EXHIBITION REVIEW: Northern School of Art Degree Show @ Church Street, Hartlepool | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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The Northern School of Art’s Degree Show presents a kaleidoscope of creative visions, offering a glimpse into the North East’s burgeoning artistic talent, and it didn’t disappoint. As you navigate the galleries, the imagination is transported to fantastical realms, where mythical costumes tell stories, and production design is fit for the silver screen.  

The exhibition’s layout allows viewers to drift effortlessly between galleries, discovering a variety of styles that create a feast for the eyes. From graphic design to costume design, each room is a testament to the students’ innovative spirit. 

Upon entering the production design gallery, the eyes are struck by the grandeur of set pieces which could easily grace a West End stage. Each room design is a portal to a new world, inviting the viewer to lose themselves in their imagination.

The illustration students’ work is suspended dramatically from the ceiling, there is a collection of artistic expression across the room. Digital posters by Rosie Boyes display messages of female power and storytelling, while illustrated animations by Harry Brady-Stott and prints on clothing exhibit ideas of their own. The room is a spectacle for any viewer, a celebration of colour and style that is outstanding.  

A room of costumes which transport you to movies from intergalactic lands, and tales from the past also was a standout exhibition. A personal favourite piece was The Masked Singer, in which the artist Milly Scales created animalistic costumes. Each piece in the room was carefully thought out with unique artistic flair. From varied textures to the grandeur of sweeping gowns, there was something for everyone in this gallery.  

If you want to see some of the talents of tomorrow display their work, then this is truly an exceptional show worth the visit. The Northern School of Art’s Degree Show remains open to the public until Friday 7th June at 1 Church Street, Hartlepool. Admission is free. 


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