Monday, 26 June 2017

New Designers Visitor Information

This Year's New Designers exhibitions are coming up at the Business Design Centre in Islington.
Visiting independently (or in groups) is a great way to start to familiarise yourself with getting around London and seeing Galleries (a really valuable thing to be confident about before you progress).
The show that you visit should be determined by what your intentions for progression/careers are. Everyone should visit at least one of the exhibitions:

PART 1: 28th June to 1st July
- Textiles & Fashion
- Costume Design
- Jewellery & Precious Metalwork
- Ceramics & Glass
- Contemporary Design Crafts

PART 2: 5th July to 8th July
- Furniture
- Product & Industrial Design
- Spatial Design
- Graphic Design
- Illustration
- Animation
- Motion & Digital Arts

These shows feature the best work from hundreds of Creative Degrees across the UK. Visiting is a great way to get an impression of the kind of work produced on a wide range of Higher Education courses and should help you to make informed choices about your progression. Staff and students from the various Art Colleges/Universities are always around in the exhibition, you can pick up prospectuses and ask questions.
Whether you intend to progress or not this is a valuable opportunity, the work is inspiring, and it is a great place to get a feel for different Art and Design careers. As a mandatory part of the BTEC Extended Diploma Unit 5 (Contextual Influences) you are required to see work first hand and analyse it, so there will be some follow up work for you to complete after their visit.
Loads of information can be found by exploring the excellent New Designers website:

Tickets: If you take student ID the cheapest way to visit is to buy a ticket on the door (£12.50), tickets booked in advance are £12 (but £1.50 booking fee is added), on the door without ID is £16. 

Getting There: The easiest way to get there is by train and tube. From London Waterloo catch the Bakerloo Line South 2 stops to Elephant and Castle, change and then take the Northern Line (City branch) Northbound 6 stops to ANGEL (this is usually quicker than going via Euston). From Angel tube it is a 5 minute walk to the Business Design centre, as you come up the escalators to street level exit the station and keep going in the same direction towards Islington Green, just before the Green itself you will find the Business Design Centre slightly set back on the left (you will need to cross Upper Street to get there).  The Address is 52 Upper Street, N1 0QH.

You can travel independently, with parents or in groups. We are happy if you wish to go on a weekday (when the exhibitions are likely to be a little quieter).
If affording the visit is difficult we would ask you to talk to us, there is a College Fund (means tested) that can be used to support essential Course expenses such as this.

You should allow at least 3 hours for their visit, there is a lot to see and information for their Design Diary assignment will need to be gathered. New

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