Students excel in international upcycling project


A team of young designers has returned from a major eco-friendly event in China where they produced a collection of innovative new products from waste materials as part of a British Council ‘up-cycling’ initiative.

Up-cycling is a key focus of British Council design work, which encourages the world’s future practitioners to consider the environmental, economic and social benefits of re-using materials, rather than discarding them as waste. The University of Lincoln is one of only two UK universities selected to take part in every one of the British Council’s upcycling activities in China to date.

Students from Lincoln’s MA International Design Enterprise (MAIDE) programme, Lucia Garci Crespo and Lucy Patterson, travelled to Jiangnan University in Wuxi, China, together with Programme Leader David Bramston. The students joined fellow designers from Jiangnan University and Tongji University.

Working in teams, they were tasked with a brief centred on Taihu Lake – the main tourism area of Wuxi and a major visitor destination in China. They were invited to create new products from industry leftovers, which could be used and enjoyed in this tourism hotspot.

The Lincoln team received a number of British Council awards for their work, including ‘Best Use of Materials’, and their creations were also presented across a number of parks as part of China Low Carbon Action Day.

The University of Lincoln designers created a range of easy-to-use fishing sticks for children by converting the waste plastic strapping left over from factory packaging.

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David Bramston, Principal Lecturer (Enterprise) in Lincoln’s School of Architecture & Design, explained: “We visited regions of Wuxi to meet local communities and experience the popular Li Lake, and gave our fishing sticks to local children. The very simple construction ensured that they were fast, easy and inexpensive to produce, and rather than using a hook, they simply had a knot at the end of the line to hold a piece of bread. The fishing sticks were very popular and promoted not only the benefits of using waste materials to make new works, but also created a safe new fishing experience. This project really captured the spirit of upcycling and served to prove that new designs do not have to be complicated to be effective.

“The whole visit was extremely valuable for our students. It is important for young designers to be aware of their responsibilities and understand the impact that their decisions to engage with more considered and environmentally friendly practices can have. The collaboration of cultures and experiences is also fundamental to the MAIDE studio ethos.”

The project in China was supported by the Guangzhou Low Carbon Industries Association and the Guangzhou Valuda Group Ltd, and was designed to facilitate collaboration between higher education institutions and industry partners internationally.

The MAIDE team later went on to the Hubei Institute of Fine Art in Wuhan, China, where they were joined by fellow Lincoln students and Assistant Professor Yeli, visiting scholar from the Chinese University of Mining and Technology School of Art & Design in Xuzhou, who has been based at Lincoln since August 2014.

They teamed up with Chinese Industrial Design students to create a number of novel seating solutions, again using only ‘found’ materials. The group worked with street makers – individuals on the streets of Wuhan who are able to stitch, weld and fabricate design proposals – to bring their ideas to life, before exhibiting a collection of more than 25 works at the Institute of Fine Art.

The Lincoln Company at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Heading to Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August? Make sure you go see our School of Fine & Perfroming Arts‘ alumni and students who are performing as The Lincoln Company at C Venues. Check out the shows that were selected to go:

The Addams Family

The Addams Familu

The Addams Family request your presence, spiritual or otherwise, for an evening of morbid musical capers. Join Gomez and Morticia Addams as they are forced to face the most unimaginable torture… their future in-laws. That’s right: Wednesday Addams is in love and is switching her crossbow for a bouquet! The resulting shenanigans show the Addams Family as you’ve never seen them before. Can they keep up appearances and have one ‘normal’ night? Come along and reacquaint yourself with the divine darkness and exquisite sorrow.

C venues – C too (Venue 4) // Aug 6-17, 19-31 // 16:30 //  1 hour 30 minutes // Tickets



It’s 1965, and Hal and Dennis have just robbed the bank next to the undertakers. Dear old mum’s conveniently just died, there’s a coffin waiting to be buried, and they need somewhere to stash their loot. Keen to cop a crook before the day is up, Detective Truscott is hot on their trail, and mum’s corpse reappears at the most inopportune moments. Can the two get away with their crime? The macabre collides with the hilarious in Joe Orton’s fast-paced, side-splitting play set at the height of rock’n’roll. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of this outrageous farce.

C venues – C (Venue 34) // Aug 5-17, 19-31 // 20:30 // 1 hour 15 minutes // Tickets

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

In this economy, a nostalgic record store sounds like the perfect moneymaker; anything to get you off your Game Boy, out of your parents’ basement and into the real world. A group of well-meaning, infatuated, reckless teenagers take on a business with limited growth potential and next to no customers. Hell, it’s better to burn out than fade away. A laconic cut of Shakespeare’s misguided comedy brings to light the love, loss and dedication of die-hard music fans: who needs money and a girlfriend anyway? Rock’n’roll, baby.

