after the first Covid lockdown, but both our staff and our students, and the creative partnership we have with the design agency, Design and Code, took up the challenge and the success of this year’s digital diploma fair is a testament to all their hard work.

“Our graduates had to adapt and be flexible; they created home studios, developed new ways of working, reinventing themselves across imposed limits and, in doing so, showed their determination to succeed and succeed. The sustained personal and professional resilience our students have shown during this difficult time has been and truly is exceptional.

“Forward, the title of our show this year is a testament to the optimism, resilience and continued professionalism that our students demonstrate through their work. I am delighted with the success of this year’s event and that we are able to present the work of our students to a global audience online.

One of the exhibiting students is 21-year-old painting graduate Scarlet Keiller from Forres, whose project, Lost in Translation, teleports her audience to a post-apocalyptic world, where Earth’s civilization has collapsed and humans have disappeared.

Scarlet says the pandemic has greatly influenced her work: “Last year when the studios closed and we had to work from home I found it liberating and the quality of my work skyrocketed from the.

“This year, I chose to create a work exclusively in a digital format because it was accessible to me to do it from home. Without Covid, I’m not sure I would have done this kind of work.

“The mural I painted in my studio seemed like a natural extension of the themes I was exploring – invading an otherwise pristine environment and disturbing it – but if I had been in the studio all year without restrictions, I imagine I would have gone in a very different direction.

Another painting graduate at this year’s show is Faye Woods of the West Coast. Faye had to adapt to a new way of working.

She explained: “Covid made me work from home in my mother’s laundry room. My studio mates were quickly replaced with a freezer and dryer.

“I had to work on a smaller scale and adapt to no longer use an abundant amount of turps in my job! Despite this, the tutors were the most supportive and caring people I have ever met in the world. education and the course constantly challenged me to strive to do more in my job.

Building on the success of last year, the digital diploma fair has been updated and expanded with new additions for the best user experience. Visitors can engage in work in a traditional 2D format through new search options, allowing them to explore student work by course and topic with audio descriptions and visual images of all artists.

It is also possible to take an immersive journey and explore the spectacle through a series of virtual 3D spaces.

The show is free and available through graysdegree.show until July 19.


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Kayleen C. Rice

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