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Unmute Photo: Photography Graduate Showcase 2021

Unmute Photo are a collective of third-year BA (Hons) Photography students, who are preparing for their graduate showcase which will be launching throughout May and June. We caught up with Nathan McGill, Duke Agbeko and George Harris to find out all of the latest information about the collective and what the showcase involves.

What can we expect from your grad show?

As we come to the end of our degree, we are channelling our energy to produce a multifaceted virtual exhibition, limited edition physical zine, silent auction and a series of industry talks. Our website and silent auction will be hosted in May, followed by our industry talks across the month of June.

Our silent auction features some incredible photo books and prints from British and internationally based photographers such as Edward Burtynsky, Rankin and Sunil Gupta. The auction will be hosted for two weeks from 9 May 2021 and can be viewed here.

And what about the industry talks?

We will be hosting a series of industry insights with leading professionals in the creative industry, including Stanley Barker Books, Max Mierchowski, Chris Hoare and Briam Homer of The Handsworth Self-Portrait Project. You can follow us on Instagram to find out more about dates and further developments with the artist talks.

How have you been preparing for the photography grad show?

We have been building our social media presence which began with an Instagram account where we have been consistently promoting the work of the graduating students. We have also used the account to host Q&As, to give students space to express themselves and offer viewers insight into the many personalities involved in the show. In developing our online identity, we have built some publicity for the show which we plan to extend further through paid advertising.

What are you looking forward to the most?

Actively engaging with the creative artists’ talks and the ability to proudly exhibit our work at the end of our degree. Having worked hard over the past three years, we’ve come a long way as creatives, with our creative direction constantly developing as individuals and as a cohort. Coming to the end of our degree, although daunting, we’re looking forward to breaking into industry and starting our creative careers. We believe our determination against all the odds this past year will elevate our place in the creative industry.

Why should students get involved?

Other students should get involved as they will be able to make exciting connections with the industry professionals of tomorrow. Students who are studying other forms of Visual Communication should also get involved as they may be interested in the work that is displayed and want to collaborate with us in the future.

By supporting our graduate showcase financially, whether that be donating to our fundraiser or bidding in our auction, you will be supporting the next generation of photography graduates to fulfil their vision and build their creative legacy.

How is this graduate show different from last year’s?

This is a complete digitisation of our exhibition! Whilst the class of 2020 had to alter physical plans to digital, our showcase consists of a multifaceted array of events that previous years haven’t.

You can support Unmute Photo’s graduate showcase by donating to their fundraiser or following them on Instagram or Facebook.

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