13 Graduate Photography Shows to See in 2017

With degree show season just around the corner we thought it would be fun to put together a list of our graduate show recommendations, to help you plan your visits to see some of the best emerging photographic talent across the UK…

Free Range 2017

For one month this summer at The Old Truman Brewery, a new generation of cutting-edge talent from across the UK will exhibit works in fine art, photography, design, interior design and architecture for free to the public during Free Range.

Now in its 17th annual season, Free Range is the largest undergraduate degree show open to the public that showcases the extensive and diverse cross-section of work from the UK’s emerging artists and creatives from leading art colleges and universities.

In the eclectic space on Shoreditch’s Brick Lane, over 3000 exhibitors from over 50 universities and over 100 courses will showcase their works to industry experts in search of rising talent, in addition to the general public. The annual season attracts creatives from top academic and creative institutions, from Edinburgh to Bournemouth, and aims to provide a platform for artists beyond their education.

Former Free Range participants include Lily Bertrand-Webb, the photographer named by i-D as ‘set to define 2017’, and fashion and portrait photographer Sophie Mayanne whose clients include Dazed, L’Officiel Spain, Sony Music and The Sunday Times Magazine since exhibiting at Free Range in 2015.

Photography Week 1: 23 – 26 June 2017 (Private View 22 June)

Photography Week 2: 20 June – 3 July 2017 (Private View 29 June)

The Old Truman Brewery 85 Brick Lane, London E1 6QR

Please note that Free Range Shows are closed on Tuesday and Wednesdays of each week.

Image above © Gift Gwambe – Birmingham City University



Edinburgh Napier University: More Than A Degree Show 

Annual showcase of the creative talent of new and emerging designers, photographers, film makers, journalists, creative writers and actors.

19-28 May, 9am to 5pm

Merchiston Campus

10 Colinton Rd, Edinburgh EH10 5DT

Image above © Allan Shedlock



The Manchester College: Flâneur 

BA(hons) Photography end of year show, an exhibition for the observer, by the students of The Manchester College.

30 May – 1 June, 5-9pm


335 Stretford Road, Manchester M15 5ZA

Image above © Vicky Pagalis



Staffordshire University

A diverse show, with over 45 students presenting a range of work, it will consist of many genres such as editorial fashion, landscapes through a drone, hyper realistic fashion, street portraiture, commercial buildings, artistic architectural buildings and many many more.

2-10 June

Private View – 2 June 2017 6.30-9.30pm

Henrion Building, Staffordshire University

College Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2DE

Image above © Georgia Roberts



Manchester School of Art: BA (Hons) Photography Manchester School of Art

Manchester School of Art’s final year Photography students present their graduate work at two exhibitions this year. The Holden Gallery, Manchester will see the culmination of the entire cohort’s creative output in June. Following this, thirty-two members of the group, The Post Silver collective, will show at London’s Hoxton Arches in July.

The medium of photography, since its conception, has renegotiated boundaries and questioned our relationship with, and understanding of, art, technologies and materials. Displaying a variety of photographic practices, seemingly adversary in their approach, the collections of work will highlight both the ambiguity and ubiquity of photography in a contemporary context.

The Post Silver collective is framed by the terms of Post; after, following; and Silver; photography as a chemical, alchemic, image-making process. Both the degree show and The Post Silver exhibition will demonstrate the great breadth and possibility allowed by a medium that inherently interrogates and innovates. From pioneering traditional wet-plate photographic processes, through to emergent augmented reality technologies, a plethora of technically and conceptually differing practices are represented and championed within the two collections of works. The siting of the students’ final year works in two contrasting spaces will allow for exciting new and different possibilities for interpretation, interaction and presentation of the pieces and the practices of viewing for their respective audiences.

Manchester School of Art Degree Show

Private view & publication launch – 9 June 5-8pm

The Holden Gallery, Cavendish Street, Manchester, M15 6BR

10 – 21 June 9am-5pm

The Post Silver

Private view 6 July 6-9pm

The Post Silver panel discussion – 8 July 2-3:30pm

Hoxton Arches, Cremer Street, London, E2 8HD

7 – 9 July 10am-6pm

Image above © Annie Feng



University of Sunderland: Disclosure Exhibition 

BA (Hons) Photography Degree Show from University of Sunderland Students.

