Celebrating Creativity Amidst Adversity: Middlesex University’s Journey through COVID-19

Celebrating Creativity Amist Adversity: Middlesex University’s Journey through COVID-19

In the whirlwind of challenges that COVID-19 brought upon the world, institutions and individuals alike were forced to adapt swiftly to a new reality. Middlesex University, renowned for its commitment to fostering creativity and innovation, faced its own set of hurdles when the pandemic struck. Among the many disruptions, one poignant impact was the inability to hold in-person exhibitions for their graduating students. However, amidst these trials, Middlesex University persevered, demonstrating resilience and adaptability in the face of adversity.

Traditionally, one of the hallmark events for Middlesex University’s graduating students was the in-person exhibition showcasing their remarkable works. These exhibitions served not only as a celebration of creativity but also as a platform for students to showcase their talents to the public, potential employers, and the wider creative community. However, with public gatherings banned and safety protocols in place due to the pandemic, the university had to reconsider its approach to these exhibitions.

As the world grappled with the uncertainties of the pandemic, Middlesex University made the difficult but necessary decision to transition its exhibitions to a virtual platform. Thus, the Creative Graduates website was born in 2020. This digital platform provided a space for students to exhibit their work online, ensuring that their efforts and achievements were still recognized and celebrated despite the unprecedented circumstances.

For four years, the Creative Graduates website served as a testament to the resilience and creativity of Middlesex University’s students and faculty. It became a hub of inspiration, showcasing a diverse range of artistic expressions across various disciplines, from fine arts to design, fashion, media, and more. The website not only provided a virtual stage for students to display their work but also facilitated networking opportunities and engagement with a global audience.

However, as the world gradually emerged from the grips of the pandemic and in-person gatherings became feasible once again, Middlesex University seized the opportunity to reintroduce physical exhibitions. While this marked a significant milestone in the return to normalcy, it also rendered the Creative Graduates website surplus to requirements. As such, with heavy hearts, Middlesex University has made the decision to take down the website at the end of March 2023.

The closure of the Creative Graduates website signifies the end of an era—a testament to the challenges faced and overcome during unprecedented times. While its digital presence may fade, the impact it had on showcasing the talent and resilience of Middlesex University’s graduates will endure. As we bid farewell to this digital chapter, let us celebrate the indomitable spirit of creativity that persevered through adversity, reminding us that even in the face of challenges, innovation and inspiration know no bounds.

Whilst the digital presence will no longer remain, Wirebox attended the first post COVID exhibition following an invite from the Deputy Dean for Quality, Enhancement and Development, Gareth Williams. It was the first time we had actually met Gareth in person, having hosted all of the COVID meetings over Teams and Zoom – a real pleasure to meet the person who inspired the Development of such a worthy platform.  Thank you Gareth!

Here we provide some images of the Creative Graduates from the initial designs in 2020, through to 2024:

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