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Christmas Spirit

By | Community, Fine Art, Graphic Design, News for Parents, On Campus, Photography, Student Association

This year, Wyke doesn’t have one official Christmas card, it has five!

Each year, students are invited to submit their designs for the College’s Christmas card. As the response from the students was fantastic, and the quality high, it was impossible to select just one. From Banksy inspired traditional designs with a post-modern twist, to beautifully illustrated penguins performing amazing feats, everyone has their own favourite.

Congratulations to our winning students. Evie Spencer (Penguin with Christmas Tree) Maisie Hart (Bird), Ayah Moudares (Christmas Tree), Leia Tonkin (All I Want), and Isobel Smith (Penguin Bauble).

The brief asked the students to create a design that tackles the climate crisis but with a festive/seasonal theme. They were asked to consider how current climate change and environmental issues could be interpreted into the brief, whether it is through the visual imagery produced, a statement or the materials used.

The winning students will all receive prizes and their designs will be printed for sale from the Student Executive at £2.50 per pack of five, with proceeds donated to the Student Hardship Fund.

Alicia Abbott designs County Lines Awareness music video

By | Fine Art, Graphic Design, News

Wyke student Alicia Abbot has been busy working on her final portfolio for her Fine Art and Graphics courses, but has found the time to work with Hull based design company INIT Creative to design and develop a music video to raise awareness of county lines drug running. Working in conjunction with Hull charity, BeatsBus, the video is designed to highlight the issues and dangers surrounding county lines drugs running and how to the spot the signs of a young person becoming involved.

Alicia was involved throughout the whole process, which has seen her create the characters in the style of Jamie Hewlett of Gorillaz fame. Adam Storch and Brendan Storch of INIT Creative said: “All of us here really believe that she is already among Hull’s most accomplished visual artists. We had known from talking to her previously that her real passion lies in character design; and this really shines through in this piece.

“When your work has already drawn compliments from Jamie Hewlett, you know you’re doing something right! Her ability to interpret briefs and creative such fantastic, professional-level work at such a young age in a credit to both her and the teaching and support offered to students at Wyke College.

“It is not an exaggeration to say that we could not have produced what we did without her.”

Here Alicia has kindly given us an insight into the project and her involvement throughout.

How did you get involved with the County Lines Awareness Project?

I’m very close to INIT Creative, who often notify me of any storyboard or art jobs that I can do for them. I received a message back in January asking if I was interested in working on a music video for BeatsBus. I try to take on any opportunity I can no matter how busy I am, which I don’t always recommend – but it works for me!

What was your inspiration?

For this project specifically, there wasn’t any other media I used to help inspire me, which I really should have done! Although the positive to this is that it makes it a lot more authentic, I used no artistic references, it is completely my style. But an art style doesn’t come from nowhere, and I’d say artists like Jamie Hewlett and Katsuhiro Otomo have inspired my art significantly.

What do you hope the campaign will achieve?

As shown by the County Lines music video, we are made aware that social media is very significant to the reason why young people  find themselves delving into dark paths. I hope that the campaign will not only encourage safety, but also spread awareness about the internet is becoming and easy way for criminals to target troubled youth.

What are your plans after Wyke?

After a year in the Wyke Foundation Course for Art & Design, I will be looking into finding a Comic and Concept Art course at university, because I believe that it’s a course that I can truly flourish in. I want to continue collaborating in projects like this, alongside discography design, game art and any other sort of art involved with media. I’m undecided about what job I want to focus my art on, so I’m hoping that I can work in a varied artistic field.

 

Click here to see the County Lines Awareness video.

Watch Alicia and INIT Creative’s interview here.

To see more of Alicia’s work, watch out for our upcoming Virtual Art Exhibition 2021.

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Emilia Barry

Aspiring Film Producer

By | Awards, Community, Course News, Film Studies, Fine Art, French, Media

Former Wyke Sixth Form College student, Emilia Barry, has spent the last couple of months overseeing the pre-production of Young Adults, a short film in association with the National Youth Film Academy.

After collecting her A level results in Film Studies, French and Fine Art this summer, Emilia will leave for London’s Ravensbourne University where she hopes to pursue her lifelong dream of working in the industry.

She said: “My obsession with cinema started when I was about four-years-old. I became really obsessed with Tim Burton after seeing Corpse Bride because that was the first film that made me cry and I developed a massive love for him and all of his films.

“Then when I was eight I watched the academy awards and I sort of got this sense that this is where I belonged and this is where my future was going to be.

“So from that point onwards on knew the film industry was the industry I wanted to work in it was just figuring out where I wanted to work that was a challenge.”

