Artistic talent from students at the University of Suffolk on show at the Apex

A celebration of artistic talent took place at the Apex with an awards evening and signature project display from graduates at the University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College.

They had all graduated from the BA (Hons) Applied Interior Design and BA (Hons) Graphics and Communication Design.

Sue Winseltt, lecturer in Art and Design said: “The standard of this year’s students was incredibly high with above national benchmark top grades; the external examiners commended this and said their work was on a par with London degree courses”.

After the private viewing, the exhibition has been open to the public until Sunday, June 24, upstairs at the Apex.

A number of students were awarded prizes sponsored by local employers and the university.

In Graphic and Communication Design graduate Alice Jenkins, 39, from Haverhill, pictured above, won the University Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement.

She said: “I’m surprised and delighted to have received the award. This is a reassurance that I’m on the right course & helps to instil a confidence in my abilities.” 

 The Jacob Bailey Award for Innovative Design went to Ric Groves, 45, from Bury St Edmunds.

He said: “I was delighted to receive an award from Jacob Bailey for my designs. Pushing innovation within graphic design is something I’m passionate about with my work and it’s fantastic to be recognised for this.”

 The Coastline Award for Creative Enterprise was presented to Lewis Bull, 30, from Thurston, who said: “I’m humbled to have won the Creative Enterprise Award from Coastline Graphics. If you would have told my 16 year old self you were going to have a 1st class honours degree and win an award for it, I would never have believed it.”

In Applied Interior Design the University Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement went to Amy Jane Wilson, from March, Cambridgeshire; the Revell Architect Award for Innovative Spatial Design went to Georgia Hanton, 26, from Reedham, Norfolk; and the Glasswells award for Interior Styling went to Aleks Whyman, 29, from Bildeston.

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