New Creatives 2016 – Round up

It’s taken a little time to recover but we’re ready to re-cap on another amazing graduate season now that it’s sadly over for another year.

Oxo Tower Wharf has been championing graduates from the creative world since the early 2000s and over the years we’ve worked hard on developing a season of shows from art institutions from all over the country. We now dedicate our exhibition spaces gallery@oxo, G11 and Bargehouse to grad shows from May-July each year and in 2015 we christened the season New Creatives.

New Creatives 2016 saw 10 Universities and 1000s of students descend on Oxo Tower Wharf from mid-May to the end of July to showcase their hard work, innovation and creativity. Visitors ranged from industry experts scouting out the latest talents to curious passers-by, drawn in from the Riverside Walkway by the hive of activity at Oxo.

Returning institutions Made in Brunel (featured in Design Week’s graduate show guide), Rose Bruford, University of the West of England and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama brought their fresh crop of graduates to experience the rollercoaster of producing, hanging, celebrating, invigilating and taking down their own show.

We were delighted to be able to extend the season in to late July and welcome new universities to become part of New Creatives. This year saw the first multi-institution show, Destinations, featuring work from costume and set design students from Arts University Bournemouth, UCA Rochester, Birmingham City University and Edinburgh College of Art.

University of Cambridge’s Architecture Department brought us ArcSoc 2016, a showcase organised and produced by a completely student run society. The students hosted lectures, tours and drawing classes as part of the Bargehouse show, as well as exhibiting work from first year students right through to post-graduates.

Another fresh face, Bath Spa University, brought New Creatives to a close with their Fine Art and Photography exhibition in Bargehouse and then added an extra dimension with an MA Fine Art Alumni show in G11, carefully curated by Maria Lalic, Roger Clarke and Dexter Dalwood.

It’s been an incredible few months of shows and we’ve loved checking out the up-and-coming talent from art schools from all over the country and we wish all of the exhibiting students the very best in their blossoming careers.

New Creatives is getting bigger and better each year. To find out about becoming part of New Creatives 2017 email or call us on 020 7021 1657.

Check out the photos from this year’s shows…

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