Free Range grows into its new format

Free Range, one of the UK’s leading festivals of student exhibitions, hosted by the Old Truman Brewery, is upping the ante and overhauling the way it runs the event, as it grows to its largest ever gathering.

It will exhibit more than 50 displays from British universities and colleges, compared to ten at the first event five years ago. London colleges such as Central St Martins College of Art and Design and Goldsmiths, which have traditionally shunned the event, will exhibit students’ work for the first time.

The viewing of Free Range will now be split into two-week periods covering: design, photography, interiors, art and mixed work. Previously, all of the displays were shown alongside each other.

‘Every year we have grown, both in terms of size and scale of exhibitions. This now makes it easier for students to show work and for the industry and individuals to view work,’ explains Tamsin O’Hanlon, founder of Free Range.

Insect was commissioned to design the identity for this year’s show. It features an abstract flower and will run across all affiliated material, including programmes, promotional literature and posters. The website,, has been designed by an in-house team at Free Range.

The event starts on 2 June and will run until 25 July.

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