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UNBOXED Festival

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Published date 30 October 2019


This year’s graduating students from MA Applied Imagination in the Creative Industries are showcasing their work as part of UNBOXED FESTIVAL, curated and organised by students. Members of the public can drop in on Thursday 5 December and hear more about students’ work and join an interactive workshop about how to apply your imagination.

Wednesday 4 December, 6.30pm – 9.00pm: Private View (invite only)

Friends and family of graduating students and industry partners and colleagues will be invited to an exciting programme of events curated and organised by students, including a welcome and introduction from course tutors and graduating students. There will be talks by leading professionals, such as Shanice Mears, co-founder of The Elephant Room and one of Management Today’s '35 under 35', and artists David Speed and Adam Brazier, who founded Graffiti Life which works with global brands like Nike and Disney.

Thursday 5 December, 12.00pm – 6.00pm: Students’ Un-boxing (open to the public)

Students will showcase their work through boxes, which will visibly dominate the space as visitors enter and will be arranged to look like installations. As students use the boxes to present their processes, outcomes, and concepts, they will be like street artists who interact and immerse with the visitors. Each student’s presentation will last approximately 15-30 minutes.

This act of unboxing processes and concepts by graduating students gave this year’s festival its name, and also pertains to a student’s ‘state of mind’ after the one-year journey on this unique course. UNBOXED also signifies a moment in time when project outcomes are 'revealed' to the world for the very first time.

Thursday 5 December, 2.00pm – 2.45pm: Think. Create. Speak. Inspire. (open to the public)

This interactive workshop will explore the true value of applying your imagination. It will be delivered by Richard Holman, who has worked for 15 years as a Creative Director, creating design and branding for clients such as the BBC, Discovery, Nat Geo, Sky, ITV and CANAL+.

Richard now spends much of his time writing and speaking about the creative process, inspiring people and brands to have better ideas. He has run workshops on the creative process in Stockholm, Paris, Mumbai, Singapore and London; he has a podcast called ‘The Wind Thieved Hat’ and is a regular contributor to publications such as Creative Review. Richard will share his vast experience and learning, emphasising the importance of imaginative creativity for humanity.