VIDEO: Kingston University students transform town’s vacant retail units into artworks

Kingston town centre is awash with colour thanks to vibrant graphic design illustrations made by Kingston University (KU) graphic design students.

Students from Kingston School of Art created the sketches as part of the #KingstonCanvas project, organised through a collaboration of Kingston University’s student-powered creative agency Studio KT1 and Kingston First, the town centre’s Business Improvement District.

Claire Selby, Studio KT1 and enterprise projects lead at Kingston School of Art, said: “The opportunity to display creative work on a large scale and in accessible public spaces is so important in the current climate – both for the local community and for our students”.

Imogen Ashby, a second year graphic design student at KU who currently works as a designer in Cologne, is one of three winners who earned a spot in town. She completed her illustration within eight hours using Bitmap, Flipperclip and Adobe inDesign.

Her design drew inspiration from two key Kingston landmarks, David Mach RA’s 1989 ‘Out of Order’ red telephone box sculpture and Kingston Bridge on the riverside.

The bright and bold artwork reflect the students’ interpretation of Kingston: past, present and future including a celebration of its rich history, the creative and cultural side and sense of community spirit felt during the onset
of the pandemic in 2020.

Imogen Ashby “Kingston Illustrated”. Photo: Jacobien Van der Kleij

There are two more shop windows surrounding the market place that are wrapped in artwork by KU students.

Ellice Thatcher “Kingston Calling”. Photo: Jacobien Van der Kleij

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