I’ve been so impressed by the ways Goldsmiths students have responded to the challenges brought about by Covid-19. The past few months have seen an end to face-to-face teaching and the cancellation of final year events, and students have worked incredibly hard to adapt.
This year’s Degree Shows are the perfect example: unable to share their work on campus, students have taken their final year projects online and have shown immense creativity in their approach.
Last week saw TAP IN 20, an online festival bringing together work from graduating students in the Goldsmiths Theatre and Performance Department. They would normally be performing in our theatre for the annual TAP OUT festival but have instead showcased their final pieces in an exciting online programme.
Students tackle a wide range of themes: Charlie Denny’s A Bouquet of Pollution takes a sobering look at the waste produced by one person at home during lockdown. While Temitope Adeyeye explores ideas of deconstructing the self in an autobiographical video piece Actual-I-sation.
Final year students of BA Design brought their work to us via the Hey, Look, Something is Happening website. The projects include Isabella Akaleigh Jones’ Rosemary for Remembrance. The piece was filmed with Isabella’s grandmother over the course of a year, exploring the fragmented reality of memory loss as an environment for learning.
And earlier in June students in the Department of Music brought us the PureGold 2020 festival, featuring daily releases of video performances from students across the department. The event culminated in PureGold LockdownLive, a live-streamed event on 12 June featuring performances from these talented musicians. If you missed it, the recording is still available to watch – see below.
It’s clear these creative and resourceful students are launching into bright futures. I wish them every success on the next stage of their journey and look forward – along with everyone at Goldsmiths – to watching their future achievements.
There’s more to come from Goldsmiths finalists over the coming months, so keep an eye on the Goldsmiths website to see what’s planned.