An evening to remember: TICE Final Show 2016

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Inspirational talks, beautiful venue and an audience lavished in gratitude. The TICE Final Show 2016 was certainly an evening to remember.

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On the 5th July 2016, the Great North/Hancock Museum was filled with an overwhelming 400 guests to showcase what the students have achieved in this year’s TICE Programme. The support was incredible as stated by Jennifer Barrett, Managing Director of TICE, who kicked off the show. Jen described what TICE was all about and mentioned the extent of our achievements. A surprised audience came to realise just how much TICE has impacted young people who are seeking a career in the creative industries: involvement with 14 schools across the North-East, over 250 businesses and involvement with traineeships, partnerships…to name a few.

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After a brief yet equally warm welcome from Jen, Venda Louise Pollock, Director of Newcastle University Institute for Creative Arts Practice, took to the stage. Venda seemed stunned by the vast amount of creative talent that she was witnessing at the Final Show and stressed that organisations such as TICE are simply invaluable to those who wish to apply to University, particularly creative degrees. It was great to hear that TICE are acknowledged and appreciated in Higher/Further Education.

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One of TICE’s re-occurring Fashion sector supports, Christopher Hodge, Senior Lecturer of BA Fashion Communication at Northumbria University, supported Venda’s point. Chris highlighted how our very own past TICE students who are now studying Fashion Communication, Joseph O’Donnell and Laurel Outterside, are the highest achievers in their first year of the course. He explained how this only means one thing – TICE is a key factor for those who wish to achieve at an outstanding level. Chris then humbly introduced the TICE Fashion Film students in their very own projects. The audience seemed to find it entertaining and hilarious. It immediately represented the relationships built between not only the students but with the industry professionals. The response was encouraging.

To follow up the first group of Gold Stage students, TICE Music took the stage to perform their original songs which they composed within just under 3 days. The nerves were heightened but of course this didn’t stop two beautifully prepared performances by our brave students. With the help from producer Wayne McDonald from earlier on in the day, there was an instant change in their technique and body language on stage. Emotions were high, standing ovations were given and the students sat back in their seats afterwards with a sigh of relief, knowing that all of that rehearsing had paid off.

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To round up the first half of the TICE Final Show, In2Change’s Marketing & Fundraising Manager Mark Howard travelled all the way from Sheffield to see the branding work of our Graphics Students. It was great to hear that the work was so impressive, they decided to use one of them as their official new branding. Congratulations to Israel and Adam for the winning logo design!

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After a number of talks, the audience were finally allowed to access the exhibitions consisting of the following subjects: Fashion (textiles & graphics), Computer Science, Graphic Design, Creative Enterprise and Photography. What was particularly impressive this year was the space where the gallery was placed – right within the museum which means plenty of dinosaurs! But of course it didn’t come close to the work displayed, filled with all of the student’s projects. It was a wonderful way for all to celebrate – drinks were poured, delicious cupcakes were scoffed and the gallery was primarily surrounded by thrilled parents taking photos everywhere they turned. It was a beautiful sight to see.

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Guests were returned to their seats and introduced to Karen Marshall, Education and Engagement Lead at Accenture. Karen passionately discussed the apprenticeships provided by Accenture and how this can provide a successful career in Digital and Creative Industries. It was fascinating to hear what was available to students who aren’t particularly interested in University and believe that their options are restricted. Accenture is the #1 largest independent technology service providers, positioned as a Fortune Global 500 industry leader. Companies such as this are looking for students who have a passion for the creative and digital industries – it wasn’t surprising to witness many surprised and rather impressed faces. Likewise, with others who spoke at the Final Show, Karen spoke with such care and consideration – always thinking about the futures of young people.

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The evening ended with the Gold Stage Students receiving their certificates. Each student came to the front with so much pride and joy in what they had achieved. At the end of it all, the TICE Programme is all about the students and how they develop over the academic year. This year’s students had proved this with their thriving attitude and passion for learning from the very beginning. It was powerful. It was inspirational. It was a perfect way to summarise TICE 2015/2016. Congratulations to everyone involved!

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