‘Friends of the Show’ to boost creative talent

The University of Dundee is inviting businesses and individuals to support some of the UK’s top young artists, designers and architects as they prepare for the biggest event of their careers to date.

A new ‘Friends of the Show’ scheme has been set up to help ensure this year’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and Architecture Degree Show provides the best possible platform for graduating students. Packages range from £250-£1000 and come with a range of opportunities for Friends.

The Degree Show is one of the highlights of Dundee’s cultural calendar, attracting around 15,000 visitors annually and generating in excess of £1.5million for the local economy in the process. As Scotland gears up for the opening of the V&A Dundee in September, this year’s Degree Show will highlight the role that culture is playing in driving the city’s regeneration.

By joining the scheme, Friends will provide invaluable backing to graduating artists, designers and architects as they launch their extraordinary creative talent on the national stage. Friends will also play a key part in helping to attract new visitors to Dundee’s vibrant cultural community.

“The Degree Show showcases Dundee’s incredible emerging talent – talent which is the result of several years of creative development and sheer hard work,” said Professor Paul Harris, Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design.

“Within the University’s Architecture programme and Duncan of Jordanstone College we have some of the UK’s best young creatives. For most, Degree Show is the first opportunity to showcase their work to the world, sell themselves to employers, gallery owners and industry professionals, and take the initial steps towards fulfilling their dreams.

“In order to help them make the most of this opportunity we want to present to the global stage the best show possible for our students. Signing up as a Friend will enhance the quality and profile of the show and help our remarkable students. Degree Show provides a huge boost for local businesses and significant cultural cache for the city so we hope businesses and individuals back this new initiative.”

This year’s Degree Show runs from 18-27 May, when Duncan of Jordanstone will once again be transformed into Scotland’s largest exhibition space.

Interested businesses and individuals can choose from three levels of support for the exhibition. The range of opportunities depend on whether supporters sign up as a Bronze (£250), Silver (£500) or Gold (£1000) Friend and include invitations to the Degree Show opening night, exclusive tours and events, materials to display in shop windows and recognition on the exhibition website and in the catalogue.

The University’s Development and Alumni Relations team will be out and about in the local community over the next few weeks to promote Friends of the Show. Anyone who would like to become a Friend or find out more about the scheme should email development@dundee.ac.uk or call 01382 384821. 

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