One week on, and we’re already reminiscing about another fantastic season of New Creatives, Oxo Tower Wharf’s two month-long summer programme dedicated to championing creative graduates fresh out of university.
Over 8 weeks, 13 universities and hundreds of students descended on Oxo Tower Wharf to exhibit their hard work both to the public and to the creative industries on the lookout to find the best in up-and-coming talent.
For many of the graduates, it was the first time experiencing the thrill and satisfaction of running their own exhibition from day one, a brilliant exercise in raising funds, installing, designing, curating, invigilating, promoting and un-installing their work.
Take a look at our highlights from the season below:
Opening the season were newcomers Archfilmfest, which featured a section dedicated to film and architecture installations and screenings by its academic partner, the Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL.
…We got excited about design with the return of Made in Brunel’s annual showcase (featured in Design Week’s graduate show guide) which took over Bargehouse and gallery@oxo. The products on display tackled the biggest current and future problems we face.
Some of the stand-out inventions were Jason Knight’s skateboards pressed from melted plastic bags, Alexi Vesaluoma’s structure built from mushrooms and Sophie Copley’s Little Heroes hospital garments for young children (pictured below), which went onto sweep up two awards at New Designers; the Mars Chocolate Design Thinking Award and the New Designers Gleeds Associate Prize for the designer best demonstrating lateral thinking.
Made in Brunel students also welcomed a very special guest (pictured below) for a quick stopover and selfie just before he took on the main stage at Glastonbury.
New addition to the line-up Kingston University presented ‘More‘. Illustration and Animation graduates showcased their work, hosted panel discussions, workshops, showreels and even a huge collaborative drawing session.
Exhibiting students, Hannah McNally and Martha Halliday went onto winning a Black pencil at the D&AD New Blood awards for film Mm-hmm, a film which thoughtfully captures the joys and sorrows of autism in the everyday.
Returning institution, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, wowed us with performance design work ranging from gigantic, neon-lit stick insect puppets (pictured below) to carefully crafted mini stage sets.
University of Brighton brought us Two-fold, an exhibition showcasing the work of 110 graduates alongside talks, workshops and live music along with a merch shop offering visitors a wide range of treats to take away with them.
DESTINATIONS returned for a second year, a collective show bringing together the work by costume and set design students from Arts University Bournemouth, Birmingham City University, Edinburgh College of Art, Nottingham Trent University, Plymouth College of Art and University of Huddersfield.
Bath Spa University’s STOCK brought New Creatives to a close with their Fine Art and Contemporary Art Practice exhibition in Bargehouse. On visiting, we were blown away by the high quality, diversity and originality of work from this year’s 48 graduating students.
We are so sad that the season is over for another year but, above all, feeling elated and inspired by what we have seen over the past two months. Thank you so much to organisers, exhibitors and visitors alike for joining us and making this year’s New Creatives season bigger and better than ever. Wishing you all the very best of luck with your next steps in the industry.
Ilaria & Sophie, Oxo Tower WharfReturn