“From the Tate to the Southbank Centre, Oxo Tower Wharf sits in a prime location for art, architecture, and design exhibitions”
In the first of our ‘New Creatives: Where are they now?’ series we catch up with Sam Gwilt, who exhibited with us as part of Made in Brunel’s (MiB) 2017 graduate show – Redefining. Made in Brunel is a student led collaborative platform focused on showcasing great design from Brunel University London.
Sam is now a designer at consultancy Precipice Design, where he works on design strategy, medical design, FMCG (Fast-Moving Consumer Goods), branding, and packaging. “It’s the same company I had a 6-month internship with during university, so officially I’ve worked here for just over a year, but technically I’ve been here for a total of 2 years. It’s been a great experience so far, and I’ve been lucky enough to travel the world on different projects. I’m looking forward to what the future holds!”
Sam also runs Instagram and YouTube accounts @sam_does_design focused on sketching and rendering, where “I try to show people the tricks of the trade that don’t get taught in school, and I’m really keen to show people that design sketching is something everyone can do”.
When asked whether his graduate show experience had helped with his endeavours, Sam tells us “It was the first time I’d interacted with the general public talking about design in that way. I was really excited after a great mix of networking, presenting, and hosting. I’ve got really fond memories of the experience, and I think it really helped with my confidence when I talk about design – something that I now do a lot of on my YouTube page. It was lot of work but I’d definitely do it again!”
Sam’s experience putting on MiB’s graduate show was both as exhibiting student and as Social Media Manager, a role he took on especially for the show.
“I was one of two Social Media Managers for MiB that year. Our role was to share student work with the larger design industry, and chronicle student life from the design department at Brunel University. We covered Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Our goal for the year was to reach more people, and I’m happy to be part of the team that took the Instagram account from 600 to over 2,000 followers.”
“The lead up to the event was super exciting and stressful – MiB is organised solely by the students involved. We had separate teams to focus on different elements of the show, including Events, Publications, Logistics and Brand Managers (and more). In the frantic weeks before the show, all of the teams merged and everyone helped across the board. It was a real collaborative approach – we all lived together while we were organising the show and there was always something happening!”
In 2017 Made in Brunel took over Bargehouse, our atmospheric warehouse space, made (mostly Instagram) famous for its unique features and interesting industrial history, revealed through its many, untouched layers on the walls and ceilings.
Sam agrees “It was amazing to photograph Bargehouse! The industrial backdrop gave photos so much character, without being overpowering of the projects. There was always an interesting angle to photograph and share, both inside and out of the Bargehouse”.
He also credits Oxo Tower Wharf’s location with playing a part in making the event a success, “That corner of the world is steeped in design history. From the Tate to the Southbank Centre, Oxo Tower Wharf sits in a prime location for art, architecture, and design exhibitions. The South Bank area is one of my favourite places to visit in London. The amazing cafes, restaurants, and bars nearby are also great, especially for students to celebrate being exhibited! Those venues have become a tradition for Brunel staff, students, and alumni, so expect to see me back for next year’s show”.
Here at Oxo Tower Wharf we are always excited to see what MiB have in store next and to see how they will transform our spaces – and not only Bargehouse. As Sam himself reminisces “I visited the MiB in the previous year and loved it! I also attended some MiB pop-up events as well – I think one was called the Doodle Cafe? That pop-up essentially covered the walls in paper, and gave the public pens to doodle whatever they wanted. It was such a fun event! The MiB shows normally happened while I was visiting family in the summer break from university, so I didn’t get many chances to visit. I plan to head to Oxo as much as I can now I live in London.
It was so gratifying to be part of such a successful MiB show, and it was a perfect way to showcase the work we’d spent countless hours on throughout year.”
We are now taking bookings for New Creatives 2019. To find out more about getting involved, contact us on 020 7021 1650 or firstname.lastname@example.org