Summer of shows at Leeds Arts University

23 June 2021

‘In these four walls’, the University’s digital undergraduate degree show, will launch on 5 July, following a successful summer showcase featuring the University’s Further Education students

In these four walls features over 600 works of contemporary art, animation, illustration, graphic design, film, fashion, textiles, creative advertising, music and photography, from across fourteen undergraduate courses, presented digitally by the UK’s next generation of artists, designers, musicians and creative entrepreneurs.

Professor Simone Wonnacott, Vice-Chancellor, said: “When we held our undergraduate summer show digitally for the first time ever last year, we had no idea if we would continue to be as restricted twelve months on. Our students adapted quickly and stepped up to the challenge, producing work of the highest standard. They continue to demonstrate their agility and innovation through their work, offering up their best pieces to display throughout the summer.

“We are all incredibly proud of the commitment they’ve shown and can’t wait to showcase their hard work to an even wider collective of creative industries, businesses and the arts community.”

In these four walls marks the culmination of three years’ 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.

'in these four walls' animation

The 2021 show branding In these four walls was designed by final year BA (Hons) Graphic Design student Oscar Corbishley. His theme is designed to resonate with students who have had to create much of their work during lockdown, exploring the idea of remaining creative and inspired while having to isolate from the very things and people that can often trigger ideas.

Oscar said: “The created typeface is very condensed and packed – in to reflect how students have felt at times over the last year, however the bold font style is a tale of triumph over adversity and shows the astonishing way we have confronted these challenges and continued to be resourceful, tapping into University facilities while restrictions allowed, and continuously producing phenomenal pieces of work.”

BA (Hons) degree courses featured are Animation, Creative Advertising, Fashion Design, Fashion Photography, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Textile Design and Visual Communication. Courses exhibiting for the first time this year are Comic and Concept Art, Fashion Branding and Communication, Filmmaking, and Popular Music Performance.