The summer weather outside  may be a bit grim, but inside the University of Bolton is full of bright colours, concepts and designs for the 2013 Creative Degree Show.

The annual show is a celebration of all things innovative and creative at the University, from Fine Art and Photography to Textiles and Graphics. It is a chance for the University’s artistically gifted students to demonstrate their graduate skills through inventive, original and thought-provoking work. 

This year, the Show welcomed back retired Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Peter Marsh, to open proceedings. He said: ‘It is lovely to be back amongst old friends and colleagues, especially for such a great occasion.

‘In my 20 years here, the Degree Show has grown and taken on many different guises across three different locations, from Great Moor Street, to Chadwick Campus, and to the wonderful facilities we see here today at Senate House. But what hasn’t changed in all of that time is our students’ talent and enthusiasm.’

On display at the Show is everything from highly individualised, experimental art inspired by personal experiences to nature and flora-inspired Textile and Surface Design.

Concepts in Textile and Surface Design ranged from the geometric shapes of the outdoors to Hollywood starlets of the 1950s. Third year Textiles student, Laura Potter, said: ‘My designs are inspired by insects and unusual organic forms and flowers.’

Fellow Textile and Surface Design student, Deva Booth, added: ‘The course has been very challenging but a great experience. The first year was difficult as it was a real jump in the level of design expected. But in the last two years I’ve really developed as a designer.’

Head of Textiles Donna Claypool said: ‘I’m very proud of this year’s students - the standard of work is very high. To produce this level of professional work is outstanding.’    

Donna and her students are set to exhibit their work at this year’s New Designers Show in London, one of the textile and design industry’s hottest and most prestigious events.

From cutting edge fashion textiles to Graphics with a conscience; working with homeless charity, Shelter, final year Graphic Design student, Rakesh Patel, designed and developed a book of 12 short stories of homeless people. Called ‘Rough’, its aim is to raise awareness of homelessness in the Bolton area.

He said: ‘After graduation I’ll be looking to get the book published. Working with Shelter was a powerful experience. I couldn’t have completed my work without them.’

 Thomas Leed’s Graphics work is designed to get children to play outside and combat Seasonal Affective Disorders. He said: ‘In a world more and more dominated by the screens of computers, consoles, tablets and smartphones my work, Go Play Outdoors, is designed to get children back out playing in daylight.’

At the launch, Interior Design student, Karen Whittle, won a prize for her final project from Jasper Sanders, Head of Interior Design at Building Design Partnership (BDP).

Jasper said: ‘Karen’s work was a confident piece of design. It demonstrated a natural talent and skill and wasn’t fixated on fancy, over-elaborate presentation.  It was just a great piece of clean, concise and confident design work.’

For her winning project, Karen redesigned Bolton’s historic Smithills Coaching House. On winning, Karen said: ‘I’m still in shock, it was amazing to hear my name. But, and I’m not just saying this, all the work on show would have been worthy winners. It is an amazing class and group of designers.’




Academic Group Leader for Arts, Design and Languages, Sam Johnson said: ‘Every year I think that the Creative Degree Show just can't get any better, but, as always, this year's Show has gone above and beyond all expectation.’

She added:  ‘The artistic flair and talent of our students never fails to impress me. It has been a pleasure to work alongside them to get the show ready. Their determination and dedication to their chosen subject really is an inspiration.’ 

The full Creative Degree show includes work from the University courses of Animation and Illustration, Architectural Technology, Art and Design, Art and Design Foundation, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Media, Photography, Property Development and Design for Interiors, MA Photography and Textile and Surface Design. 

The Creative Degree Show is open to the public until Friday 24 May