Creative Futures – celebrating the creative talent of Bath Spa students

14 May 2012 11:43:00

From 16 May to 20 June, Bath Spa University in association with Creative Bath will present an exciting programme featuring all end-of-degree events across the university.

Creative Futures is a month-long season of films, performances, events and degree shows, celebrating and showcasing the innovative and creative talent of Bath Spa students.

The season opens with a special Bath Chamber of Commerce and Business West drinks reception, hosted by the university's Vice-Chancellor Professor Christina Slade. Bath Spa University has established strong links with the local business community and is keen to encourage local companies to meet staff and students to explore future collaborative opportunities.

Ian Bell, Executive Director of the Bath Chamber of Commerce, said: "We recognise and greatly value the contribution that students from Bath Spa University already make to the local economy. We want to see that increase still further, so we are delighted to support Creative Futures and remain committed to working with the university to highlight the quality of skills, energy and fresh ideas that its graduates have to offer."

Other events on the bill include:

Creative Music Technology Degree Show – 23 May
An interactive exhibition of highly original work, featuring audio, multimedia and composition. Graduates from this course include internationally renowned DJs, producers and composers.

Drama & Performing Arts Showcase
Catch Performing Arts students in Punk Rock and A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Egg/Ustinov Theatre and in The Arsonists and A State of Silence at The Rondo.

Party in the City – 1 June
Bath Spa University Choir will join 2,000 other performers for the Party in the City, the opening event for the Bath International Music Festival. The Choir will perform John Cage's Musicircus at different points in the evening at both Bath Abbey and St Swithin's Church.

Bath School of Art & Design Degree Show – 9 to 17 June
Spread over ten days and two venues (Sion Hill and Elements Arts Space), this programme features the exciting creative output from graduating students on a range of degree programmes, including Graphic Communication, Textile Design for Fashion & Interiors, Photography & Digital Media, Three Dimensional Design, Creative Arts and Fine Art.

There's also an industry evening providing a dedicated opportunity for creative professionals to network with students and view their work.

Graduate Fashion Show – 20 June
As its grand finale, Creative Futures closes with the annual Bath Catwalk Show in The Forum, when Bath Spa Fashion students showcase their final collections with the help of professional models from London. The Catwalk Show is followed by a closing drinks reception for all the university's cultural partners across the region.

A printed programme providing full details will be available from key venues across Bath, and the listings are also available online at http://www.bathspa.ac.uk/creativefutures

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Christina Slade, said: "This year Creative Futures is shining the spotlight on the wealth of creative talent we have here at Bath Spa University.

"We are excited to present such a diverse programme of artistic events and very much look forward to sharing with you the extremely high quality of work produced by our enterprising staff and students."

Greg Ingham, Chair, Creative Bath, added: "The work of Bath Spa in fostering links between the university and local businesses is absolutely essential. Students need opportunity and knowledge of the sector. Businesses need fresh, bright new talent.

"Bath Spa has been closely involved with Creative Bath, the cluster for local creative businesses and professionals (www.creativebath.org). We've worked on a number of projects that help students build relationships with local companies and an understanding of the sector.

"So we're delighted to be a partner on the Creative Futures project. It's a great showcase for the emerging creative talent from the university and will further demonstrate how the students are contributing to the cultural fabric of the city. With 20 events packed into a season-in-a-month, Creative Futures is here to be experienced and celebrated."