Wolverhampton students see lockdown artwork come to life

By Harriet Evans | Wolverhampton | Attractions | Published:

University illustration degree students have seen their work come to life at a shopping centre.

University of Wolverhampton Illustration degree students have seen their work come to life

The five University of Wolverhampton students were given special socially distanced access to DIS Group print company based in Wolverhampton to see their X-Large Digital illustration works being printed on high quality vinyl.

The team was commissioned to produce artwork for three hoardings, measuring three metres by 60 metres for a possible new pop-up games arcade at the Mander Centre.

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Stuart Varley, senior lecturer in illustration, said: “The students understood it was fantastic opportunity to get the chance to see one of Britain’s premiere printers in action and to see original artworks of famous designers and image makers.

“The students have excelled during the whole project from idea generation and research through to designing brilliant contemporary visual digital outputs.

"They have produced fantastic digital works using a variety of industry standard software and I think getting the chance to see their own work being printed gave them a real insight into working within the creative industries."

The team was made up of second year students, Daniel Turner, Hannah James, Fynn Riseborough, Patrick Campbell-Brookes and Nayia Balatsou.

University of Wolverhampton Illustration degree students have seen their work come to life


Dave Purcell, Director at DIS Group, said: “Wolverhampton is a hub of creative talent and it is clear that the students are achieving really high standards and are positively pushing their limits with the X-Large scale artwork pieces they have produced for this project.”

Dan Turner, Illustration student and lead Artworker, said: ‘’The visit was incredible. It was amazing seeing our work printed. The whole process was explained and I can’t believe how famous some of their clientele are.

"They had original Jamie Hewlett Artworks! They also construct loads of diverse stuff like giant milk cartons which was brilliant.”

The work has now been installed in the Mander Centre.

Harriet Evans

By Harriet Evans
Community Reporter - @HarrietEvans_ES

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, covering the issues affecting young people across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Contact me at

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