University to host week-long ‘festival’ to celebrate graduating students’ achievements


A montage of images depicting the artworks that will be on display during the festival. Including some design work on mobile phones, a piece of fine art work, a screenshot from a film, a student in a solo theatre performance and architecture design work

Graduating students from 电车痴汉 will showcase their hard work across five disciplines later this month in a week-long festival.

Staged by the University’s Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA), the week-long ‘festival’ is an exciting celebration of work by this year's students in Architecture, Design, Film, Fine Art and Theatre.

Running from 19 to 26 June 2024, the festival will consist of a series of events to showcase architectural and design projects, film screenings, painting, drawing, sculpture and digital Fine Art works and performances of theatre and dance.

This year’s event, entitled INHABIT, is about how artists and their art, in all media and disciplines, inhabit the spaces around them. It explores how art complements, detaches, or interacts with different spaces, and how the qualities of a space may influence an artist’s work - whether it be in a studio, on the stage, or in a gallery, public space, or the home.

The series of events are designed to showcase a diverse range of artistic mediums to provide visitors with new ways to look and reflect, and sometimes challenge, our everyday perspectives on life. Visitors can expect to see highly original painting, drawing, sculpture, new media work, animations; design innovation projects; live performances; architectural design projects and models, renders of interior and exterior building; and vibrant and intelligent film and theatre screenings.

The free event opens officially on 19 June at 6 pm and boasts ‘something for everybody’. On-campus venues hosting the festival include Bailrigg House, Bowland Annexe, the LICA Building, Peter Scott Gallery, Nuffield Theatre together with The Dukes in Lancaster city centre.

Festival Director, Dr Adrian Gradinar, said: “This is an exciting time for us as we get to see all the hard work our students have put into their degrees come together in this ambitious, striking series of events – and better still, they share their achievements with their families, friends, employers, and the wider community.

“We have live theatre performances over three days, film screenings at The Dukes, artistic expressions in paintings, sculptures, digital videos and print, photography, collage, installations, tangible and intangible materials, design projects, mock-ups and many more.

“Visitors will have the opportunity to witness how an extremely diverse group of brilliant minds responded to our challenging briefs, demonstrating wild creativity, improvisation and synergy. We are proud of how our students have handled themselves in these challenging times and this Festival clearly demonstrates their resilience.

“We would like to congratulate all the students who have worked incredibly hard to realise this ambitious event and hope visitors will enjoy it as much as we will.”

Venues and opening times:

ARCHITECTURE

Architecture student Megan Smith's work - Designing for climate emergency: A campus for Windermere

Designing for climate emergency: A campus for Windermere - work by Architecture student, Megan Smith

  • Bailrigg House and Bowland Annex (C Floor only)
  • Open to all from Thursday 20 June until Wednesday 26 June between 10am – 4pm

DESIGN

My Kellogg’s – A fast moving consumer group app for ‘Kellogg’s’ which acts as a customer platform for increasing interaction and experience satisfaction. By Design student, Antonia Arbova.

My Kellogg’s – A fast moving consumer group app for ‘Kellogg’s’ which acts as a customer platform for increasing interaction and experience satisfaction. By Design student, Antonia Arbova.

  • The LICA Building, room A36
  • Open to all from Thursday 20 June until Wednesday 26 June between 10am – 4pm

FILM

A screenshot of three women taken from the White Daffodil, by Film student Yun Wen

A screenshot of work by Film student, Yun Wen, entitled White Daffodil.

  • Free tickets (subject to capacity) - open to all

Films:

1. Out of My Place (Sky Fong)

2. Just Keep Practicing (Paula Gal)

3. What’s Here Still (Hugo Light)

4. White Daffodil (Wen Yun)

5. Psychosis (Alexia Bazavan)

6. Fleas (Maria Hill)

7. Thank You for Your Service (Dawid Stasiak)

8. Tommy the Superhero (Sam Turnbull)

  • on Monday 24 June at 6pm, followed by a Q&A session and reception and Tuesday 25 June at 2pm

FINE ART

Fine Art student, Steven Saunders' work depicting a synthetic lichen reflecting the environmental sensitivity and slow growth of lichen in the wild

Fine Art student, Steven Saunders' work speculates about the future of non-human worlds, a synthetic lichen reflecting the environmental sensitivity and slow growth of lichen in the wild.

  • Locations: The LICA Building (Foyer), Bowland Annex (A and B floors), Peter Scott Gallery
  • Opening times: Thursday 20 June until Wednesday 26 June, between 10am – 4pm.

THEATRE

Holly McIIwain, a third-year Theatre student at 电车痴汉 on stage in SubLiminal, one of three group shows at the INHABIT Festival

Holly McIIwain, a third-year Theatre student at 电车痴汉 in SubLiminal, one of three group shows at the INHABIT Festival.

  • Location: Nuffield Theatre
  • Free tickets - open to all (subject to capacity). Participants can attend any event from the start.

Performances:

  • Wednesday, 19 June:

o Waves 19:00

o A&E 20:00

o SubLiminal 21:15

  • Thursday, 20 June

o SubLiminal 14:00

o A&E 15:30

o Waves 17:00

  • Friday, 21 June

o Waves 18:00

o A&E 19:00

o SubLiminal 20:15

More information about the Festival and series of events is available on 电车痴汉’s website: /lica/degreeshow/ or on Instagram @inhabit_2024

A dedicated website for the festival will launch when the event opens on the evening of 19 June ()

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