News / 23 Jan 2024

Extended Diploma students exhibit at Kirkgate Market

Extended Diploma in Creative Practice

Two photographs of the same model wearing an outfit made of ruffled shapes in yellows and browns

Britney Williamson, Extended Diploma in Creative Practice, Fashion and Textiles pathway

Large scale painting of a flower and other abstract images wrapping round a corner in an industrial building

Amy Porter-Grainger, Extended Diploma in Creative Practice, Fine Art pathway

Close up photographs of a book bound with thread, with sheets of handmade paper

Emilia Nightingale, Extended Diploma in Creative Practice, Fashion and Textiles pathway

Pixelated digital image looking down on a table with a red and white table cloth, next to an image looking down on a staircase

Extended Diploma in Creative Practice, Graphic Communication pathway

Conscious Creatives, a pop-up exhibition and art market from second year Extended Diploma in Creative Practice students, is set to open at Kirkgate Market, Leeds.

Conscious Creatives is the culmination of a second Extended Diploma brief exploring sustainability. Each pathway, Graphic Communication, 3D Design, Fine Art and Fashion Textiles, approaches themes around sustainability differently, with students addressing issues around social, economic and environmental sustainability in their work. For some students this meant challenging unsustainable practices within their specialist area. For others, it involved using their skills to make Leeds a more socially sustainable city by focusing on play, relaxation, fitness and health or how the environment of Leeds could be improved. For all the students it encouraged serious thought and engagement in how they can take on the responsibilities and opportunities of being a ‘conscious creative’.

The pop-up exhibition is a presentation of posters that summarise each student’s project. The art market encourages the students to consider the economic sustainability of their own practice by translating their artwork into products or multiples to sell to the public.

The exhibition and art market are hosted by Leeds Kirkgate Market, an ongoing relationship that has been extremely valuable for the students’ experience of working towards a live brief. The exhibition opens on Thursday 25 January down ‘Old Butchers Row’ in Kirkgate Market and runs indefinitely. The art market is also on the 25 January in the food hall between 12.30 and 3.30pm.

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