Disclosure exhibition brings together the work of 31 photographers, artists and visual storytellers living and working in the North East of England. The exhibition has no central theme but aims to present contemporary photographic explorations and interpretations of our changing world. From grappling with the inherent difficulties of representing hidden conditions, to eliciting emotional responses to place, or questioning validity of the photographic process. The exhibition aims to challenge and provoke questions around contemporary photographic practices.

Private view – 16 June  5.30-8.30pm

17-22 June, 10am – 4pm (closed Sunday)

Priestman Building, University of Sunderland, City Campus, SR1 3PZ

Image above © Bobby-Louise Smith



University of Westminster Photography Degree Show 2017, at Free Range

Showcasing the work of graduating students from BA (Hons) Photographic Arts and BA (Hons) Photography, this year’s show promises to be as diverse and exciting as ever.

Opening Thursday 22 June 2017, 6-10pm

23 – 26 June, 10am-7pm (Monday 26 June 2017, 10am-4pm)

T1 Gallery, Old Truman Brewery, 81, Brick Lane, London E1 6QL

Image above © Rhianne Clarke



Norwich University of the Arts: NUA Degree Shows

The Degree Shows are an annual event which provide an opportunity for the public to see the work of over 500 new graduates. Works on display will include paintings and illustrations, fashion garments and textile patterns, architectural drawings and models, sculptures, photographs, short films and animations, portfolios of graphic design work and video game demos. Work will be on sale throughout the exhibition with multiples, prints and editions available to buy in the sale room.

27 June – 5 July

Image above © Kerry Curl



Norwich University of the Arts: Graduate, at Free Range 

These graduate images explore the creative potential of photography in a manner that challenges existing practice. The focus of the course is a very personal creative practice in which students create images they are passionate about supported by an excellent understanding of the potential professional contexts for their work.

BA (Hons) Photography at Norwich University of the Arts works with the commissioned commercial sector, which includes advertising, editorial and fashion photography. It is accredited by Creative Skillset; affiliated to the Association of Photographers, and challenges current practice within the rapidly developing world of commercial photography.

Private view 29 June, 6-10pm

30 June – 2 July, 10am-7pm (3 July 10am-4pm)

F Block G5, The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL

Image above © Alex Foxley



MA Documentary Photography & Photojournalism, MA Photography Arts

This year, the University of Westminster’s two MA Programmes in Photography are exhibiting side-by-side at Ambika P3:

Documentary Photography and Photojournalism are presenting Out of Dust

Photographic Arts are presenting Light into Matter

Further details here


Private view Friday 1 September 2017

Ambika P3

University of Westminster, 35-100 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LS

Image above © Mike Cookson (MA Photography Arts)

Image below © Konstantinos Apostolopoulos Farazoulis (MA Documentary Photography & Photojournalism)



University of Hertfordshire: White Walls, at Free Range

Final year photography students from the University of Hertfordshire will be exhibiting their photographic long-term projects at The Old Truman Brewery from 30th June – 3rd July.

After working on personal projects for over six months the students are excited to share their work with the public in a great exhibition space.

The exhibition is free to enter and will feature work from over 30 students, with a wide range of subjects including documentary, fashion, portraiture and conceptual photography.

Private view – 29 June, 6pm

30 June – 3 July.

The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL



Wolverhampton School of Art 

The final year Photography students at the University of Wolverhampton are preparing for their Degree Show, which is set to be one of the best shows the School of Art has seen to date, following their successful offsite show in Birmingham earlier on in the year. Students work in various areas of photography, including mental health, identity, performance, landscape, portraiture and even moving image. Film photography has also made a comeback this year, with a number of students working on 35mm and medium format.

Private view – 9 June, 6-8pm

9 – 21 June

Wolverhampton School of Art, University of Wolverhampton

Image above © Yasmin Qureshi



Lux-Aura, BA(hons) Photgraphy, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge School of Art 

The Lux-Aura collective is a group of students currently working towards their degree of the BA(hons) Photography at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge School of Art. This exhibition at Free Range, Truman Brewery unveils a multitude of individual projects. Ranging in different contemporary photographic and installation practices as well as diverse image creation techniques.

Private view – 29 June

29 June – 3 July

The Old Truman Brewery, 81 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL

Image above © Patryk Majewski