Free Range returns

Next month sees the opening of Free Range, London’s annual showcase of emerging design and art talent.

Illustration by Greta Mikalauskaite, Middlesex
Illustration by Greta Mikalauskaite, Middlesex

Spilt into five sections – design, photography and media, contemporary and fine art, interior design and architecture and fashion and textiles – the seven-week event has blown Design Week away in previous years with the sophisticated, accomplished and clever  work on show.

Jengeni Tarkolov, BA Graphic Design, Middlesex
Jengeni Tarkolov, BA Graphic Design, Middlesex

This year’s Free Range looks to be no exception, and marks the festival’s biggest event to date, with work on show from more than 100 courses and 3000 students.

Eleanor Shakespeare, University of West England
Eleanor Shakespeare, University of West England

As such the event has expanded to take up all three floors of its Truman Brewery home near Brick Lane in east London.

Photography by Natalia Talbot, Farnborough
Photography by Natalia Talbot, Farnborough

The 2013 leg also will also feature a new café and ‘networking’ space in the Loading Bay outside the main exhibition, giving students, media and visitors a space to mingle. Tired legs will be helped in their quest to network with the provision of coffee, wi-fi and seating.

Zanna Allen, BA Illustration, Middlesex
Zanna Allen, BA Illustration, Middlesex

As with previous years, the website, www.free-range.org.uk, will act as an ongoing portfolio showcase, as well as showing archived work from pervious events.

Photography by Annie Mae, Farnborough
Photography by Annie Mae, Farnborough

Free Range runs from 29 May – 7 June
at The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane
London, E1. The exhibitions are free and open to the public but all catwalk shows are invitation only

Art by Alex Dodgson, Leeds College of Art
Art by Alex Dodgson, Leeds College of Art

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