Each year third year BA Photography students host a city-wide degree show festival, showcasing the range of talents the university has to offer.
This year is no different, with Emerge, the 20th annual photo festival, due to open on May 23rd 2016. Venues ranging from Malt Cross to American Apparel, Emerge presents work from a wide array of genres. Still life to sports, fashion and documentary are all on show. Works raise issues around the perceptions of different cultures and genders, the exploration of family ties and the often ongoing problem of street harassment are all highlighted upon in 15 different venues across Nottingham City Centre.
The degree show committee, led by Robyn Evans and Danny Woodward, have been working hard all year to make this year’s festival the most successful yet. Collaborating with Lace Market bar Filthy’s, they successfully arranged a Throwback Thursday event, and a recent celebration of St Patrick’s Day to raise funds for the festival. They’ve also been hard at work setting up an online presence to showcase the best of the work for all to see, pushing the boundaries of the festival far outside the city centre. (emergephotofest.com).
“This year, the 20th NTU BA Hons Photography degree show festival is titled Emerge: To arise, materialise, come to light. These are just a few words that define the idea of Emerge, however they are most appropriate for our students as they conclude their final preparations for the degree show. The visual diversity reflects upon the depth and criticality of the curriculum. Our students are ambitious and confident and we have great belief in their future success as they enter the professional world of photography as our class of 2016.” – Max Kandhola, Course Leader
Platform’s Photo Editor Callum Baigrie will be following the students and the festival up to it’s opening at the end of May on their brand new website. In the meantime, follow student’s work in progress on Instagram, @emergephotofest, and for more updates from the School of Art and Design’s upcoming degree shows, follow #ntudegreeshow.
Esme Bozdere, Martin Fu, Patricia Tobin and Kezia White