Creative Careers Week


Not sure what to do after you graduate? Maybe you need help making your CV stand out in the creative industries? Wondering about going freelance, but not sure where to start? Creative Careers Week is the place to be to answer all these questions and many more! From the 26th-29th of May the Careers and Employability Team are hosting a week of workshops and talks to help and advise you. The sessions are free and open to students at all levels. For more information visit the Careers & Employability site.

Lincoln Lecturer shortlisted for BAFTA Craft Award

Grant Bridgeman, who teaches in the Lincoln School of Film & Media, has been shortlisted alongside his team in the Best Sound (Fiction) category at the BAFTA Craft Awards 2015.

The annual  British Academy Television Craft Awards honour the very best behind-the-scenes talent working in television. This year a diverse range of programmes will compete for the coveted BAFTA masks. Contenders include the teams behind fantasy drama Da Vinci’s Demons; historical crime drama Peaky Blinders; and Saturday-night favourite Strictly Come Dancing.

Grant has been nominated for his work as a sound-recordist on Cilla, alongside colleagues Richard Davey, Simon Gershon and Keith Marriner. They will compete with the sound teams behind Sherlock, That Day We Sang and The Missing for the BAFTA Craft Award, which will be presented at a glittering ceremony in London on Sunday 26th April.

Cilla is a British drama television series about the early career of Cilla Black. It was broadcast in three parts on ITV in 2014, with Sheridan Smith playing the starring role. The series is based around Black’s hometown of Liverpool and follows her rise to fame from 1960 amateur appearances in local clubs.

Speaking about his nomination, Grant Bridgeman said: “Being nominated for the BAFTA Craft Award for Best Sound (Fiction) for Cilla is truly amazing. My sound team on set (Sarah Howe, Gareth Duffy, Ryan McMurray and Sally Hesketh) did an amazing job of capturing the dialogue and live singing performances from the brilliant cast. We were using a combination of the latest sound recording technology with fully-working period microphones to capture the sound of the period as accurately as we possibly could.

“The post-production work was overseen by Richard Davey (with Keith Marriner and Simon Gershon) at Jumbuck, who took the whole piece from the sound on set to the vibrant sound of the sixties. It was such an enjoyable job to do as it felt the whole crew were pulling together to help capture those fantastic audio performances.”

Stephen Mangan will host the British Academy Television Craft Awards on 26 April at The Brewery in London. He said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be back for the fourth time as host of the British Academy Television Craft Awards, representing the very best in television. A BAFTA is one of the most prestigious awards to receive in the world and it’s always a great night.”

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Talking fashion and performance with Battenberg-Cartwright

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Acclaimed art duo Battenberg-Cartwright shared their experience of working in the fields of art and fashion when they visited the University of Lincoln.

Described as a living conceptual piece and performance art duo, Nora and Paul Battenberg-Cartwright have showcased their work on some of the world’s biggest catwalks; including at the London, Berlin and Paris Fashion Weeks.

The couple, who married to demonstrate their artistic commitment to one another, work across various artistic disciplines, including lens-based work, performance and painting, as well as fashion design.

Battenberg-Cartwright as a label works to extend the bridge between art and fashion, taking used objects to transform them into creations for catwalks. The shows remain between the fashion and art worlds; placing materials as of secondary importance to concept.

On Thursday 12th and Friday 13th March 2015, Battenberg-Cartwright presented to the University of Lincoln’s final year Fashion students on their industry success, methods of working and view of art and performance.

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The undergraduate Fashion students from the School of Fine & Performing Arts also discussed their own collections with the artists, and received from them a brief to create an object, wearable or otherwise, to showcase in a video, which will form part of their Professional Practice module.

Setting the brief, Battenberg-Cartwright said: “Try not to be so technical. Push your boundaries. Use unusual materials. Make it very quickly – or very slowly if you prefer – but above all things, be daring.

“The aim is not to create a typical ‘fashion video’, but something else altogether. Whatever it is, think outside the box and aim to create something totally new to your working practice.”

Victoria Bellandini, Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Fashion at the University of Lincoln, said: “It was fantastic to welcome Battenberg-Cartwright to the University. It is vital for our students to understand that fashion is about more than just garments; it also incorporates art and performance, and Nora and Paul are perfectly placed to demonstrate how successful this combination can be.”

Before completing their MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art in London, Battenberg-Cartwright studied Fine Art in Worcester where they were taught by Lee Hassall, who is now a Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art Practice at the University of Lincoln.

Creative Advertising Student picked by Adobe to Showcase Work


To mark the 25th anniversary of Adobe Photoshop, the imaging software that continues to redefine creativity in the digital age, Adobe is showcasing 25 of the most promising visual artists under the age of 25.

Designers from around the world have been invited to submit their Photoshop work to Behance using the tag #Ps25Under25, and Tom Watkins, a Creative Advertising student from the University of Lincoln, UK, was selected from a pool of candidates to represent the future of the brand.

Tom, who is currently in his second year of undergraduate study at the University of Lincoln’s School of Architecture & Design, has a growing international reputation after winning the coveted Creative Jam at the Adobe Education Summit 2014.

From Monday 9th March, he will showcase his work via the Photoshop Instagram account (@Photoshop) for two weeks. From a specially commissioned design created to celebrate Adobe’s landmark anniversary, to images and videos taken while working in and around the University of Lincoln, Tom’s life as a young creative will be presented for the world to see.

Tom said: “I am delighted to have been selected as one of Adobe’s ’25 under 25’. It’s a really amazing opportunity to showcase my designs and the way in which I work on a day-to-day basis. Photoshop is one of the most recognised software brands in the world and its influence can be seen in almost all of the imagery that surrounds us – it is the go-to application for digital image manipulation – so to be working with such a prolific company is fantastic experience for me.”

Tom will be the second designer to present his work as part of the campaign, taking over from Fredy Santiago, a 24-year old Mexican-American artist and illustrator based in Ventura, California.

Lex van den Berghe, senior product manager for digital imaging solutions at Adobe, said: “We’re looking for the most innovative, forward-looking work out there that will show the world what the next generation of Photoshop artists is made of. These 25 game changers will be from all parts of the world, and their art will represent their diverse cultures, life experiences, points of view and dreams…all brought to life with the help of Photoshop. In honour of our 25th year, each artist will be creating an original piece of art to celebrate the milestone, and over the course of the next year, they will each stage a two week takeover of our brand new Photoshop Instagram channel – sharing their story and their art with the world.”

Tom’s work will be showcased on the @Photoshop Instagram channel from Monday 9th March 2015.