DigiFest - students curate local art exhibition

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Students from the School of Visual Communication were recently given the exciting opportunity to create a project that celebrates all things digital, from hi tech, to low tech and no tech.  

Digifest was all about team work, as students from both Visual Communication and the School of Art collaborated to produce and curate the exhibition.

The 11 students that were responsible for the organisation of the project were able to gain invaluable experience in curating a live exhibition. For the rest of the students Digifest was a chance for them to bring their work to life!

“Digifest encouraged students to consider 'digital' as being more than just a medium to create work, it encouraged them to explore how digital technology can be used to transform an idea or a concept” said current student and member of the curating team, Caitlin.

The curation team advertised the call for work via email and Instagram, in order to reach their peers and were fairly rigorous with their selections. Applicants had to provide a full description about their work before submissions were assessed to find the most suitable  pieces for the exhibition.

Students also got the chance to explore ideas and inspiration from other artists.  Renowned Graphic Artist Patrick Thomas, gave a fantastic talk about his work and gave advice on getting on in the industry as a creative:

Caitlin’s advice for future students is to collaborate as much as possible, as she believes it plays a key part in encouraging creativity and is essential for sharing ideas and learning from each other.

Visual Communication lecturer, Jo Berry said about the event;  

“…it’s really good for the student’s CV’s and theory practice, and it worked!  One of the students created all the show reels, which is fantastic – there’s lots of technical skills being learnt here too.  They’ve pulled it off.  …I think the students will gain confidence and they will have worked collaboratively with others. It’s an opportunity for them to show their work and to be involved in something that’s current.  It’s also a chance to test things out before their degree shows too, which is really important.”

DigiFest took place at Minerva Works in Digbeth, Birmingham, in March.

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