“I went through phases of wanting to work in all different types of roles and then when I was 16 I worked with BFI to produce my first ever short film and I realised that I’m sort of a natural producer.

“Ultimately I’d like to be a producer/writer/director but right now I’m focusing very much on producing because that’s the thing I need to learn the most for.”

She said being an aspiring filmmaker in Hull isn’t easy but more distinguished names from the area are often willing to lend a hand.

“It’s definitely more challenging than it is for a lot of my friends in the industry who are based in the south or bigger places like Manchester where the film industry is more prominent,” she said.

“But it is still absolutely possible to get involved with it from Hull.

“There are a few big film makers from Hull such as Chris Hees and Sean McAllister – if you can in touch with them or get involved with BFI then that can be a great opportunity, if you really prove yourself to them and then they will be a reference for you.”

This year her A level results will be determined by predicated grades and coursework. What had promised to be a hectic few months suddenly became a clear schedule. Emilia took full advantage of the time, throwing herself into the production of Young Adults.

She said: “At the start of May I was put in touch with 14 other people who were aged between 16 and 26 from all around the country.

“I’d never met them before and we all had to come together to come up with a concept for a film and then just create it.

“My job in this has been pretty major so far because it’s all been pre-production. I had to spend pretty much every day of lockdown down on meetings, with emails, and dealing with paperwork.

“We’ve also been doing a lot of script surgery and contacting businesses, making sure everyone knows what’s going on and trying to establish locations for the film, additional casting and everything.”

She described the film as a part coming of age tale and part family drama, with a focus on the tensions within families.

As part of the project the team must raise funds to meet the production costs of the film which includes equipment, locations, casting, distribution and advertising.

Visit https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/young-adults-short-film to help Emilia reach the £8,000 production target.

 

mandeep

Mandeep Wins Top 30 Award

By | Awards, Community, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Law, Photography
Congratulations to Mandeep Kaur on collecting her  Humber “Top 30 under 30” award. 

BusinessLive, part of the Hull Daily Mail online output,  have been celebrating the winners this spring. They wrote, “Mandeep always offers to go above and beyond to cater for everyone’s needs. After university, Mandeep started working for the Schools and Colleges Liaison Service, where she still resides today, firstly as an office assistant before rising through the ranks and becoming an officer responsible for student recruitment. Throughout her role, she has become an integral member of staff who continues to pursue opportunities to better herself and her costumer service.Mandeep is a true unsung hero of the university. All the time and effort she puts into her work is not just because it is her job, but also because it is her passion.”

We contacted Mandeep, asking her to reflect on how her time at Wyke impacted on her future direction.

She said, “I am delighted to be one of the Top 30 Under 30 winners for 2020. The award not only recognises the skills and achievements of young people within the Yorkshire and Humber region, it also inspires young people to learn about the range of opportunities and potential in this area.
 
I hope that young people can see the journey that I have been on to get to where I am and feel inspired to also achieve the best for themselves. A lot of my success stems from my time as a student at Wyke Sixth Form College (2007 – 2009).
 
Reflecting back on my time at Wyke, I was a very proactive student and got involved in many brilliant opportunities. I represented the college during Open Evenings as a Student Crew member. This was a role I took a lot of pride in as I welcomed prospective students and their families to Wyke. I also had the opportunity to raise funds, organise and participate in events for various organisations, such as the first ever Wyke Fashion Show. Through studying Law, I became a ‘witness’ in the Bar Mock Trial at Leeds Crown Court against other colleges and sixth forms in the region and I was also interviewed by John Prescott in my Art class as part of a BBC documentary.
 
I have so many wonderful memories of my time as a student at Wyke. I now realise how those two years had provided me with a strong foundation of skills and confidence to progress into Higher Education, working life and now achieving a Top 30 Under 30 award.”
Picture of the Dirar Family

A Picture Paints a Thousand Words

By | Community, Fine Art, Graphic Design, News, Photography

The College are very proud that artwork produced by three Wyke students – Ethar, Akram and Waieel Dirar will be on display at the Artwaves Festival at the Bridlington Spa.

The theme of the Dirars artwork focuses on telling the story of the perilous journeys that refugees and asylum seekers are forced to endure to reach safety, something that the family have first-hand experience of, living in a refugee camp for four years before moving to the U.K.

In an interview on the ArtWaves Festival website, the Dirars said that “art helped us cope with our life in limbo, living in a tent in a refugee camp… We feel passionately for the refugees risking their lives everyday across the sea. We lost many friends to the sea as they tried to flee. Through our paintings, drawings and words, we share our story in the hope of raising awareness of their plight and this important issue.”

