The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East Londonâ€™s Creative and Media students were out in force at Rich Mix Cultural Foundation on Friday (24 May), to showcase their work at CREATE 001. Right in the heart of the UKâ€™s creative and digital media scene, inspired by the work coming out of Shoreditch, Brick Lane and Bethnal Green, the creative and media students put on a free show of outstanding creativity and technical expertise.
The three-hour show was divided into sets consisting of Music Technology, Media Production, Games and App Development, Animation and Art and Design.
Music technology students, singers Jayd’n Noel and Shari Kellman said of their experience: “We’ve really grown in confidence since we started the course and the hours of rehearsal have paid off. We feel so at home on stage now!”
Artists, family and friends moved amongst the spot lit displays of striking paintings, sketches and illustrations, just a few feet from where musicians performed in a wide variety of musical styles. From Rap to RnB, Indie to Soul and experimental to abstract, their common bond was an appreciative audience of music lovers enjoying entertaining and accomplished performances.
Performance and DJ sets alternated with screenings of Animation and Media shorts. Every film genre conceivable was represented from comedy and drama to thriller and zombie horror.
Upstairs, Games Development students had built a series of booths screened off by displays, for visitors to try their hand at beating their games.
James Charlton and Billy Teagle-Storey and Richard Lucas and Ricky Kyriacou demonstrated ‘one player shooter games’ designed on Unity 3D Animation Software.
Off to Teesside University to study Games Programming, in September their classmate Gary Shilton is going to Hertfordshire University to study Game Art ad 3D Modelling. “I love drawing” said Gary “and my ambition is to become an artist rather than a programmer.”
Other Level 3 students are staying at College to complete their HNC and HND study, which is equivalent to the first and second year of a degree and works out much cheaper than paying university tuition fees.
Frances McGowan said: “I want to progress to degree level study but I don’t feel university is the right fit for me just now. I can top up my HNC and HND to a degree by going to university for my final year.”
Carlos Lopez and Joshua Nsubuga, who are also aiming for the College’s HNC and HND route to success, have just completed work with Circle Sports, a sports development initiative for young people.
Carlos and Joshua designed mascots for the organisation to use in their marketing. Carlos’ idea of two llamas on bicycles, one male, one female won the overall competition and Carlos will develop his idea further for Circle Sports.
Carlos said: “I went to Japan earlier in the year because that’s the centre of the games industry. Once I have my degree, I want to work there.”
The show closed with a tribute to everyone who had exhibited and special thanks went to Melda Mahmutoglu, Dominic Esprit, Michael Elesheku and Victoria Ardamatskaja who won the ‘Animated Exeter’s Young Ones under 18s Animation Award’ earlier in the year.