UTV boss applauds Ulster's end of year show


Productions created by the brightest young media professionals of the next generation have gone on display as part of the University of Ulster’s End of Year Media Show. Organised by the School of Media, Film and Journalism, the annual show features work from Interactive Media Arts, Photo Imaging and Media Studies and Production students.

The exhibition, which is the School’s largest to date, features over 70 projects in script writing, video, radio, and photography.

Michael Wilson, managing director of UTV television, who opened the show, said the exhibition blended excellently creativity with awareness of social issues.

Dr Colm Murphy, Head of the School of Media, Film and Journalism, said: “Judging by the talent on display it is evident that the emerging generation has the creativity to exceed that available anywhere in the world. This show is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our students, their lecturers and their parents.”

The show also includes a  short film made in Mandarin and English by students from Hubei Normal University in China who are studying in Coleraine.

Three of the projects featured in the exhibition were produced in collaboration with the University’s Science Shop, which works with community and voluntary groups throughout Northern Ireland.

Claire Mulrone, Manager of the Science Shop, said: “Three teams of students undertook the challenge of working with a community partner and all three teams excelled themselves.

“Adam Williamson, Sam Forson and Lance Wilson developed an online web resource including a portfolio of contemporary images for the Pavestone Project in Coleraine; Carl Whinnery, Mark Robinson and Paul Russell worked with Youth Initiatives in West Belfast to produce a range of publicity materials and film footage; and Rauiri Boyle, Denver Lewis and Corrie Barlow partnered the Greater Village Regeneration Trust to design an online resource that allows Training School Participants to develop a living portfolio and enhance employment prospects.”

The End of Year Media Show is open to the public and runs until 17 May from 10am – 5pm (excluding Sunday) at the Flowerfield Arts Centre, Coleraine. The short films will be shown at 2pm, Monday – Friday in the Flowerfield auditorium. Admission is free.

Caption: University of Ulster Vice Chancellor Professor Richard Barnett (third from left) with students and guests at the School of Media, Film and Journalism's end of year with left to right, Rhoda Baxter, Pavestones Centre, Dr Colm Murphy, Head of School Media Film and Journalism. Sam Forson and Adam Williamson, Adrian Hickey, Learning Technologist, School of Media. Film and Journalism and Lance Wilson.

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