New Blogs for the College of Arts Restructure

It's all changed for the College of Arts here at the University of Lincoln:

"As of 1st August 2014 there will be an exciting new alignment of academic schools in the College of Arts. It will provide an environment which engenders interdisciplinary research and innovative teaching and will enhance the student experience."

The College of Arts will be aligned to five schools:

School of Design & Architecture: The School will bring together programmes in Design and Architecture to build on the strengths in design and architectural practice.

School of English & Journalism: This School will bring subjects in English and Creative Writing with those in Journalism and PR.

Lincoln School of Film & Media: This School brings together programmes in Film, Media and Audio with programmes in Animation and Photography.

School of Fine & Performing Arts: This School will join Dance and Drama with Fine Art and Fashion. A new programme will be developed in BA Music (with the School of Film & Media).

School of History & Heritage: This School will bring together programmes in History with programmes in Conservation and explore potential for a distinctive new undergraduate programme in History of Art. 

We have created new blogs to reflect the new restructure. So we now have the School of Architecture & Design blog and the School of Fine & Performing Arts blog

MA Degree Shows open 13 September

Postgraduate artists, designers and conservators from across the University of Lincoln’s College of Arts will display their work in a series of free public exhibitions opening this weekend.

Showcasing the final collections from students of Fine Art, Design, International Design Enterprise, Contemporary Curatorial Practice and Conservation of Historic Objects, the 2014 MA Degree Shows offer the public a chance to explore work from dozens of exciting new artists.

The shows will open on the University of Lincoln’s Brayford Pool Campus with an exclusive preview evening on Friday 12th September, and will be free for the public to view from Saturday 13th – Saturday 27th September 2014. Exhibitions are open daily (except Sundays) from 10am – 4pm.

As part of a joint exhibition to be hosted in Project Space Plus and Lab Plus – two contemporary gallery spaces within the University’s new Art and Design Building – students of MA Design and MA Contemporary Curatorial Practice will invite audiences to ‘Carry on Regardless’. 

Their thought-provoking exhibition incorporates a wide range of art, from drawing and print-making to installation and performative sculptural work, and encapsulates the ethos that failure is a natural part of human experience. The work showcased in the Carry on Regardless exhibition from eight different artists encourages its audience to view obstacles as opportunities, and to recognise that direction is often more important than destination.

Andrew Bracey, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for MA Fine Art and MA Contemporary Curatorial Practice, said: “The MA Fine Art and MA Contemporary Curatorial Practice programmes put emphasis on each student’s path of exploration and discovery, through their research and practice. The work in this show represents a crossroads, an exciting moment when they choose where their practices will go next.”

This exhibition will be joined by displays of research projects from the MA Conservation of Historic Objects programme, and an eclectic exhibition from Lincoln’s MA Design students, entitled Upstairs.

Located in the same venue, Upstairs includes work which considers the challenge of conveying personality through type design, and re-appropriated garments that explore how clothing can become a vessel for memory. The wide-ranging exhibition also incorporates video, printmaking, stop frame animation, book design, collaborative image-making and silver-smithing.

John Stocker, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for MA Design, said: “Upstairs is a celebration of the work, commitment and creativity of the current cohort of finishing MA Design students. At the heart of what we all do - staff and students alike - is asking questions. We ask questions about the world around us, about our own work and about ourselves. As you will notice in this exhibition, the work is not only informed by this wish to enquire, but also a wish to embrace technical excellence and push creative boundaries.”

For more information on Carry On Regardless, the exhibition catalogue can be downloaded via:

Product Design Students exhibiting at SOLEX

Two Level 2 Product Design students are currently exhibiting at the SOLEX (Summer Outdoor Living Exhibition) show, where their work has been Highly Commended following their entries to the Alexander Rose Student Design Competition in March 2014; Jonathan Hutchinson and Connor Walton have had their work selected as finalists in the competition and Jonathan's chair design, based on the continuous curves of a mobius strip, has been put into production for prototyping by the company, who produce extensive ranges of outdoor furniture and furnishings.  The SOLEX exhibition is a trade fair, where visitors of external buyers and retailers congregate to add new products to their ranges.  The pair's work has been seen by a full range of industry visitors as well as being judged and selected by the Alexander Rose Managing Director and Diarmuid Gavin, the Television presenter and garden designer.
The show runs until Wednesday 9 July.


New Designers Graduate Show in the Business Design Centre

Product Design is currently exhibiting at the graduate show, New Designers in the Business Design Centre, Islington, London and will be looking to build on their final year of study by attracting the attention of employers, producers and manufacturers by showing their final major and minor projects to both trade and public audiences.  The show will be on until Saturday and the students are playing their part in a thriving design environment in the capital.  The stand has been organised and put together by Programme Leader BA (Hons) Product Design Stewart Bibby and Rob Cullis - Senior Lecturer Product Design.
Many of the products designed by Lincoln students have already been identified for production by project partners and are currently being prototyped for manufacture overseas.  In addition, a number of the students have been offered design employment and internships.

Lincoln broadcast journalism ‘Bridges’ divide in Moldova

The first joint radio programme ever produced by journalists from East and West of the Nistru/Dniester River went on air in the Eastern European country yesterday evening, facilitated by experts from the Lincoln School of Journalism

Deborah Wilson David and Andrew David were consultants for the Council of Europe, working with national broadcasters towards this historic broadcast.
Over this last year, Deborah and Andrew were invited to lead training sessions, alongside a consultant formerly from Radio France Internationale, teaching national radio broadcasters from the Romanian language ‘Radio Moldova’ and Russian language ‘Radio 1’ (Tiraspol). Working through translators Deborah and Andrew taught masterclasses, and spent time in both national broadcast institutions, advising on journalism and radio programming style, structure and content.

