Creative Degree Show highlights importance of Industry and University partnerships

Posted on Friday 9th June 2017

The University of Bolton Creative Degree Show 2017 launched last night (8 June 2017) to a packed audience of the students, industry professionals and avid fans all eager to see this year’s students masterpieces.

The annual show opened once again to a sensational turnout celebrating our major exhibition of the year and awards ceremony highlighting the excellence of local talent.


The show which runs till June 22, encapsulates a dynamic array of work representing a wide spectrum of courses reaching from the Art & Design disciplines, to Media, Creative Writing & Performing Arts, all underpinned by the Teaching Intensive, Research Informed ethos of the University.

The event was officially opened by the Director of the Castlefield Gallery Helen Wewiora, who explained the importance of artists to the cultural wellbeing of society and how it has been demonstrated that town’s that adopt an approach which embraces the arts benefit directly from it.

She said: ‘Bolton is a dynamic, post – industrial town where creativity and people are clearly at the heart of the town’ and that ‘Partnerships are important to the cultural and careers agenda’ adding ‘the enrichment of teaching experience that encourages original thinking and drives up engagement and prepares students for the world can be really aided through these partnerships.’

Head of School of the Arts, Sam Johnson added: ‘This year’s Creative Show really captures the diversity and high quality of student work across the Art and Design, Creative Writing, Media and Performance areas. It is always a huge privilege for me to share in these end of year celebrations and it was fantastic that so many of our supporters and sponsors from the Arts and Creative Industries attended to recognise our students’ achievements. Everyone in the School of the Arts has done a wonderful job!


A total of 25 prizes, shown below, were awarded to students across all arts disciplines. To view our students’ work, please visit

The Creative Show at the University of Bolton is also offering workshop sessions on Wednesday 21 June 2017 where Schools and Colleges are invited to learn what studying a creative subject at university may be like they aim to highlight different career paths subjects within the School of Arts can open up.

To register your interest simply Click Here, fill out the form and a member of the recruitment team will be in touch with you to customise your visit.

If you have any questions about the workshops, please email or call 01204 903807 for more information.


Creative Show Awards 2017

Animation and Illustration

Fig Taylor Award for Exemplary Studentship – Winner: David Anderson

Foundation Year

Heart Gallery Prize: Winner Natasha Mitchell

Andertoonz Cartoons Prize: Winner: Abbie Louise Detheridge

Fine Art

Vice Chancellor’s award - 12 month neo studio holder award + Professional development mentoring – Winner: Oliver Blight

Vice Chancellor’s award - 12 month neo studio holder award + Professional development mentoring - Winner: Emma Geddes

Neo artists 12 week studio user + £50 materials budget Winner: Rob Kirby

Neo artists 12 week studio user + £50 materials budget Winner: Joanne Whitworth

The Arts Society Prize a cheque for £200 Winner: Rob Kirby

The Castlefield Gallery Prize (12 months membership of the Castlefield Associate Scheme for mentoring professional artists). Winner: John Dempsey

Graphic Design

Fogg Associates Award (1 month placement): Beth Schofield

Fogg Associates Award (1 month placement): Nicola Murphy,

(Second Year) Summit Foods Award.  – Winner Julia Norris

(Second Year) Octagon Prize – Winner Jordi Williams

Interior Design

JM Architects “Industry Ready” prize

Winner: Nikos Papapetrou

Runner up: Kayleigh Jamieson

Performing Arts University Prize – Winner: Harry Maunsell


Neo artists 12 week studio user + £50 materials budget Winner Shemel Rose Thompson

Neo artists 12 week studio user + £50 materials budget Winner Kayleigh Waters

Redeye Student Photography Award

- one year free full Redeye membership

- automatic shortlisting for Lightbox 2017/18

- Blog featured on Redeye website Winner: Shemel Rose Thompson

Calumet Student Prize- Winner Barry Jewell £50 to spend at Calumet.

Textiles and Surface Design

Manchester Craft and Design Centre Pop Up Showcase Awards - Winners Carys Lavin and Tiffany Maksymow.

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair – Winners Carys Lavin and Chantelle Greenhalgh

AVA CAD CAM – Winner: Lyndsey Eatough

Woodchip and Magnolia – Winner: Beth Hunt

Edinburgh Weavers – Winner: Ana Vera Cruz