Leeds Arts University announces first digital degree show

10 June 2020

Leeds Arts University, the North of England’s only specialist arts university, launches its first digital undergraduate degree show on 1 July 2020. 

Leeds Arts University Show features over 500 works of contemporary art, animation, illustration, graphic design, fashion, textiles, creative advertising and photography, from across ten undergraduate courses, presented digitally by the UK’s next generation of artists, designers and creative entrepreneurs.

Image: Emerson Pullman, Fleeting, 2020. BA (Hons) Fine Art 

Leeds Arts University supports students to question ideas, experiment and respond to the world in creative and radical ways with world-class teaching in state-of-the-art facilities. As a result of lockdown, the University will host its annual end of year show on the University’s website after graduating students completed their studies at home, supported by online teaching and resources. 

Image: Zoe Buckley, Above Blue Tin Roofs, Deafness, 2020. BA (Hons) Illustration 

Vice-Chancellor Professor Simone Wonnacott said:

“Our undergraduate show is a great focus and celebration for students and staff alike. I am immensely proud of our students and the mature and resourceful ways in which they have risen to the challenges of presenting their final year projects online. 

“And, while we are deeply saddened that this year’s cohort will not have the opportunity to show their work within the University buildings due to Covid-19, the digital format presents an opportunity for many more friends, family, industry professionals and those looking for creative inspiration and stimulation to experience this visually stunning and ambitious online exhibition.”

Image: Joanne Dunne, BA (Hons) Textile Design 

Leeds Arts University Show 2020 marks the culmination of three years’ studio-focused creative study by final-year undergraduate students. Students are given access to industry throughout their courses, enabling many to contribute to the arts and cultural sector in Yorkshire and further afield after graduation. Well-known alumni include artists Barbara Hepworth, Damien Hirst, Henry Moore and Georgina Starr; wallpaper artist Deborah Bowness; filmmaker Clio Barnard and comedian Leigh Francis aka Keith Lemon.

BA (Hons) degree courses featured in the Leeds Arts University Show 2020 are Animation, Creative Advertising, Fashion, Fashion Photography, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Textile Design and Visual Communication.

Running concurrently with the undergraduate show, are online exhibitions for two of our further education courses - the Extended Diploma in Art & Design and Access to HE Diploma (Art & Design).  

Leeds Arts University Show 2020: 1 July – 30 September 2020