BBDPA 2021

We are extremely pleased to announce that Seb Lansdowne and Nathaniel Stevens were respectively winner and highly commended for this year’s British Book Design and Production Award in the students’ category. Our most sincere congratulations to both students. Seb Lansdowne winning the award makes this the third UWE student’s victory in the past 4 editions of the award (that was sadly suspended for 1 year because of the Covid19 pandemic).

Seb entered the competition with his book “Monstruous Carbuncle”, a collection of text and visual essays on Brutalism, while Nathaniel’s “A is for Apple” is a journey through all the meanings and cultural references of the apple as an object. Both books were written, designed and produced as part of the Typography and Print module for level 2 students at UWE Bristol Graphic Design BA, with lecturers Marco Ugolini and Gabriel Solomons.

The BBDPA is one of the most prestigious and popular events of the year, promoting the excellence of the British book design and production industry and celebrating the best books of the year in 18 categories. This year’s award ceremony took place on Nov 8th at De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in London and was conducted by radio and TV presented Penny Smith.

Cheerful 2021

On this mini-site you can see a series animated gifs our current Level 2 students have designed as an outcome of a fast-pace workshop in the last week, inspired on the sentence: “Reasons to be Cheerful”. The students were great at working fast to generate ideas, using animation, typography, live action, few props and other elements to come up with these.

Bristol BHM Celebration Event 2021

Join the team behind the Bristol Black History Month Magazine on the 20th of October, 7.00pm – 12.00pm!

A fundraising event with music, art and food to celebrate Black culture in Bristol’s hottest new independent venue Strange Brew!

The evening will kick off with traditional Caribbean food provided by Jamaican takeaway Café Conscious, and speeches from guest speakers Amirah Cole and Wish Master. Followed by a curated art exhibition, featuring work from Black Bristol Photographers Rick Thompson and Donavan Jackson, and ending with music from local Black Bristol DJs, DJ Style & MC J.n.R!

We will be celebrating the new exciting 2021 edition of the Bristol Black History Month magazine and new partnership with Cognitive Paths, Punch Records and Cables&Cameras! Our collaboration brings inclusive media focusing around the topics of heritage, talent, knowledge and education to amplify Black voices, culture and lived experience. Our vision is to support and represent Black communities and creatives in Bristol throughout the year, not just in October.

Would you like to support us?
Each ticket includes a printed copy of the magazine, food, a curated exhibition and a donation.You can do this by attending our event. We want to really engage with Black and Minoritised communities especially ones we have supported and celebrate with you our event!

Thank you for keeping Bristol Black History Month a continued success!
Click here for tickets to purchase tickets for the event.

The Periphery Students Project – Application Deadline: 21st Oct

The Periphery is a student project inspired by the work of Stephen Gill, who will be exhibiting at Arnolfini between 16 October-16 January. A collaboration between The School of Art & Design, Arnolfini, and ACE Technical Learning.

Level 2 undergraduate students from Art & Design or Photography are invited to apply to get involved.
What to do if you’re interested:

Watch a recording of the project launch here. Includes an introduction to this opportunity, also to Stephen Gill’s art work, by Arnolfini Director Gary Topp.

Study Stephen Gill’s work and visit his exhibition at Arnolfini (opens Saturday 16th October). Think about Stephen’s concept of ‘the periphery’, and how it might inspire you, or be an imaginative starting point for something new. Make sure you can be available on your Project Day (see details below). Stephen’s idea of the periphery is a starting point that can be interpreted in loads of different ways. E.g. Peripheral vision, margins, edges, liminal spaces, unattended to / undervalued / under-represented…? It’s up to you. Just don’t copy Stephen’s work! He already made it!

Apply to get involved via this link:
Deadline: 5pm – Thursday 21st October 2021.

Participants will attend a Project Day on Friday 5th November. These days will feature experimental making sessions led by technical staff, also academics and researchers. Materials will be provided for these workshops. Explore new processes and approaches! Make new art work! Work alongside students from other courses! It will be at Bower Ashton. (Times to be confirmed.)

Depending on your programme commitments, participants will also be able to book follow-up time in Fabrication and other technical areas at Bower Ashton during Mon-Weds 8th, 9th, 10th November, to develop your new art work. (Book via Student Project Coordinators:, 01173286886.)

Produce quality documentation of your art work, and process, as you go. We will ask you for high quality images and/or footage of the new work / project that you develop.

Further info:

Stephen Gill’s Arnolfini exhibition details are here , visiting days / times are here. Check out Arnolfini’s bookshop on the ground floor and Reading Room on 2nd floor.

Here are two short videos produced by Louisiana Museum, Denmark, featuring Stephen discussing recent projects.

Stephen’s exhibition is part of the brilliant Bristol Photo Festival, you might like to check out some other photography-related exhibitions and events happening in the city this Autumn.

Any questions:

Please email Mike Ricketts (Associate Head of Department: Art) at

Holey and Moley – Junior Designer(s) Wanted!

Holey & Moley is once again hiring a Junior Motion Designer:

This position is ideally aimed at a recent graduate that’s got some motion experience but is eager to learn more whilst working in the broadcast industry. The position is full time, starting on 16k-18k salary.

Everyone is welcome to apply!
They are looking for as many applications as possible.

We are looking for a new recruit; a switched-on creative who has talent, energy and a desire to work in motion graphics. A visual artist and creative thinker, you will be just as happy working on design, concept ideas and problem solving as you will be re-branding, art-working and training in new areas. Our ideal candidate will be someone who lives and breathes design and has the skills and aptitude to develop and become a key member of our award-winning team. This is a fantastic opportunity for the right person to grow and learn within a demanding industry, gain skills and training and be nurtured within a small but experienced company.

Creative Conscience Awards 2021

We are proud to announce that 2 of our students received Bronze and 1 student’s project was highly commended for the Creative Conscience Award 2021.

Flora McRae – Bronze:
Jack Jones – Bronze:
Lauren Dutch – Highly Commended:

More shortlisted projects from students: Imogen Hunter, Daisy McAllister, Daisy Wilkinson and David Perry.

Congratulations to them and to all of the students who entered this year’s competition as well.

Creative Conscience
Creative Conscience is an award for students projects that promote sustainability, freedom, equality and well-being. This reflects in many ways the nature of our course, the reflections, conversations and the work produced by the BA students.

Bristol Black History Month Magazine

Are you an emerging Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Content Creator, Photographer or a Videographer? Would you like your work featured in the BHM magazine and on the BSWN website? We are looking for engaging, innovative and high-quality creative content across the themes of education, heritage, talent, knowledge and race for this year’s BHM magazine.

Why are we reaching out to YOU! We want to create a magazine that is representative of the South West and its communities. So submit your material and we will promote it on our socials, magazine and website.
You can get involved by:

Writing an Article for us!
Sharing your Creative Work with us!
Promoting your Event!
Advertising your Business with us!

Deadline: 6th September

All info here: