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Student journal celebrates launch in style

Higher Education students at SGS College celebrated the launch of their new student journal, Wednesday 21st February, with a prosecco party at the Colston Hall.
The journal, named conTEXT, examines critical questions in art and design, including both visual and textual responses. The students who study at the College’s renowned Bristol School of Art, spent months developing the journal, taking responsibility for the publication’s name, design and content. All work submitted for inclusion went through a student-led peer review. 

Sarah-Jayne Crowson from Hereford College of Arts, observed a peer review session for the development of conTEXT and wrote her impressions for the AoC (Association of Colleges) blog, commenting: “This type of project can enable students to really engage with ideas of audience, take responsibility for editing and critiquing work and consider how they best sensitively review the work of their peers. It’s also an inspired and meaningful way to bring critical theory closer to practice; supporting students to gain skills used by professional artists and designers as part of their everyday work.”
In a unique twist, the first issue features artwork created using virtual reality (VR) to create a painting. To demonstrate this new technique, the team decided to set up the system for the launch event, so that guests could create a collaborative VR painting, which will be published shortly. 

Speaking about the project, Lydia Wooldridge, Project Lead for conTEXT and lecturer at Bristol School of Art comments: “The launch of conTEXT was a great success and the VR collaborative painting gave guests a chance to experience painting in VR. Art and design practitioners and academics working on critical theory were highly impressed by the standard of work, and we have already been asked when the next issue will be published! A huge thank you goes to: Lee Enever, Editorial Director, who has spent months developing the layout and designing pages with all the contributors; Will Bertram, Assistant Editor, who was responsible for designing the front cover and promoting the project on social media; and Magda Nowak, Project Editor, responsible for photography.”

Click here to be one of the first to read conTEXT