IGNITE Festival of Creativity 2021
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Showcasing employability, placemaking and new economy projects across Plymouth 2021 

A unique degree show


Working together, University of Plymouth and Plymouth College of Art, have created a unique spin on the traditional arts degree show via a spectacular website connecting graduates to industry that has already seen graduates from both universities employed in a recently completed property development project. This transformation moved beyond recreating a graduate show online, instead looking towards developing meaningful industry collaborations that would support graduate employment and economic growth.

Maple Green Property

Launched in July, the IGNITE website acts as a hub to connect emerging talent from the two leading universities with Plymouth’s creative community, industry and the public to spark productivity and employment. More than 400 final year students completed a profile and submitted highlights of their work and city businesses were quick to react. Maple Green Property Development, for one, was looking to support graduate development, providing an opportunity for artistic input at a new shared housing project in the city. The project provides a perfect example of what IGNITE wants to showcase a lot more of, alongside more traditional festival elements in 2021.

Jonathan Forster, Associate Head of School (Marketing & Recruitment), University of Plymouth
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“There’s a perception that students aren’t ready for work when they graduate - but in Plymouth they are. They get a wealth of experience during their time here, with clients who are prepared to work with and mentor them. Ignite connects and facilitates that. We’re better placed to respond now. This is a city with two highly creative institutions, both accessible through Ignite.” 

What's Next?

With life expected to return to some semblance of normality in 2021, the Ignite Festival of Creativity will realise its full potential over the next eight months, and beyond, with showcase events and online technology working in tandem.

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