Seems a while ago now, but behind the scenes at HCA, we were talking about what a successful time our recent graduates have enjoyed.
This summer, students exhibited, and won awards at, Graduate Shows in London organised by New Designers and Free Range, where they showed work from specialist arts BA (Hons) degree courses including Artist Blacksmithing, Contemporary Design Crafts, Textiles Design, Graphic and Media Design, Illustration, Photography, and Fine Art.
During the Graduate Shows work is judged, often by industry experts, and awards are given to students whose work stands out.
We have been delighted by how many of our graduates have been given special recognition this year, especially as their attendance at the shows has been largely self-funded, meaning that alongside their practical and academic work, they have also been fundraising to generate the exhibition fees. Among the many successful students this year are Leszek Sikon and Jacob Haggarty, both graduating from the College’s unique Artist Blacksmithing course. Leszek was given the New Designer of the Year ‘Runner Up’ Award, and was praised for his responsive and narrative approach to materials. Both Jacob and Leszek have also been ‘talent spotted’ by The Goldsmiths’ Centre – an acknowledgement that their skills and artistic expression are at the cutting edge of current British craft and design. Also at New Designers, Illustration student Max Low was offered a work placement at Hallmark Cards where he will contribute his creativity and distinctive style to a leading greetings card studio.
The Photography students from HCA exhibited as the ‘HCA Collective’ at the Free Range show. Of the many universities exhibiting in the vast three storey space at The Old Truman Brewery building, the HCA Collective were given the coveted ‘Best Collective’ Award for their exhibition. For the HCA Collective to have won this prize is another proud moment for both the students and the tutors at Hereford College of Arts - as these awards clearly demonstrate the exciting talent of HCA’s students, the value of a specialist arts education, and the quality of teaching at HCA.