Cumbria launches new website showcasing talents of more than 120 artists 

Cumbria launches new website showcasing talents of more than 120 artists 

2020Vision is virtual gallery giving University of Cumbria arts graduates a clear platform to show off their skills developed over the last three years. 

A total of 129 final-year students at the university’s Institute of the Arts have teamed up with lecturers to collaborate with Manchester web outfit 34SP to create the site – 2020Vision.gallery.  

The university’s Brampton Road campus in Carlisle, which has been a creative arts campus for 70 years, is usually transformed each summer by its talented students completing an array of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. 

Lockdown restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic mean that this year the traditional celebration has moved online for the first time.  

2020Vision is a showcase featuring the work of more than 100 artists awarded degrees this year across 11 different fields, ranging from photography, graphic design and illustration to performing arts and games design. 

The digital degree showcase also provides the new graduates with the opportunity to extend their reach beyond normal geographic boundaries and influence a much wider audience, including potential employers and other industry professionals. 

They include Michelle Lam and Lorna de Mello, who have been awarded first class honours degrees in Film and TV. 

‘After the Rain’, their short six-minute documentary made together with fellow final-year student Thomas Thorne, provides a snapshot of the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, when strict lockdown measures were in place including only being allowed to go out once a day to exercise. 

Lorna, 21, of Mawbray on the Cumbrian coast, added: “Lockdown meant that we were in the perfect position to adapt to the situation we found ourselves in. Resilient, we were putting our skills to the test by being more creative, being innovative and coming up with new ways of working whilst still working to the same deadline for our final project. The support from University of Cumbria these last three years has allowed us to do that and shine; it is a real community, a family.” 

Cameron Paterson, who lives in Ayr, Scotland, has seen his final-year project - a two-part documentary photography series entitled “One Man Tells Tales” and Other Parts – picked up by influential photography networking website The Pupil Sphere. 

Gaining a first-class honours degree in photography, Cameron said: “The facilities at Brampton Road were what really made my mind up about joining University of Cumbria.  The dark room, the studios and the support of the technicians in the lab, our lecturers and small class sizes where you’ve always had a chance for one-to-ones with staff have been a massive factor for me these last three years. 

“It has been a terrible blow not to have our physical show but I got together with the others on my photography course to make our own website, Photosight, which is now part of 2020Vision. It is great that we’re able to celebrate in this way and show off our work.” 

Senior lecturer Dwayne Bell, programme leader on the university’s BA (Hons) Illustration degree who helped to co-ordinate the 2020Vision project, said: “This year coronavirus has cheated us out of our physical degree show exhibition, so we’ve gone online to celebrate our students’ achievements in completing their creative journey at University of Cumbria. 

“We hope people will enjoy browsing the online exhibition over a glass of wine or a cup of tea. Hopefully normal service will be resumed next year and we’ll be able to welcome people back to our wonderful Brampton Road campus and Vallum Gallery for the full-on live experience.” 

University of Cumbria has a dedicated team on hand to help anyone who is interested in starting university this year.  

Whether you still need to apply, are looking for a course, have changed your mind about the course you have chosen or are looking for a career change, the university’s Clearing hotline is now open. Call 0808 178 7373 or go online at https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/clearing