The Manchester School of Art at Manchester Metropolitan University today presents “All Eyes On You,” a huge digital exhibition celebrating the work and accomplishments of graduates.

The online exhibition presents the 2021 vintage from the fields of art and performance, design and media.

An exclusive “in conversation” event with the artists Yinka Ilori and Es Devlin with the author and presenter Miranda Sawyer will mark the start of the show this evening at 5.30 p.m., together with the start of the special digital platform “All Eyes on You” with profiles from Students and the opportunity to see their innovative and eye-catching work.

Following the kick-off event, there will be a live video jam night in which student work will be presented that has been edited by filmmaking alumni and will show more than 600 student work.

In parallel with the exhibition, a series of events will take place throughout June that will include keynote discussions and career-oriented events focused on helping students make connections.

The show ends with two nights of live music June 24-25 in a special event that comes with the Art School Live Festival. The event is led by technical staff from the Manchester School of Art along with students who are filming, editing and promoting the event as part of the university’s RISE project.

Professor Martyn Evans, Director of the Manchester School of Art, said: “We are excited and proud to celebrate the incredible hard work and accomplishments of our students over the past year. After an unprecedented year, our digital exhibition is a true celebration of creativity, dedication and resilience of our students. “

Gavin Parry, Head of Media at the Manchester School of Art, said, “The virtual storefront is the start of our celebration of the rich array of work that has been brought about by arts and performance, design and media students over the past year. The wealth and quality that they have produced over the past year are incredible and testify to the talent and commitment of our students as well as the commitment and support of their staff teams. “

All Eyes on You will be the second large digital shop window of the School of Art, after the show “In Progress” in 2020. The virtual showcase at the end of the year last year reached around 40,000 people, demonstrating its global reach.

Introducing “In Conversation” is Devlin, an Olivier Award winner and Royal Designer for Industry who has worked on a number of projects in the arts, opera, music and technology, including the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony with Ilori, a multidisciplinary artist who blends his British and Nigerian heritage in provocative and playful furniture and has exhibited his work in Europe, Africa and North America.

Writer Miranda Sawyer began her career writing smash hits, and her writing has appeared in Vogue, GQ, and the Guardian. She is now a radio critic and feature writer for The Observer.

Every year the Manchester School of Art invites alumni to develop their identity at the end of the year. This year’s identity was created by the Rice & Gold design studio, founded by Manchester School of Art Graphic Design (2008) graduates Jonny Wan and Muiz Anwar in The Guardian.

The design focuses on a modular set of concentric patterns of eyes rotating towards the center of the medium, showing that the student’s work is at the center. Its minimalism is typical of the Rice & Gold aesthetic sense, and the color palette is synchronized with Manchester’s iconic bee.


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