Photo Friday: Futuristic Fashion

Art School Students on Hope Street, 1980s

Art School Students on Hope Street, 1980s

The Liverpool School of Art and Design annual Degree Show 2014 opens today and runs for two weeks, showcasing student work from Architecture, Fashion, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Interior Design and Popular Music Studies subject areas. This is an exhibition not to be missed and a highlight in Liverpool’s cultural calendar.

Here is what’s on show this year:

‘Students will be exhibiting pieces developed from a number of projects, including Graphic Design and Illustration, whose degree show features student work resulting from collaborations with a variety of external partners. Most notably, Liverpool-based independent football magazine ‘Spiel’, which asked students to respond to myths surrounding football as a way to further their magazine’s approach of offering a cultural perspective on the beautiful game.

The final year Fine Art exhibition, titled ‘Me, Myself and Art’ will show a diverse range of media, content and approaches to making and this is mirrored by an equally broad set of thematic strands ranging from Freudian symbolism, Celtic myth, Shakespearean drama, autobiography, social realism and a minimalist aesthetic. This year’s exhibition will be staged in LJMU’s Exhibition Research Centre, based on the ground floor of the John Lennon Art and Design Building, which has established itself as an international space for reflection on contemporary Fine Art practice.

The Interior Design graduates will be showing their final major project, which focus on one of five site locations selected by each student. The variety of spatial formats provided in these sites offers students the opportunity to continue and deepen their involvement with particular types of space which incorporate a number of functions. Collaborative work space, Accommodation, Leisure, Performance, Exhibition and Retail spaces have all been pursued. Each of these sites provided students with differing design parameters to consider in creatively exploring opportunities for redevelopment. The essential nature of the project is to create a framework within which students can explore and exhibit the knowledge and skills they have accumulated over the duration of their study.

Art School Dress Parade, 1950s
Art School Dress Parade, 1950s

Postgraduate students studying for the Master of Architecture (MArch) and MA Fine Art programmes will be showing their final projects. In an interesting development, students who are graduating on the History of Art degree won’t be exhibiting at the show. Instead, the students recently held a two-day research symposium at Tate Liverpool and will be using their curation skills to assist students studying other disciplines to exhibit their work in various areas of the John Lennon Art and Design Building. The show will also feature a fashion catwalk event of the Fashion Design students’ final work.’

 Our photographs today are taken from a box of recently discovered photographs and programmes from previous degree shows, to be added to the Art School Archive. We have not yet researched these two photographs, believed to be from the 1950s and 1980s, and would be very interested to hear from you if you recognise anyone. Access to material from the Art School Archive is by arrangement with the LJMU Archivist. There is also a selection of photographs from the archive available through our Digital Collections.

The exhibition opens to the public from Friday 30 May to 13 June, 10.00am – 6.00pm weekdays, 12.00noon – 6.00pm weekends.

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