MullenLowe Nova Awards, Degree Show One: The Digital Age Posted on


The annual MullenLowe Nova Awards are a chance to experience creativity at its best, and this year was no exception.

For the sixth year running, Degree Show One opened with a bang, as Central Saint Martins’ students showcased a range of exciting work across the following disciplines: fine art, photography, exhibition studies, moving image, art and science.

From media instillations to hanging sculptures and artifacts, the students managed to push boundaries with incredible artistic flair and imagination.

The MullenLowe Nova judging panel had the difficult task of choosing a shortlist of just four students from a total of 14 nominees put forward by course tutors. The expert judges spent the day meeting with students, hearing about their work and viewing the pieces as students compete for one of five coveted MullenLowe Nova Awards on offer.

This year, a consistent theme stood out; the concept of digital versus physical reality, with one student even going as far as creating an entire virtual experience to illustrate this concept. Throughout Degree Show One, works with a strong digital focus were on display, bringing to life the delights and dangers of digital.

The combined Arts and Science faculty was strongly represented with two students from this discipline being shortlisted for the MullenLowe Nova Awards. The idea of bringing art and science – two traditionally disparate practices – together, was a fascinating study in itself.

After much deliberation, four students from Degree Show One were chosen by the judges to compete for a coveted MullenLowe Nova Award, decided in July. They are:

Neale Willis – MA Photography, ‘Pardon the Dust’

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Naomi Ellis – BA Fine Art XD, ‘NFVisle’

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Sarah Craske – MA Art and Science, ‘Biological Hermeneutics’

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Julius Colwyn – MA Art and Science, ‘In the Midst of Things’

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(Photos courtesy of Vic Phillips: http://www.singlemaltteapot.com/)

These students will compete alongside ten others who will be shortlisted during the second judging day for Degree Show Two in June. Find out more about the shortlisted students from Show Degree Show One here.

The finale for the day was an exclusive VIP tour of Degree Show One for MullenLowe Group clients, staff and guests – led by Alex Schady, Fine Art Programme Leader at Central Saint Martins.

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It was a day spent satisfying the senses, wandering through surreal worlds and marvelling at the talent from some of the best and brightest artists of the future.