27 June - 26 September 2013
Each year CAMAC, a design and exhibition company, run a Student Wallpaper Design Competition that challenges surface design students from colleges across the UK to create a contemporary wallpaper design from a commercially orientated Brief. During 2012, students - including those from Leeds College of Art - were asked to draw inspiration from the life and work of arguably the greatest British architect, designer and writer of the 19th century, AWN Pugin in his bicentennial year.
At a time when students are struggling to gain work experience in industry, this competition - designed to sit within the curriculum and to inspire individuality and experimentation - offers not only the chance for aspiring and emerging young designers to display their work in leading galleries and museums and to be a part of the London Design Festival, but also the opportunity to be awarded work placements in leading design studios such as, Zoffany, Graham & Brown, Anstey, Timorous Beasties, CWV, Cole & Son and Sanderson.
Going beyond the Gothic, this exhibition, on display in the Servant’s Hall, at Lotherton Hall, showcases a range of student work from colourful explorations of the relationship between space and pattern, a botanical tribute inspired by Pugin’s furniture at Lotherton Hall and a Gothic ‘indulgence’ paying homage to artist Bridget Riley and weaver Alastair Morton.
Image: Winner of the Pugin Society Award, 2012. The wallpaper design by Stephanie Rostron from Leeds College of Art was inspired by Pugin’s eagle lectern at St Giles Catholic Church, Cheadle. All rights reserved.