Talent-Spotters 2012: Manchester School of Art

As part of this year’s talent-spotters series, Mark Edwards from creative studio DR.ME took a trip to the Manchester School of Art show. Highlights of the exhibition include some great typographic pieces, quirky character sculptures, and some up-and-coming illustrators…

As part of this year’s CR Talent-Spotters series, Mark Edwards from creative studio DR.ME took a trip to the Manchester School of Art show for us. Highlights of the exhibition include some great typographic pieces, quirky character sculptures, and some up-and-coming illustrators.

The Graphic Design and Illustration graduate shows from Manchester School of Art showed some really exciting prospects flourishing from this year’s alumni (writes Mark). The show is on until the 20th of June at Quay House in Manchester and is well worth a visit.

The first piece of work to catch my attention in the Graphic Design show from Manchester school of Art & Design was by Leona Bell with this intriguing experimental portrait scan.

This piece by Anna Heron is very well executed and shows great illustrative flair and some solid lay out.

I couldn’t actually identify who created this rather charming zine but whoever it was did quite an interesting and compelling job.

This typographic poster by Jade Stones was a beautiful highlight of the Graphic Design show.

The hand rendered typography was also a real highlight from Rebecca McDowell in this piece.

This paper sample poster for Fedrigoni by Carys Collard is an excellent idea very well executed.

The intriguing typographic experiments of Laura Jackson lead to her name continually popping up throughout the show, and with good reason. The execution of her work had an essence of a Sol Lewitt to it with perhaps a dash of Bauhaus, which is never a bad thing.

The first student to catch my attention in the illustration department was Amy Marsh. The combination of some wonderful illustration, screenprints and sculpture was very exciting.

These small South American flavoured sculptures by Laura Nash Green were a real joy to admire and broke up the Illustration show nicely.

The pinnacle from the show was most likely this set of fantastic paintings from talented illustrator Rob Morris.

Travelling over to the Fine Art and Sculpture shows showcased some equally interesting pieces, as shown above.

With thanks to Mark Edwards from DR.ME for covering the show. We’ll be continuing our coverage of grad shows around the country, as part of our talent-spotters series. Get in touch if you’d like to contribute by reporting on a show in your area.

You can also view all the graduate work on our Graduate Shows Pinterest board.

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