The ArtWaves Festival runs from 22nd-23rd June, with a full programme of events available on their website.

Introducing the Wyke Student Media Team!

By | Creative Media, Drama & Theatre, English, Film Studies, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Media, Music, News, Performing Arts, Photography, Physical Education, Sport, Uncategorised

What is the Student Media Team?

Fancy a career in the media or just want to get involved in some amazing projects? The Wyke Sixth Form College Voluntary Student Media Team is brand new this year and brings together different media platforms to help you gain experience for your future or simply follow an interest.

We are looking for students to take up the role of Journalists, Presenters, Camera Crew, Social Media Content Managers, Content Editors, Video Editors, Photographers and Graphic Designers to help cover news, events and activities from around the College including student successes, sports competitions, charity days and awards evenings. You may even have your own ideas for a project.

If you are interested in joining email marklucid@wyke.ac.uk stating which role you are interested in, along with a short personal statement introducing yourself and why you will be good for the role! Application deadline is Friday 30th November. 

 

Available Job Roles and Descriptions

Journalists

We are looking for student journalists to research, write and assemble together news stories from around the College in print and online. The aim of this job is to keep your audience abreast and interested of the events around the College.

Photographers

If you have a keen eye for detail then this job may be for you. We need a small team of photographers to use a variety of photographic equipment to capture moments of events, people, objects or scenes from around the College.

Graphic Designers

As a graphic designer you will design art/graphics for use in all media products such as magazines, advertisements and social/web posts.

Camera Crew

The camera crew will be responsible for operating all camera equipment both in College and out on location to creatively frame and capture action. Other responsibilities include; planning, preparing and rehearsing scenes, assembling and setting up equipment and adjusting sound and lighting.

Video Editor

As a film or video editor, you’ll be responsible for assembling recorded raw material into a finished product that’s suitable for broadcasting. The material may include camera footage, dialogue, sound effects, graphics and special effects.

Content Editors

We are looking for students with excellent grammar and communication skills and a keen interest in publishing to support all stages of the publication of; online material, publicity materials, news articles and more.

Presenters

We are recruiting confident student presenters to provide a voice or face to a range of shows and videos to feature live, on WykeTV and the internet. Key tasks include; writing and rehearsing scripts, presenting on news and activities from around the College and conducting interviews.

Social Media Content Managers

Social media content managers are needed to create informative and engaging content for the Wyke website and for Wyke’s social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The social media content manager will work closely alongside the Journalist to gather content and then adapt this for online purposes.

Victoria series 3

Back to the 1850s

By | College Trips, Community, Course News, Drama & Theatre, Film Studies, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Media, News, Performing Arts, Photography

BTEC Creative Digital Media students will be stepping back over 150 years as they visit the set of an internationally acclaimed television period drama.

Over three days the cast and crew of Mammoth Screen have been shooting scenes for series 3 of “Victoria” on High Street in the Old Town of Hull. Against a backdrop on cobbled lanes and fine Victorian architecture, the High Street has been dressed to disguise any indication of modern life. Street lighting has been covered with stacks of wooden barrels, period posters have been placed over modern billboards and the yellow double lines have been painted over in a dull grey paint. These simple changes have made one of Hull’s most famous streets the ideal film set.

Rebecca Ives, Head of Media and Film at Wyke, is using the occasion to inform her students about the employment opportunities in the wider media industry. She said, “On Friday I will be talking two groups of BTEC Media students to observe the media industry in action. It’s great for students to experience the scale and professionalism of such a well-respected television drama. Not only will they see the use of camera, sound and lighting, they will also see the supporting assistant directors, the set dressers and continuity assistants.”

Mammoth Screen selected Hull over many other rival locations. The scenes shot on the High Street will form 15 minutes of action on screen when the new series is aired later this year.

Media Studies

Model Music Video

By | Course News, Creative Media, Film Studies, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Media, News, Photography, Uncategorised

The deadline for A level Media Studies and A level Film Studies coursework is approaching. As students are putting the final touches to their submissions, it’s an opportunity to view some of the outstanding work produced by this years creatives.

First up is Maisie Tongeman’s re-working of “1 Night” by Mura Masa & Charli XCX. The video stars a retro shop manikin bought off eBay, shot in a local hotel room and the newly developed Humber Street area. Excellent art direction, skillful editing and quality cinematography – it’s a great piece of work. Well done Maisie!

The full video is available to view on the College’s YouTube site alongside other student production. https://youtu.be/enTmAjogfFI

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.

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.