graduate special: free range

The UK’s largest art and design graduate talent exhibition ‘Free Range’ returns to East London’s Old Truman Brewery from tomorrow for an eight-week showcase of new British art and design talent. Free Range has established itself as the authoritative identifier for tomorrow’s best young creative talent. In addition to the highly successful ‘Fashion’ category launched last year, a new ‘Motion Arts’ exhibition is introduced. These disciplines will join photography, art, graphic design and interior design.

In addition to providing talent with a prominent platform for their work, Free Range collaborates with leading industry figures and institutes to facilitate introductions with new creative talent. For the second year Free Range will also collaborate with D&AD to present their annual ‘New Blood’ showcase, selecting the best graduates in graphic design, visual communication and advertising.

There is a lot to see at Free Range. The work of Winchester student Rebecca Hunt with her collection exploring the medium of computer-based and hand-drawn marks on translucent surfaces focuses on linear lines and geometric shapes.  Juu Hau Zane, the designer behind ‘Urban Dweller’, has been inspired by his Chinese roots and a ‘foreign view’; he explores how his interaction with the West has not only changed his design vision but also his lifestyle. A 1930’s photo album was the inspiration behind Felicity Gray’s collection of clean cut silhouettes and detailing. Asymmetric, opaque and sheer layers create illusions of proportion and depth, and of tissue paper in between pages in old photo albums.

Free Range will commence with a private view on the 2nd June before opening to the public on 3rd.

The 2011 weekly schedule will be as follows:

Week One: Fashion and Design

Week Two: Design

Week Three: Photography

Weeks Four: Photography

Week Five: ‘New Blood’ (in collaboration with D&AD)

Week Six: Art

Week Seven: Interior Architecture

Week Eight: Motion Arts

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