The Eastern European country had been working towards greater integration following a military conflict which ended in 1992. Deborah’s first visit, last summer, was the first where the broadcasters from the East and West had agreed to work together. She said: I found that quite daunting, I’m a journalist, broadcaster and educator – not a diplomat. But it was the most inspiring time, working with such talented and committed people who were so open to new ideas and genuinely pleased to put political differences aside and work together towards a common aim.”

Andrew David said: “Being approached in a situation such as this, so much more than simply broadcast training, meant that the stakes were high – and we were worried that the recent tensions in Ukraine would bring to an end all the progress we had made. We are thrilled that the project has finally taken off and all credit to the Council of Europe for making this happen.”

Deborah added: “If all goes to plan we hope the Council of Europe will bring some of these journalists over to Lincoln later this summer so we can take their training further.”

This is the first joint project of the radio journalists from “Radio Moldova” and “Radio 1” since 1990, made possible by the assistance provided by the Council of Europe “Confidence Building Measures across the River Nistru/Dniester” Programme, with financial support from the Austrian Development Cooperation. The joint radio programme, entitled “Bridges”, will be aired simultaneously on both stations on the last Sunday of every month at 7.05 pm (Moldovan time) on FM and online. The first programme was about tourism sites on both banks of the Nistru/Dniester River.

Animation students selected as of the finalists for BFX 2014

We are pleased to announce that a team of animation students have been selected as one of the finalist for BFX 2014. Shortlisting process involved judges from Double Negative, Glassworks, Outpost VFX, MPC, D’Arblay Films/Hibbert Ralph Animation and Creative Skillset as well as academics from the NCCA and AUB.

The competition is hosted by the National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA) at Bournemouth University (BU) and the Arts University Bournemouth (AUB).

Supervised by industry professionals, team 'No Beards' will spend 7 weeks in Bournemouth in order to gain the winning spot at BFX 2014 competition.

Team ‘No Beards’ consists of 6 female students, five of whom are at level 2 and one at level 3.

Team leader: Alison Oxborrow

Crew: Estelle Sharpe, Jennifer McNamara, Amy Hayes, Emma Maltby and Hanna Lau

You can find team No Beard’s winning pitch and the pitch handbook online at

YouTube direct link:

Our Animation staff team wishes all the best for the team and we are confident that the team will achieve an award in more than one category.

Last year’s team achieved ‘Best Concept Design’ award and nominated for 4 other categories. Team UULA received two scholarships sponsored by Framstore CFC.

Conservators reveal how Bletchley Park huts would have looked to Turing and co

The historic World War Two codebreaking huts at Bletchley Park have opened to the public following extensive research by expert conservators at the University of Lincoln.

Bletchley Park is famous for its role as the central site of the UK’s Government Code and Cypher School (GC&S), which during World War Two regularly infiltrated the secret communications of the Axis Powers.

The park’s WWII buildings were only intended to be temporary, and were laid out to maintain the ‘Ultra’ level of secrecy required to protect the site and its successes. The contents of the huts have since remained a mystery; however work by a team of specialist conservators means that their original appearance is now being revealed to the public, 70 years on.

As part of an £8million Heritage Lottery Fund project, staff and students from Crick Smith, the University of Lincoln’s renowned conservation consultancy division, were called in to expose the secrets concealed beneath layers of paint in Block C and four codebreaking huts. These include Hut 8, which was famously led by Alan Turing OBE and was responsible for German naval cryptanalysis.

The team carried out architectural paint research – an innovative research methodology that combines archival findings with microscopic examination of paint samples - to decipher the decorative history of the huts. They analysed paint samples from targeted areas of the buildings and quantified the colours using a spectrophotometer (specialist equipment which measures how light reflects from an object), before finding exact replicas to faithfully restore the paintwork.

Ian Crick-Smith, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Lincoln and Crick Smith, said: “After the war, the structures at Bletchley Park deteriorated considerably, with some becoming almost derelict. A number of the huts have been used since, for example by telecom operators; however others haven’t and until recently still featured the net curtains which were in place throughout the war years! It was therefore important to build a complete decorative history of the huts, and advise on how to construct an authentic representation of how they looked, and felt, during the war.

“Our investigations revealed that they were painted a military green colour by way of camouflage – the typical army print wasn’t used as it was vitally important that they didn’t stand out as part of the war effort and could be easily ignored by planes flying overhead. Of course, the key to their success was remaining completely inconspicuous.”

While working at Bletchley, the team also made some interesting discoveries about the materials used inside the huts, such as the original blackout curtains and sound-proof ceiling panels.

Michael Crick-Smith, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Lincoln and Crick Smith, explained: “During our research, the panels used to sound-proof the ceilings to reduce noise levels and help ensure privacy were removed temporarily, and we discovered that some of the original labelling remained in place. I learned that the manufacturer of these panels, Celotex, was an American company that established a base in the UK shortly after the First World War, and is now based in Suffolk. It was interesting to discover that the panels are in fact made from a by-product of sugar cane, and many of them have now been restored and reinstated.”

The Crick Smith conservators worked alongside a team of other experts to return the site to its wartime appearance, including conservation architect Janie Price and Event Communications, who were tasked with interpreting the complex stories behind Bletchley’s secrets. Together, their work has created an atmospheric experience for visitors, as they step back in time and learn the extraordinary truth about Bletchley’s unassuming buildings.