After the Summer Show, about ten of us from the illustration course joined by two from graphic design took a concentrated version of our show to New Designers, a fair for arts graduates in London.
On the run up to New Designers, I wrote a guest blog for them about my creative practice. I've been published before, by the Association of Colleges and the student magazine Artboard, and I clearly write my own blog, but this was a new context for me. It was difficult trying to decide what people would actually want to know about what I do, but I think I got it right!
I also got to do the HCA @ ND Part 2 Takeover on the Hereford College of Arts Student Union Instagram account. Despite being a visual communicator by trade, the media & publicity side of the student union is the one I've had the least experience with. Incoming media officer Tori Oliver had been overseeing the various New Designers and Free Range takeovers this summer, so I had all the help I needed. It took a long time uploading the photos and videos on the wifi but it was a nice feeling knowing that I'd done my bit helping give some amazing work a bit of extra publicity.
When I finally got chance to look around the rest of New Designers, I met some really cool people at the other stalls! As with the HCA Summer Show, it was great to see how well everyone spoke about their work. I'm looking forward to having the spare time to have a closer look online at all the cool projects I saw. Finally, when I returned home to Hereford a week or so later I found an email from someone who'd been looking at my work at the stall and wanted to invite me to another exhibition, which I'm quite excited about!
My advice would be if you're thinking of going to exhibit, go as a visitor the year before (or if you couldn't do that and you're exhibiting in Part 2, visit Part 1, which is on the week before). If you know someone exhibiting there you might be able to get a discount code for your ticket off them, so it's worth asking around!
Have you been to New Desigers? Tell me about how you found it and what your advice is in the comments below!