Welcome to “Unlocked” – our virtual show designed to promote and celebrate the creative work that has been produced by students from across the School of the Arts throughout this memorable academic year. Within the confines of lockdown, students have been exceptionally busy and have used their talents and determination to overcome the restrictions of recent months. “Unlocked” captures the huge energy and commitment of our students to creatively reach beyond the barriers behind which they have been living to achieve their goals.
Bolton School of the Arts has been providing high quality creative learning opportunities since 1857 and we continue to build upon this impressive educational legacy as we progressively expand and enhance our wider arts-based curriculum and specialist facilities. Our School ethos is one which dares students to be different as they tell their own stories and undertake their distinctive creative and academic journeys. Throughout this troubling year, students have tapped into all of their intellectual and emotional reserves to succeed in their endeavours in the face of unprecedented challenges. They have travelled a learning journey that none of us could ever have imagined before 2020!
Many of our partners from the Creative Industries and beyond have continued to support our students virtually throughout the lockdown period and are contributing to the Creative Show through awarding prizes and offering graduate students sponsorship, placements and mini-internships. These friends and associates of the University play a significant role in strengthening our provision and help us to build upon our reputation for innovation and excellence. Thank you all for sharing your time and expertise with us during these challenging times.
A huge WELL DONE to our students! “Unlocked” demonstrates your potential to make a real difference in the world – and we hope that you go on to fulfil your creative dreams and inspire others to do so in the future. I look forward to seeing your unlocked creative and intellectual skills flourishing in the new era of global awareness and collective action that we are now entering!