Faculty Fest is a celebration of student work across the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Spoken Word, Fine Art, Creative Writing, Film, Fashion Shows, Installations, Design, Photography and Music - you will have exclusive access to emerging talent and work, along with various events and guest speakers.
We caught up with Ella Boston, second year 3D Design student, and Tiffany Bowman, Engaged Curriculum Intern in the Department of English, to find out what they have enjoyed about organising the Faculty Fest and why students from across the University should pop down and get involved.
What is Faculty Fest?
Ella: Faculty Fest is a celebration of student work across the newly joined Arts and Humanities faculty. Its aim is to bring together work and creativity from many disciplines in an open space where everyone can enjoy and interact with it.
Tiffany: We wanted to create an event that would bring together staff and students in order to encourage interdisciplinary relationships across the University. Over the two days, there will be lots of art installations, pop-up events and performances, but most importantly, we will be celebrating the achievements of our students. I’m extremely impressed with the work we have received from them - it’s innovative, creative, unique, and they should be very proud!
Why did you get involved in organising the event?
Ella: I got involved because my creative practice is based in the event and festival industry and I have a real passion for it. Being the Course Rep Support for the Faculty has put me in a great position for networking and bringing together many different people. I think cross-collaboration and interdisciplinary practice is vital for our future, and it’s these sorts of events that encourage these meetings of different disciplines. Alongside this, I have helped with the branding and social media for the festival as well as advised and supported the brilliant interns who are designing the festival.
Tiffany: My role has been organising the festival, which involves reaching out to students across the Faculty and finding out what work they have created on their course. I have recently graduated from Manchester Met, having studied English and Creative Writing, and now I am on an internship with the University. Organising the festival has been the highlight of my internship so far, as I have encountered so many students who are passionate about their work, and had so many interesting conversations through this. I think that’s the main reason why the festival is so important – it provides a platform for new work, and encourages the students to collaborate with people from other subjects.
Why should students come to the Faculty Fest?
Ella: This is a great chance for all students to see what the Faculty has to offer, and to network with other students who might be interested in working together. There will be many external invitees with some exciting networking opportunities. It’s going to be an event of celebration so come down and join us in enjoying the array of work ranging from spoken word, art installations, poetry, fashion catwalks, film and music!
Tiffany: There’s going to be lots going on over the two days. It’s a great opportunity to see what everyone is getting up to, and perhaps even make connections with other students. There will be people coming to view the work from outside the University as well – art organisations, publishers, potential employers, so there’s lots of networking opportunities. And of course, free food and drink!
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