University College Falmouth Students Launch New Arts Journal

Students at University College Falmouth have launched a new publication called Dais.

Following a master-class held earlier this year by the founders of cultural arts blog, It’s Nice That, UCF students were given the opportunity to pitch their own ideas for a new magazine based on the notion of “something that makes you feel good,” with the winning idea being awarded £500 to go towards the budget of the first issue.

The winning publication, entitled Dais, has launched this week. The students see this project as a journal, documenting creative work and projects with a link to UCF and Cornwall in general.

The launch issue contains an interview with UCF graduate Alex Turvey, one of the named creatives for Levi’s Craftwork campaign, and a feature on the Cornish Lettering Archive.

Graphic Design student and Dais Art Director James Booth commented;
“Dais aims to highlight the wealth of talent that the University cultivates and to document some of the creative work that its unique location inspires. There are so many talented people here in Cornwall, and we are enjoying uncovering their work and stories.”

Dais is available at the UCF Summer Shows and in shops around Falmouth, as well as in Bristol and Tate St. Ives, with a view to growing distribution for the next issue later this year.

The Dais team are looking for interesting work from people with a connection to UCF to feature in the next issue. Editorial suggestions can be sent to the Dais team via email: da_is@hotmail.co.uk

Notes to Editor:

The Dais team consists of Level 2 Graphic Design students Laurie Robins and James Booth, and Level 1 Journalism students Sam Batt, Joshua Sinclair-Thomson and Charlie Derry all from UCF.

They will also be seeking the help of other UCF students to offer their expertise in different aspects involved in the content of the magazine as the project continues.

The group have been inspired by It’s Nice That: http://www.itsnicethat.com/

The reasoning behind the journals name is because it is a word used for defining the platforms of models in life drawing. It means a low platform for a lectern, a seat of honour, or a throne, and ties in with the idea of giving something the spotlight which in essence is what each article does.

Dais chose the name because its pronunciation is very unclear; it can be taken as a descriptive word if you choose to read up on its definition, or it can purely be taken on face value as a meaningless name.

Dais’ current website: http://daisjournal.wordpress.com

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