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Animation for a good cause 

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A UWE Animation student, Lottie Kingslake, has animated a film to accompany a new song by Les Veale of LVM Publishing, I Just Wondered Why. The song describes how a visitor from another world may view human behaviour on Earth and its aim is to raise awareness of global environmental issues with 25% of the takings from download sales to be donated to Greenpeace and the Wildlife Trust.

Lottie's opportunity to animate the song came via UWE's Enterprise Office. You can view the film on YouTube where you can also find out where to download the track.

It'll be entered into a number of film and media competitions so we wish everyone involved the best of luck!

Acclaim for UWE Photography student 

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Congratulations to recent Photography graduate Ibolya Feher, who has been garnering recognition for her work from several quarters. She was a finalist in the London Street Photography Festival, from which the above photograph comes, and she was also a finalist in the South West Graduate Photography Prize (alongside fellow UWE graduate Luke Archer).

In addition she was the runner up in the "Photographer of the Year" category in the prestigious Guardian Student Media Awards, announced at a ceremony in London a couple of days ago. The shortlist was selected from 648 entries across nine categories and the judging panel included the Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger and the campaigner Heather Brooke.

Mini Print 2011 

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The 26th Annual Mini Print Exhibition, presented by UWE's Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR), will be held at Foyle's Bookshop in Cabot Circus between 2 December and 5 February. This year's event is sponsored by John Purcell Paper, London.

The exhibition will showcase a limited edition of unique prints made by staff from UWE's Department of Art and Design and students on the MA Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking course. Each print is a maximum 3 x 4 inches and the subject and medium are decided by each of the 30 individual artists whose work is on show. Prints are for sale from Foyles at £18 each (unframed). 

The annual exhibition has been running since 1986 and the CFPR also has mini prints from previous years available to view and buy.

UWE student at the Bristol Encounters Film Festival 

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Emma Windsor, a student on the MA Animation course at UWE, is showing her film MiLK HaRE at the Bristol Encounters Film Festival at the Arnolfini this Wednesday (16 November) at 16:00 and again on Sunday 20 November at 12:00. Emma has a passion for 'the Gothic, the macabre and the downright odd' and her film is a drama/horror in stop-motion and 2D animation, based on the belief in Nordic countries that witches steal cream with a 'Milkhare', a creature brought to life with the witch's own blood.

Find out more about Emma and the film and see a trailer at or on youtube.

This is the 17th Encounters Festival (comprising Animated Encounters and Brief Encounters) which has become one of the world's best-known showcases for new and established short film and animation talent.

Well done Emma!

A great name for an exhibition! 

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A UWE Fine Arts graduate, Jack Newling, is exhibiting at the fabulously named Your Garden Is Looking A Mess Could You Please Tidy It Up. The exhibition will be held at the Payne Shurvell Gallery, 16 Hewett Street, London EC2A 3NN between 4 November and 17 December (Wednesday-Saturday, 11:00-18:00). Other artists whose work is on display include Sir Peter Blake and Bruce McLean.

The exhibition takes as its starting point an icon of twentieth century design: the Marlboro flip-top cigarette box first introduced in 1955. It aims to explore the notion of 'print' in its widest sense, and its future in a shifting landscape which is becoming less about the physical and more about the virtual.

Jack's work for the exhibition draws on his preoccupation with late night shopping sprees, taking familiar items from 24/7 garages and proposing we look at them in a different, more unsettling, way.

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