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February 2017

RAR

Rock Against Racism Hits the Street

By | Fine Art, Government & Politics, Graphic Design, News, Sociology

A visually stunning retrospective exhibition reflecting Hull’s fight against racism is being held at Wyke in March. The original silkscreen posters, designed by Richard Lees, for Hull Rock Against Racism 1979-82, are being hung on the Learning Street corridor of the Oak building.

“This Is Hull!” presents a body of work in the revolutionary tradition of German Expressionism, Soviet Constructivism and Paris 68 Atelier Populaire. Alongside the screen prints will be a student response entitled “Fifty Protest Songs”, a series of framed images produced by the Wyke A level Graphic Design course.

Hull Rock Against Racism got started in 1979 when community activists, grassroots anti-racist campaigners and musicians came together to promote regular RAR gigs with local bands in the heart of West Hull.

With production runs of around 250 , Richard Lees’ silkscreen posters were fly-posted all over Hull, often in blocks of 4 -8 posters per site, creating a powerful and sustained anti-racist street art presence in the city, just as important as the events they promoted.

The bands and the community centre have gone but the posters are reaching out to new audiences: with six on permanent display at Hull’s Wilberforce House Museum, the whole lot are on a UK tour, to Manchester’s People’s History Museum, London’s Rich Mix, Edinburgh’s Summerhall and now at Wyke Sixth Form College.

Further details of a private view and public access will be available shortly through our Facebook page.

TED Talks Tuesday

TED Talk Tuesday

By | Business, Media, News, On Campus

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design — three broad subject areas that are collectively shaping our world. Each Tuesday lunch, leading up to Easter, Wyke will be showing a different TED talk on the big screen at 1pm.

A TED conference explores a range of themes and examines how they interconnect. As they take in the program, attendees and speakers from vastly different fields can cross-fertilize and draw inspiration from unlikely places. This is the magic of TED.

The first talk in the series is “Do schools kill creativity?”, scheduled for Tuesday 28th February. Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures creativity.

Photography A Level

Photography in the Frame

By | Awards, Course News, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Media, News, Photography

The Art & Design department are celebrating after collecting a number of awards from a local photography competition. UNTITLED is open to all regional sixth formers and organised by the BA (Hons) Photography programme at Hull School of Art and Design.

This year eleven of the twenty-four shortlisted pieces were submitted by Wyke students. The theme is open, hence the name UNTITLED, and yesterday Wyke students won the “People’s Choice Award”, collecting an overall third prize from across all categories.

“The competition is a great opportunity for us to discover what’s happening in local schools and colleges. It also raises awareness of the exciting opportunities that come with studying photography with us at degree level”, enthuses Mark Terry, Course Leader in BA Photography at HSAD.

Award winning Wyke student, Lydia Shearsmith, submitted an inspiring image of a Hull street scene taken down The Land of Green Ginger, near Whitefriargate (the image at the top of this post).

“The photograph tells a story. The two relaxed characters in the foreground are oblivious to the camera. But the younger couple are aware and cautious of the camera, and also of the two older figures.”

“It gives an indication as to how generations react to each other. It also gives an insight into society and how people act and react in their environments.”

Lydia’s hard work has already paid off, as she has been accepted onto a prestigious photography course at Falmouth University.

Paul Hughes, Head of Photography at Wyke College, encourages all of his pupils to enter the competition: “The UNTITLED exhibition is great for their confidence, as their work can be seen and recognised. I think it also raises awareness of creative study in Hull.”

“We have some really talented people in our city and exhibitions like these promote creative thinking.”

Wyke recommend that you visit the exhibition while you can, which can be found in The Brodrick Gallery at Hull School of Art and Design (Wilberforce Drive in Hull city centre). It runs until Friday 24 February.

Visit the College in Action

By | News, On Campus

Friday 10th February is a date for your diary if you would like to visit Wyke and see the college in action.

Parents of prospective students are welcome to visit the college campus. The day begins at 10.00am prompt with an address from the College Principal in the Oak theatre. To confirm your place please email Annabel Robinson, Marketing Officer, at annabel.robinson@wyke.ac.uk

After this introduction small groups of visitors will be guided round the College to gain an insight into a working day at Wyke.

If you need any further information please contact Annabel Robinson, Marketing Officer, by email annabel.robinson@wyke.ac.uk