Students Show and Tell at annual art show

A range of innovative products designed to improve everyday life are to feature in Staffordshire University's annual Art and Design Degree show, opening this Friday.

Visitors to the show will be able to view comfortable seating designed to improve patients experience of Accident and Emergency departments, a pot plant to collect your parcels and a ride on toy for children with disabilities.

BA (Hons) Product Design student Tom Richardson, 24 from Stone, designed ROW-DE after being frustrated by the lack of toys on the market for children with physical disabilities.

He explained: “It is aimed at 3 to 5 years olds and aims to include all children whether they're able-bodied or they have disabilities. It is propelled by a rowing mechanism and controlled by arm movement rather than pedals.”

The exhibition celebrates the final-year work of over 250 students from a wide range of Art, Design and Media courses. Star of Great Pottery Throwdown Keith Brymer Jones is opening the show and members of the public are invited onto campus to view the exhibition from 9 to 16 June.
Staffordshire University's creative curriculum is recognised nationally with standout performances in latest Guardian League Tables, where  Fashion & Textiles ranked 2nd in the country and Design & Crafts ranked 7th.

The exhibition also showcases the work of BA (Hons) Graphic Design student James Hansell and Molly Turton, studying BA (Hons) Illustration who are celebrating after winning prestigious D&AD New Blood Awards.

James has redesigned the BBC's IPlayer to use face-reading technology which can recommend content based on emotional reactions. Molly's brief was to reimagine a much-loved Beano character and impressed judges with her modern take on Beryl the Peril who has swapped mischievous antics for acts of kindness.

James said: “D&AD is almost like the Grammy's of the design world and the pencil awards that they give out are an internationally recognised symbol of excellence. It's great to go out of uni with a bang and we are ecstatic with the results.”

BA (Hons) Textile Surfaces student Becky Rawlins, 21 form Market Harborough, is another competition winner.  Last year, national retailer Wilko set a live brief to create a range of bedding and Becky's was chosen to be sold in store this Autumn.

The bedding is under wraps until it hits the shops but Becky is displaying another range of space-themed children's bedding in the exhibition. She said: “I really love space and when I was kid this is the sort of bedding that I would've wanted!”

Linda Rolland, a mature Fine Art student from Leek, created a series of artworks after breaking her wrist and losing the use of her dominant hand. Representations of her hand adorn the gallery in range of mediums including a 3D scan, porcelain casts, video and photography.

She explained: “It's not really about an accident and it's not really about my broken hand so much as the things that happen to us in life. All these interruptions and the way we respond to them - that's what makes us who we are.

“Life is always breaking us down and we are always trying to repair and recover and hopefully we can go on doing that until we can’t anymore. Always the spirit should be there to rise above it and make your recovery.”

Show and Tell is open to the public from 9 to 16 June - for full details and opening times visit

There is also a Sunday Funday on 10 June where children can have a look around the show and take part in fun art activities then on 13 June Carola Boehm, Professor of Art and Higher Education, will deliver a free public talk exploring some of her creative projects.


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