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Student Shows 2014: Liverpool John Moores University

Gareth Horton reviews LJMU’s end of year show, housed within its School of Art and Design

LJMU’s School or Art and Design never fails to put on a fantastic end of year degree show. Held in the award-winning Art and Design Academy, surrounded by the exhibits of the many arts subjects, the BA(Hons) and MArch exhibits display an impressive variety and breadth of work. The undergraduate course focuses on three unique design themes: ‘creative-hybrid’; ‘Film and Architecture’ and ‘From Sea to Mountain’, The postgraduate course focused on the possibilities offered by decaying urban areas in Liverpool and Porto, Portugal.

Stand out unit & students

The quality of the MArch exhibition clearly stood out above others within the show. An attractive, informative and well put-together exhibition, compromising of collections of work from multiple groups of students leading around the display. Group Masterplans from earlier in the year sat surrounded by final project work of each individual group member, providing context for each of the projects while cleverly linking each group to another.

Michael Blackhurt’s project ‘Littoral Metamorphosis’ and Dominic Garret’s pavilion are two examples of many an informed design project excellently presented, produced by the third years.  The MArch course showcased the skills developed by the students over the past years. Luis Lopez Suarez produced an outstanding

  • Gareth Horton, architectural assistant, AR2 Architects

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