Student Design Competition: Create for Free Range 2015

by Cass Art

After the success of Free Thinking, Cass Art’s series of creative graduate talks at Free Range last summer, we are delighted to be partnering with Free Range again for 2015. Free Range, based at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, is the place to spot the latest trends and newest talent from graduate artists & designers.

Just to put the event size into perspective, the venue covers an 11 acre site; the same size as the V&A Museum. Free Range’s sheer scale over one location and the fact that it is free entry means that it is a very popular one-stop shop to view, buy and head-hunt for the latest talent. And now’s the time to get involved!

Since its inception in 2001, Free Range has become the number one platform and launch pad for the next crop of creatives to showcase their work to both the public and industry. Attracting visitor numbers to rival the largest art events, the annual Free Range exhibitions present the work of thousands of art & design students in several distinct categories including: fashion, art, graphics, photography and interior design.

Founder Tamsin O’Hanlon says: “It’s not just about showcasing, it’s about getting a job, learning the process, giving them confidence and knowledge and making them feel like they’ve got someone to talk to. You’re not sure, as a student, if an organisation will actually care! That personal approach is one of the reasons why students come here. As Free Range has grown, so has the brewery.”


Plus this year it’s offering an additional chance for the artists out there to wield their creative forces. Free Range’s iconic catalogue covers have been catching eyes and showcasing work for 14 years – and now the opportunity is open to students and graduates to have their design on the cover. An awesome opportunity for all!

The deadline is 22nd February, so learn more about the competition and entry specifications here.
 Free Range Covers

 Ahead of Free Thinking at Free Range 2015, we take a look at some of our favourite pieces of work from the past 14 years…(we’re getting excited – can’t you tell?)

Painting by George Vlachakis
George Vlachakis (2003)

Studied MA Fine Art at Wimbledon College of Art.

Untitled: Mixed Media 420cm X 190cm

Untitled: Mixed Media 350cm x 170cm

Liam Arthur Photography

Liam Arthur (2004)

Studied BA Photography at Falmouth College of Arts.

Liam has achieved great success in the industry with a beautiful portfolio of images. See his work on his website.


Tom Robertson mixed media

Tom Robertson (2005)

Studied BA Fine Art at Bath Spa University.

Sky Zoo: Household paint, acrylic, bobbly eyes on canvas. 280cm x 170cm.


Alistar Burleigh 

Alistair Burleigh (2006)

Studied Fine Art Contemporary Media at University Wales College Newport.

360 Degree Video Installation. Virtual space and real space truly collide. Two versions of the same geometric arrangement of blocks overlap in 'real' and virtual space.

Alistair is now a researcher at Cardiff University, specialising in concept design for creative technologies.


Bel James drawing and performance 

Bel James (2008)

Studied BA Fine Art at Northbrook College

The work incorporates performance, and drawing methods more commonly referred to as Process Art. Particular motivation comes from indirect hand contact with the media/materials that result in drawings. The artworks process is sometimes documented through films and photography, whilst the drawings remain as the key indicators of the performance.


Lora Zhivkova 

Lora Zhivkova (2009)
Studied Photography at Westminster University

Men & Women: "Painted Childhood" mixed media works

Grandmothers & Aunts: "Painted Childhood" mixed media works

 Kathryn Thomas pigment on paper and steel

Kathryn Thomas (2010)

Studied Fine Art at The University of Northampton.

Unseeing 2010: Installation. Pigment on paper and steel.


Sarah Chatwin 

Sarah Chatwin (2012)

Studied BA Photography at Nottingham Trent University.


Take a look at Sarah’s latest work on her website.

Lily Brown 

Lily Brown (2014)

Studied BA Illustration at Northbrook College.

Not having any Brown: Acrylic, Magic Plastic

Feeling inspired?

Apply for the Free Range Cover Design competition here - and remember applications close on the 22nd February.

Stock up on your art materials online and pencil Free Thinking in your diary for June – we’ll be inviting the most inspiring professional creatives to share their advice with young graduates. 

Check out our programme of Free Thinking talks last summer here and keep your eyes peeled for what we've got lined up for summer 2015! 

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