Monthly Archives: July 2015

Lincoln designer to light up new music night

A young designer will be lighting up a new music event when it launches in Lincoln this summer.

Jacked is a national house music event which takes place at venues across the UK, and it will be launching at the University of Lincoln’s award-winning Engine Shed venue in August 2015.


James Leddington, a Product Design student from the University of Lincoln’s School of Architecture & Design, has now been commissioned to design and produce a bespoke lighting display for the event.

James, who will begin his second year of study in September 2015, will create the display ahead of the Jacked launch night on 30th August. It will be placed as a feature in front of the DJ setup and will act as a focal point for the event.


James said: “I am really excited by this project; it is an amazing opportunity for me to develop my interpersonal and design skills as well as gaining some crucial experience working with an external client, managing my own project and creating something that I can use in my portfolio.”

The final design will be developed by James over the summer, using CAD & Rhino software to complete the project.

Story Credits: Elizabeth Allen

Frequency Festival Internships


We’re pleased to announce that we have 11 exciting internship opportunities available for Frequency Festival 2015 – follow the links below for more information and to apply. This is a great opportunity to work for an internationally-facing digital culture festival and deadlines are approaching fast so get your applications in!

Festival Production Assistant Internship – two posts available

Festival Technical Support Internship

Festival Media Production Internship

Festival Marketing Assistant Internship – two posts available

Festival Assistant Internship – two posts available

Festival Branding and Design Internship – two posts available

Festival Curatorial Internship

These internships will run as part of our RADAR scheme in partnership with Threshold Studios, all applicants must have graduated from the College of Arts within the last three years.

N.B. An insider has told us that Antenna Centre (Threshold Studios’ Nottingham home) where you will be spending some of your time, serves the greatest sweet potato fries. If that’s not a reason to apply, we don’t know what is!

Creative Advertising students’ success at D&AD New Blood Awards

One of the most sought after prizes in the international design industry has been awarded to a young student for his poignant reflection on fatherhood which brought one of the judging panel to tears.

Tom Watkins, a second-year undergraduate studying Creative Advertising at the University of Lincoln, UK, received a coveted Black Pencil at the annual Design & Art Direction (D&AD) New Blood Awards for his children’s book, ‘When I’m A Dad’.The awards are recognised around the world as setting the standard for international creative excellence, with thousands of students, graduates and young creatives entering their design projects into the competition each year.

Entrants are invited to respond to one of 10 creative briefs for big-name brands, which this year included Facebook, John Lewis, Nationwide and npower. Judges select a winner from each category to receive a Yellow Pencil, and these winners are then considered by another expert panel for the top award – a Black Pencil – an accolade presented to only the very best creations each year.

Tom was one of only three designers to receive a Black Pencil at the 2015 awards ceremony. His children’s book responded to a brief from WeTransfer to “envision the person you’ll be in 10 years through illustration”.

He said: “My When I’m A Dad project was born out of pure honesty. I had to envisage myself in 10 years’ time through illustration and although work was high on the initial list, I felt that being a dad meant something more, and so the project was born.

“It feels surreal that my project was awarded so highly. I never even slightly imagined that it would go down so well, let alone reduce one of the judges to tears! Above all, the whole project has been so much fun, and no doubt something I can look back on fondly in 10 years’ time!”

As part of his prize, Tom will now have the opportunity to attend the New Blood Academy to hone his skills with industry leading figures and build his network of creative contacts.

Mike Belton, Programme Leader for Creative Advertising at the University of Lincoln’s School of Architecture & Design, said: “A D&AD Yellow Pencil is the equivalent of a gold award. Thousands of students from across the globe try to win one but only a tiny percentage are successful and such is the credibility of winning one, many creative careers are founded on them. A Black Pencil is very rare indeed and represents the best in show at the awards and they are rarely handed out.

“When I’m A Dad was highly praised by the judges for its originality and excellent craft skills, and Tom was genuinely humbled when he went on stage to collect it.”

Tom’s success follows his commission earlier this year to showcase his work via a major social media account for global software company Adobe. To mark the 25th anniversary of Adobe Photoshop, the company selected 25 of the world’s most promising visual artists under the age of 25 to present their work on its new Instagram account. Tom was chosen to take part after winning the coveted Creative Jam at the Adobe Education Summit 2014.

The D&AD New Blood awards ceremony also saw Lincoln students Joseph Lovett, Jack Snell, Elly Hogarth and Malene Lovnes receive accolades for their work, each receiving a Wood Pencil for their projects.

Elly Hogarth & Malene Lovne’s winning TalkTalk entry 

Joseph Lovett & Jack Snell’s winning entry  – Love Preservation

[Snobs and Clowns] at Project Space Plus

[Snobs and Clowns]

16th July – 1st August

Preview: Wednesday 15th July 7-9pm.

Exhibition opening times: Monday – Friday 10-4pm.

[Snobs and Clowns] will be taking place at the University of Lincoln’s Project Space Plus gallery from 16th July-1st August. Working in partnership with Media Archive for Central England (MACE) the project sets out to explore the concept of archiving in a novel way, with artists taking into account not only the physical films that are archived within MACE but also the methods and equipment involved in the acquiring, archiving and digitalising of moving pictures.

[Snobs and Clowns] is the final show in a series of free independent exhibitions happening across Lincoln starting in May 2015, all projects have been curated by postgraduate students from the University of Lincoln’s MA Contemporary Curatorial Practice programme.

[Snobs and Clowns]

Information about the Artists:

 Patricia Ferguson

Capturing the Transient

‘The phrase ‘caught on film’ suggests that that something is being captured. It is of course trying to capture time, to hold still our experiences, our memories of people and events. The past illuminates our identity, our shared stories; our sense of who we are comes from an understanding of what has gone before. A reel of film is a series of individual images, each one momentarily freezing a split second of the past. In this exhibit I have selected individual frames from old cine film and printed them on fine silk, holding a moment in time in a very physical sense yet alluding to their temporal nature with the transparency of the material.’

 Michael Wilde

MACE Archive Study

‘This collage is a simple representation of the significance of an archive in maintaining the identity of a place and of preserving evidence of past eras of its people and environment.’

James Richardson

Use / Uselessness / Purpose / Purposeless

‘These issues are a contentious one; for those with an interest in art. Especially, when it comes to the undesirable truth that the practice of the subject, is futile in many tangible ways – measurable by the uninitiated. These two objects, offer a small summary of the anomalous way that I make work. Their pre-determined use is limited, their scope – potentially vast, (once applied with a larger degree of professionalism.)’


  1.  Take your projector
  2. Enter the room, and manually focus the projector by moving it closer / further from the wall
  3. Once focused, use your magnification glasses, to enlarge the video

[Snobs and Clowns] is curated by Enya Whitwood.

Project Sky Cube by MA Digital Media student Joanna White

One of our MA Digital Media students, Joanna White, is currently exhibiting her final project. Project Sky Cube is being exhibitated as part of the LiSC’s British Human Computer Interaction Conference.


The work is on show in MC0024 every day this week between 11am and 4pm. The show brings together projected imagery, high-frequency audio and sixteen mobile phones in an experimental effort to analyze a cube of air situated over the GCHQ listening station near Metheringham, Lincolnshire.


For more info on the project, and to see a video of the work visit Joanna’s blog.

MC0024, MHT Building, University of Lincoln // 13th – 17th July, 2015 // 11am-4pm // Free