C venues – C too (Venue 4) ​ // Aug 6-17, 19-31 // 12.00 // 1 hour 15 minutes // Tickets



We cook. We clean. We cry. We buy shoes. We wear bras. Sometimes we burn them. We bitch. We moan. We seduce. We give birth. We menstruate. We wash clothes. We pick arguments. We know what we want. We are attention seekers. We are the emotional sex. We are from Venus. Drawn from fact and fiction, history and fantasy, Womenswear explores the point where expectation and reality meet. The Lincoln Company uncovers and confronts stereotypical attitudes towards womanhood. Follow us on a journey to discover the truth behind the stereotype and reveal the real life that women wear.

C venues – C nova (Venue 145) ​// Aug 5-17, 19-31 //14:00 // 50 minutes // Tickets



A tattered map. Outdated, well-loved, and a nightmare to fold. Sarah is busy dying, counting down her heartbeats until her untimely death. She is studying maps of places she never intends to go. John is driven to travel by the need to be someone interesting. He is drawing lines across continents, counting the borders he’ll cross and the cities he’ll see. Both are looking for a future when they meet each other. Through song, string and a bright red anorak, this is a show that asks if we’ll know happiness when we get there.

C venues – C nova (Venue 145) ​ // Aug 5-17, 19-31 // 12.00 // 50 minutes // Tickets

Global video event places focus on human rights

Young people around the world will place a focus on human rights and creativity in a unique global video event culminating on the United Nations’ International Youth Day 2015.

Time for Rights invites young people from any country to make a six second video about the human right most important to them. The videos, which are expected to be mostly shot on mobile phone cameras, will simultaneously appear on Instagram at 12.15pm on Wednesday 12 August 2015, International Youth Day.

Devised by British creative technologist Tim Kindberg, Time for Rights is the first artist commission for – a unique new digital platform inspired by the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta where young people aged 14-24 can explore, debate and create art that addresses issues of human rights, justice and civil liberties through the language of art.

Led by the University of Lincoln, UK, in collaboration with regional arts organisations, businesses, schools and the city and county councils, alongside a host of national and international partners, is supported using public funding from the National Lottery through an Exceptional Award from Arts Council England. Over the next two years, the site will draw together a rich variety of artistic content inspired by Magna Carta, including six digitally-themed artist commissions that stimulate discussion and debate.

Tim Kindberg said: “In many parts of the world, human rights are under threat. Time for Rights is an opportunity for young people from around the world to get creative and make a statement about human rights, and to do so at the same time as an act of solidarity.”

Videos submitted to Time for Rights will contribute towards a new Charter of Rights that will be submitted to international institutions at the end of the project in November 2017. Youth organisations around the world have been invited to participate, including the British Youth Council and the Royal Commonwealth Society.

Dr Jacqui Briggs, Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Lincoln, said: “Human rights are enshrined in international law – not luxuries that governments bestow on us. However, these rights are at constant risk of abuse and erosion in countries all over the world today. Young people have a powerful role to play in protecting these rights – not just for themselves, but for others, and not just for today, but for future generations. History shows that when young people speak up with one voice, they are difficult to ignore.”

Ann Jones, Co-Director of, said: “’s first commission, Time For Rights, gets straight to the heart of what is about – encouraging young people to voice what they believe is just and fair through the universal language of art.”

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LSFM visit Annecy International Animated Film Festival


In June LSFM students visited Annecy 2015. The International animation festival celebrating it’s 30th anniversary in the stunningly beautiful town of Annecy, France. 25 students lead by BA (Hons) Animation Programme Leader Sultan Efe and Digital Media Senior Lecturer Graham Cooper, spent the week attending screenings, director talks, keynotes and panels from the leading creatives from across the animation industry.


Annecy also hosts the three-day networking event ‘MIFA’ where a number of our team had interviews and pitched their work to companies The Cartoon Network, Framestore and Nickelodeon amongst others.


Graduate Jake Longworth said:  “It was eye opening and inspiring to see so many people in the same place with a shared passion for something that doesn’t get the attention and praise that it deserves. Hanging out with a bunch talented friends old and new that can appreciate the festival and geek out while dipping our feet in a crystal clear lake before watching Peter Sohn and Sanjay Patel talk about The Good Dinosaur/ Sanjay’s Super Team or watch Genndy Tartakovski explain how he made the TV shows of my childhood, makes me feel so happy and proud to be associated with the industry.”


Ground breaking book on comics and the world wars published

AHRC funded researchers, based in the School of English and Journalism and led by Professor Jane Chapman have produced a monograph on the findings of their 4 year investigation into comics and the world wars.

​This innovative study argues for the use of comics as a primary source for research. In recuperating currently unknown or neglected strips the authors demonstrate that these examples, produced during the world wars, act as an important cultural record. They reveal how comics:

  • used humour as a coping mechanism, and a way to criticise authority.
  • promoted certain forms of behaviour and discouraged others.
  • represented a deliberately inclusive educational strategy for reading wartime content.
  • became a barometer for contemporary popular thinking.

This interdisciplinary, trans-national study will interest researchers in history, but also those in media and cultural studies, literature, communications, and a range of other fields in the humanities and social sciences.

For more information please see visit Palgrave Macmillan’s site.