The Big Draw – 2017

The University of Lincoln’s Big Draw event and The Frequency Festival of Digital Culture have come together in a collaboration to invite musicians and composers around the world to join us in our event.

Under the Big Draw theme of ‘Living Lines’ children have been participating in drawing workshops at the University to interpret music into visual outcomes. These drawings then became the graphic scores that our music students interpreted and ‘played back’ as live improvisations to the children. In this way their drawings lived again through improvised musical interpretations.


Find out more info about the event here –

Dance taster day proves a hit

Students from across the county put their dance moves to the test last week when they experienced a day in the life of a Dance student.

More than 60 youngsters aged 13 to 16 years old took part in the taster day, joining lecturers from the BA (Hons) Dance course, including Programme Leader Kirsty Russell.

They were also joined by some of the course’s current students, who treated them to a private performance of one of their routines and shared with them some of their experiences as Dance students.

The day was packed full of activities including high quality contemporary technique classes, creative choreographic sessions, performance screenings and tours of the campus, all designed to give them first-hand experience of what the course has to offer and what it’s like to study Dance in Lincoln.

Ormiston Maritime Academy was just one of the schools who got involved in the day. Teacher, Mark Hallam, said the students thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

He said: “The school was really keen to bring the pupils along and to give them the opportunity to see what they could get involved in. A lot of the students have never given dance a go before so it’s a really nice opportunity for them to see what’s available and what it could be like to study it at university level”

Kirsty Russell, Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Dance, said: ““Here at Lincoln it’s really important to us that we engage with as many youngsters as possible. Some youngsters may really enjoy dancing but not realise the opportunities there are to study it at University.

“We had a great day showing them what opportunities there are and what we have to offer here in Lincoln – now we can’t wait for the next taster day in July!”

If you know a school who’d like to get involved in a future taster day, or if you would be interested in dance workshops at your school please contact:

Success for SFPA Senior Lecturer in British Council Showcase 2017

An academic at the University of Lincoln is celebrating after his company is selected for the British Council Showcase 2017.

Dr Andrew Westerside, from the School of Fine and Performing Arts, is the Co-Artistic Director of Proto-type Theater, a company of multi-disciplinary artists based in the UK who make and produce original work that is diverse in scale, subject and medium.

The company has been selected for the 20th anniversary Edinburgh Showcase, the British Council’s biennial platform of contemporary UK performance alongside the Edinburgh Festivals in August.

As one of the most prestigious platforms for touring theatre and performance in the UK, it is one of the biggest opportunities for theatre and dance companies to introduce their work to international promoters.

Speaking after the announcement, Dr Westerside said: “Being in the Showcase feels like a really big stamp of approval for your work. There’s only 30 pieces of work selected, and to be part of that, out of a whole industry’s worth of work, is fantastic.

“Being selected means that programmers and presenters from all over the world get to see your work, and that can mean making new international partnerships and touring opportunities.

“In 2011, when we were last selected, we were lucky enough to travel to Armenia and Zimbabwe as a result of the showcase. It’s an incredible way to bring your work to wider audiences, because being part of the showcase is a recognition that your work is of an international standard.”

The play that will be performed at the showcase, ‘A Machine They’re Secretly Building’ has now been published by Oberon Modern Plays. To find out more, visit:

Gain Experience creating a perfect Promo Vid with New Media Lincs

In partnership with LSFM, New Media Lincs are offering a five-day short course to take you through the process of creating the perfect 30 sec promotional video.

This opportunity is free and open to all students in the College of Arts to improve their employability skills.The course will be informal, collaborative and interactive. Teaching will be given on the first two days which will include meeting and working with a real client. Tailor-made technical workshops will also be included to meet your requirements. Learn everything you need to know about working with clients from start to finish, including the pitfalls!

On day 3 and 4 you will be out and about filming and then editing.

On day 5 you will present, review and critique the film with the client and others from the media industry.

A small award ceremony will take place at the end for the best short film.

The course runs from Monday 5th June – Friday 9th June 2017.

