I visited a photography exhibition organised by Coventry University's final year photography students, called Collective Vision. The event was the final showcase for the students before they graduated, and they really did themselves proud!
Spread out across two galleries in the heart of Coventry, Collective Vision featured a wide variety of creative and imaginative pieces. Some of them really resonated with me because of what I had experienced throughout my own university career, as well as leaving me completely stunned at how they created their pieces. From moving stories of caring for a disabled child and coping with anxiety, to darker Gothic pictures and beaches, the exhibition was a haven of originality and variety.
The students were clearly very talented and the ones I spoke to after the event were looking forward to the future. Some of them will be going down the freelance route, whilst others have managed to get full time work ready for when they leave university.
Collective Vision will also be heading to the Free Range Exhibition in London later this month, where their work will be showcased alongside work from other graduates around the country.
As Collective Vision has proved, university is a fantastic opportunity to show your creative work to an audience outside of your family and friends. Universities also tend to be very supportive, with Student Unions helping to organise shows and venues, and lecturers giving their expertise and critique. Photographers, writers, and artists have all used university to hone their skills and become talented individuals.
No matter what creative industry you are in, and no matter which university you chose to go to, grab this opportunity with both hands. You might never get another one like it. Lean on the lecturers - it is their job to educate and guide you - and above all, enjoy the experience. I'd also like to wish the students involved with Collective Vision all the best for London and beyond.