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Degree Show June 21

Hundreds visit 2023 Degree Show at Spurriergate Centre

Hundreds of people enjoyed our Degree Show over the weekend, including the Lord Mayor of York who paid an impromptu visit on the opening night.

The three-day event was hosted at the Spurriergate Centre, the former church that is regarded as one of the oldest buildings in York, and started with a spectacular invitation-only opening night in which our BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Garment Technology students staged a live Fashion Show.

Our BA (Hons) Acting for Stage and Screen helped kick off the show in fine style, too, by recreating scenes from their Graduate Showcase at the York Theatre Royal last month.

On Saturday and Sunday, the doors were then thrown open to members of the public. who also admired some of the best examples of work produced this year on our BA (Hons) 3D Creative Practice, BA (Hons) Graphic and Communication Design and BA (Hons) Media Make-up, Special Effects and Hair Design courses.

The Lord Mayor of York, Chris Cullwick, was among those who decided to look in on the exhibition, having followed the buzz he heard from outside the building as he was walking past.

"I wasn't on an official visit but I have a long association with the building as I used to be one of its trustees, so I wandered in to have a look and I was very impressed with the creativity of the students and how well their work was exhibited in such a splendid space," he said.

Earlier, Sarah Barbacane, York College & University Centre Director of Curriculum: Professional & Commercial Industries, had opened the exhibition with an explanation of what visitors could expect to see.

Sharon Barrington, Deputy Head of Higher Education and Professional, also spoke about the "fantastic" collaboration between students from the different courses for their Degree Show creations.

She went on to praise BA Graphic and Communication Design student Katie Houlden who, with the help of our Marketing Department, designed the Degree Show's promotional material, including posters and the banner that was displayed outside The Spurriergate Centre.

Please find below a selection of pictures taken by David Harrison of the opening night...

If you missed out on the Degree Show or came along and would love to see more of our students' great work, then please visit our A Level Access Art and Design Creative Show which will run at our Sim Balk Lane campus from Friday, June 30 to Wednesday, July 5 (excluding July 2).
Work will be displayed on the above dates from 10am to 5pm.