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A stupendous sculpture! 

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Congratulations to the selected artists exhibiting as winners of a National Open Competition (NOC) at Motorcade/Flash Parade on Philip Street in Bedminster between 8-18 December. UWE Fine Art student Julie Coltman is showing her sculpture Familia (right), made from found materials including cardboard, industrial packaging, wood and tape. She describes it as "fragile, yet strong. It is changed somewhat each time it's installed so it's ever evolving."

The NOC was judged by artists including S. Mark Gubb, Cathy Lomax and Mandy Ure.

UPDATE: On a stormy night in Bedminster First Prize was awarded to UWE student Dan Just for his video work The Day Wayne Lloyd Told Me I Was Shit At Painting. That's an honest, if painful, title for a piece of work! Zanne Andrea, a recent UWE graduate, took Third Prize for A Clip, A Soundbite, A Lie. Zanne blogged her experience of completing her degree, which you can read here.

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!

100% Design Award 

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We are very excited and impressed by how well our recent graduates have performed at various prestigious art and design competitions. None more so than D3 graduate Suzie Button (one of our wonderful student ambassadors) who has won the 100% Design Award at New Designers 2011 for her sustainable seating design No News is Good News.

100% Design is the UK's foremost interiors event for the contract, hospitality and residential markets. Suzie will have a stand at the event to be held at Earl's Court between 22-25 September.

Suzie won the award in competition with 2,500 other students. The judges were bowled over by her work, latex covered stacks of newspapers which function as seating, and they loved the genuine sustainable thinking behind the work.

The Results are in... 

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Congratulations to Philippa Stewart (BA(Hons) Fashion/Textile Design) who has come first in both the Judges' prize AND the public vote for the place+environment project for her work Pull Yourself Together, scooping both £200 prizes! Both prizes have been very generously supported by the PLaCE Research Centre.

The Judges also highly commended the work of Hafiz Jessani (BA(Hons) Animation) for Save Our World and

Alicia Howitt (BA(Hons) Fine Art) for Tuscany.


The runner up in the public vote was a poster depicting jellyfish and plastic bags by D3* students.

Further information about the project and resulting exhibition can be found at

Its easy being green 

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Bower flower18-22 October is Sustainability Week and there are lots of events going on at Bower Ashton for you to get involved in.

Come and find out what makes a happy city at 4pm in room 0A2 today, when Mike Zeidler from the Association of Sustainability Practitioners will be giving a talk on how the power of happiness can help to shape events, strengthen communities and improve lives.

Why not swap your old, unwanted clothes for new ones at the clothes swap in the SU bar on Monday or Thursday, pick up some new books at the book exchange on Thursday, leave the car at home and walk or cycle to campus, or just indulge in a fair trade coffee at Traders or the SU bar.
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