Imaginative ideas at Bucks Show 17
Date: 14th Jun 2017
Tableware to bring diners closer to the food they are eating, a punchbag to allow boxers to hone defensive skills, and a campaign to encourage recruitment diversity into the Armed Forces are among exhibits at the Bucks New University Arts and Creative Industries Show, open until Thursday 15 June.
The Show includes work from a range of creative industry courses and is open from 11am-7pm on Wednesday 14 June and 11am-4pm on Thursday 15 June, with students also set to further exhibit at a host of forthcoming exhibitions and events.
The tableware project was completed by BA (Hons) Product Design student, George Miles. The project was focused on breaking down dining conventions that can come between a diner and a meal.
He added: “A fine dining evening is about more than just the food. The atmosphere and experience contribute heavily to the whole event, and so should the tableware. My designs are aimed at taking a design that is already really popular a unique element and specifying a function, such as a divot in the plate where the sauce goes.”
Fellow Product Design student Harry Tye is behind Sucker Punch, a punchbag he says was ‘born from a love of boxing’, to allow people to practice defensive skills. The 6ft-high structure is shaped like a person and allows users to hone their defensive skills by avoiding incoming strikes.
BA (Hons) Creative Advertising student Tommy Lai was one of three-final year undergraduates behind ‘Show Yourself’, an advertising campaign commissioned by the British Armed Forces and which challenges conventional ideas of typical army recruits.
He said: “By inviting more diverse groups to 'come out of hiding' from their insecurities, this campaign debunks social myths people have about being in the service and explores an inclusive environment where everyone serving the nation is accepted and celebrated as who they are.”
Tommy’s work, and that of fellow students Max Gibson and Ellis King, sees them shortlisted for the D&AD New Blood Awards for new and emerging talent, in London on 6 July.
Courses ranging from Textiles and Surface Design, to Fashion Design, Creative Advertising and Product Design are exhibiting at the Arts & Creative Industries Show. There’s also a variety of work from Animation and Visual Effects; Foundation Diploma Art, Design & Media; Graphics; Interior and Spatial Design; Foundation Degree Kitchen Design; and Mechanical Engineering Design.
Frazer Mackenzie, Head of School for Arts & Creative Industries, said: “The Arts and Creative Industries Show is the perfect platform to celebrate the work of our final-year students and to showcase their creative talent.
“We’re incredibly proud of our class of 2017 and they will be joining numerous other successful Bucks New University graduates, many of whom continue to make a lasting contribution to the UK’s creative economy and to positively shape the world we live in, both nationally and internationally.”
The students and their work will also be on show at a number of forthcoming London exhibitions over the next month including; FREE Range in Brick Lane, London (15-19 June); New Designers Part 1 at the Business Design Centre, Upper Street, London, (29 June-1 July), D&AD New Blood at The Old Truman Brewery IN Brick Lane (5-6 July), and 5th Base Gallery, in Heneage Street, near Brick Lane (7-8 July).
See more at www.bucks.ac.uk/bucksshow17 and follow #BucksShow17.
Picture captions: Students from the School of Arts and Creative Industries displaying at Bucks Show 17.