Regulars / The Graduates 2017

Introducing The Graduates 2017!

We’re excited to announce the Graduates class of 2017. Whittled down from over 1,000 applications, we are proud to introduce 11 individuals whose work demonstrates originality, high quality, great execution and real purpose.

Spanning photography, illustration, animation, art and graphic design, we think these brilliant creatives are destined for great things and we can’t wait to see what they get up to next as they embark on their careers.

It’s Nice That first launched The Graduates nine years ago, as a way to champion the best young talent coming out of UK undergraduate courses. Those selected each have their own profile on the site, you can see learn more about each graduate and see their brilliant work in the articles below. They’ll also have the opportunity to get help and advice from the It’s Nice That team and become a part of our creative network, as having their work travel to New York for an event courtesy of our supporter A/D/O.

On 5 July we launched this year’s Graduates at a private party ahead of the site takeover, held at Our/London vodka distillery in east London. On show was the Graduates’ work, where friends of the studio and people working in the industry came together to welcome the Grads, drink beer and eat pizza.

We’re so proud of our Graduates this year, and would like to thank everyone who got in touch with us to share their work. Congratulations to you all – time to celebrate!

  • Int_the_graduates_2017_luke_withers_list Regulars / The Graduates 2017 Luke Withers balances ambiguity with strong aesthetics in his research-driven photography

    Photographer Luke Withers applied for The Graduates because he wanted to connect with people outside of his creative field, and adheres to the mantra of “taking all the opportunities that are presented to you”, which has become a big part of his approach to his art. Originally from Belfast, Luke went to the University of South Wales and studied the Documentary Photography course. “It was really a case of noticing that a lot of the photography and photographers I was looking at happened to be coming from the course in Newport,” Luke says of his decision to study there.

    Rebecca Fulleylove
  • Int_the_graduates_2017_morgan_ward_list Regulars / The Graduates 2017 Colour, space, form and what it means to paint: introducing artist Morgan Ward

    “I remember distinctly hearing a phrase in a lecture that has always stuck with my practice: ‘Don’t create work that gives answers, create work that asks questions,’” says artist Morgan Ward. “I always hope that people who view my work ask questions about its creation, context and ideologies.” The university of Chichester graduate has a portfolio of abstract works that explore colour and space in a bombastic manner. Each work is the product of a “continual battle into one’s personal development.

    Owen Pritchard
  • Int_the_graduates_2017_molly_fairhurst_list Regulars / The Graduates 2017 Movement, figure and feeling from artist and illustrator Molly Fairhurst

    “Be playful,” says artist and illustrator Molly Fairhurst. “Always.” It’s a definitive statement from someone at the outset of their career, one that hints at a wise head on young shoulders. Molly’s work is concerned with “movement, figure and feeling” and her prolific output has developed a portfolio that shows a distinct and assured style.

    Owen Pritchard

Supported by A/D/O

Founded by MINI, A/D/O is a creative space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn dedicated to exploring new boundaries in design. At its heart is the Design Academy, which offers a range of programming to professional designers, intended to provoke and invigorate their creative practice.

If you’re after more advice and insight into the creative industries, sign up to Lecture in Progress – It’s Nice That’s new sister company, which was launched to inspire, inform and empower emerging talent with information on the workings of the creative world.