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UCA prepares to welcome thousands for annual art showcase

From jaw-dropping fashion pieces to eye-opening animations, there’s just weeks to go until we open our doors once more for the annual graduation shows that take place throughout June.

Previous years have seen visitors attend in their thousands to view students’ creative and unique masterpieces. Last year’s show had visitors queuing up to try out a fully-immersive Virtual Reality (VR) experience created by Digital Film & Screen Arts student Rob Adams, while a huge installation of sour milk mixed with vinegar, produced by Canterbury Fine Art student Kayleigh Baker, created a completely different kind of interactive art experience.

This year’s public exhibitions will begin on 8 June at Farnham, 9 June at Rochester, 16 June at Epsom and 17 June at Canterbury. All exhibitions will be open for UCA’s open day on Saturday 17 June.

Rob said of the reaction his work received at last year’s show: “We’ve had an amazing reaction, completely unexpected.

“We took inspiration from the old Window’s Media Player visualisers and made a crazy VR playroom where people can have fun and interact, whilst we VJ (video jockey) particle effects in to virtual reality.”

The shows take place across UCA’s four campuses and feature work from graduating pre-degree and degree students, demonstrating the breadth of work created by students, while offering visitors the chance to spot the creative talent of the future. 

“For those that visited the degree show and had the opportunity to see and experience it for themselves, the smell was no doubt the thing that they noticed most,” said Kayleigh on the reaction to her piece, which was designed to create a powerful art experience that extended beyond what visitors could see.

For the complete list of opening times for each campus show, click here.