Artists Celebrated at Annual University Graduation Show


The University of Cumbria Institute of Arts opens its doors to welcome visitors and allow them to appreciate the work of its final year students.

Reconnect is the Institute’s 2022 undergraduate degree fair.

The annual event is a showcase showcasing the work of this year’s 96 final year students in a variety of fields including film and television, fine art, game design, graphic design, illustration, photography and wildlife media.

The University of Cumbria’s Brampton Road campus, home to the Institute of Arts, is turning its studios into free exhibition galleries open to visitors.

Reconnect runs from Monday, June 6 through Friday, June 10 and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

A private vernissage event for guests, family and friends takes place on the evening of Friday, June 10, before a university open day and family visit to the Brampton Road campus on Saturday, June 11, from 10 a.m. at 14h.

Those unable to attend Reconnect in person can take advantage of final year student work online –

Sarah Bonner, Senior Lecturer at the Institute of the Arts, University of Cumbria, said: “The Institute of the Arts annual show is a great opportunity for our students to showcase their talents, celebrate the culmination of their studies and connect with their audience. . The variety of work included in the show is a testament to the skill, creativity and effort practiced by our students. We are very happy to share this work publicly and celebrate the success of these students as they progress in their future careers. »

Photography student Freya Kelly is one of 96 students exhibiting their work at Reconnect.

An animal lover and following her own experience adopting a dog, Freya’s end-of-year project focuses on promoting the value of rescue dogs, with the goal of helping each animal find its own forever home.

Freya used a documentary style, in monochrome, to explore the unique personalities of these special dogs, inviting viewers to focus on each animal’s temperament and character, rather than being influenced by appearance.

Knowing your dog’s needs and traits, before committing to rescuing a dog, helps prevent mismatches and the possibility of a family change.

Freya is now dedicated to educating the public about the challenges of pet adoption and broader pet care issues, but more importantly, recognizing the joy and sense of fulfillment in fostering a pet from rescue in your life.

She says: I wanted to give something back to Oak Tree’s Animal Charity who cared for our black Labrador Suzie, who we adopted from them in 2019. For the project, I focused primarily on dogs that had a bit more trust hard to find, to promote them and help find their forever home. My goal was to highlight each individual personality and unique character, as opposed to age, race and general appearance – so I shot the footage in a documentary style to let personality and traits shine through. eccentricities of the dog.”

Reconnect is free and open to visitors.

Those interested in studying at the University of Cumbria, including its Institute of the Arts, can find out more about upcoming open days at


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