To sign-up, please email Hazel Donnelly:

Fashion Students Inspire Primary School Children with designs!

Fashion students across all years had the chance to showcase their newest collections in a bid to inspire local primary school children.

Pupils from Willoughton primary School explored what our BA Fashion course is all about during a visit hosted by Ann Draycott (Lecturer in BA Hons Fashion), Fiona Robertson (Fashion technician) and Pauline Lancaster (Fashion technician).

After a brief introduction into the world of fashion design children took part in activities including a viewing of the 2016 Fashion Show video, a tour of the fashion studios and finally a showcase of the students’ work from concept to design.

Read all about the students that took part and explore their work here:

Alex Hall, 1st Year
As part of a Visual Communication Module Diversity Project Alex created a piece based on 4 topics, Fabric focus, Customer, Trend focus and Ethnicity focus. She looked at how someone’s ethnicity can affect their body shape and in particular took inspiration from the Polish traditional style. She also took influence from the Digital Wave trend in the style and colour scheme.

Poppy Howell, 1st Year
As part of the same Visual Communication project, Poppy also looked at Digital Wave for her trend focus. However when it came to fabric, she decided to focus on intense metallic. She also got inspiration from fringed and frayed style and put that into her piece.

Fanny Godfrin, 3rd Year – Erasmus Student from HELMo Mode, Belgium
As part of the millinery  project she looked at Revival, Fanny took a lot of inspiration from the spine and ribs and the Turning Torso skyscraper in Sweden.  Initially she created origami paper structures resembling the rib and spine structure and then used this as inspiration to create the actual piece she used polypropylene sewn onto the hat.

Amy Sweaton, 2nd Year
As part of the Fashion and Architecture module Amy explored the idea of reincarnation and cocoons expanding. She created a piece where the inside was made restrictive by having a corset in it, whilst the outside was flowing. Her research included leather hand cutting sampling, digital printing and she used hot glue to create skeleton trees.

Ashleigh- Ellen Kavanagh, 2nd Year
Ashleigh-Ellen worked on a reconstruction piece of an 1873 dress as part of the Fashion Reconstruction module.  The pattern was rescaled from the Janet Arnold Patterns of Fashion 2 book, then digitised by the student and a digital pattern created. The dress was then manufactured using the techniques from the time.

Rebecca Lavallin, 1st Year
As part of a Visual Communication project Diversity, Rebecca looked at four different topics for inspiration. Firstly, she looked at metal hardware and Edgelands as her trend. She then looked at technical nylons for her fabric focus and a fuller figure for her customer focus. Rebecca’s inspiration came from rusty colours and stretchy fabrics. She thought about how they would fit and feel on a fuller figure.

Mollie Hawkesford, 2nd Year
In the module Fashion Identity Mollie undertook a trend prediction project designing a collection in which she explored what fashion may be like in the future, 2022. She also designed an outfit in collaboration with the Drama students, taking on the character Sempronious from the play, Timon of Athen. Her print work was designed by her and printed on the in house digital printer. You can read more about Mollies and her fellow students work with the drama students here:

Lydia Brown, 2nd Year
Lydia also designed a collection and a futuristic outfit focusing again on 2022, she designed a non-binary piece (either gender).  After looking at 80’s print she used that inspiration to make her own print. She called this piece ‘Merge’. In her sketchbook you can see the final designs and the technical elements of the piece.

She also created a piece called ‘Arms of Love’. This piece was based around the idea of protecting a child. It has a duvet look about it based on the idea that babies are usually wrapped up in plenty of layers. This was for the Fashion Architecture module.

As well as all this, Lydia also created a costume piece similar to Mollie. Her character was Falstaff from King Henry IV part 2. You can read more about her design and that of the other students here:

Megan Dexter, 2nd Year
Megan created an outfit that was based on the word ‘Peace’. Her own interpretation of that was lights so she took numerous images of light and used that to create a digital print.

She used the shingo sato method of pattern cutting as inspiration but adapted the pattern, and created a bubble skirt and cape.