VIDEO: Student-run art boutique opens at Ulster University



Professor Raffaellla Folli, student Josh Lyness and teacher Karen Fleming

The space will serve as an educational and recreational platform for students, alumni and the general public, and aims to further connect the University of Ulster to the creative community of Belfast and Northern Ireland. It will also provide an exclusive outlet for the university’s emerging artistic talents, providing them with a platform to market themselves, build professional relationships and sell work.

Unique will present pieces from many disciplines of art and design, including paintings, photographs, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, fashion, graphics, illustration, printmaking, textiles and the fine Arts. Customers can also order items from students and alumni.

Commenting on the opening of the art shop, Professor Raffaella Folli, Rector of Ulster University Belfast and Jordanstown campuses, said: “Unique provides a window to the world for our exceptionally talented students, where they can display and sell their items. It is run by students and thus allows them to gain experience in a professional environment. It also gives the university the opportunity to engage with its alumni, who sell art all over the world, giving them an outlet in their alma mater to market their items in Northern Ireland.

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Professor Raffaellla Folli, student Josh Lyness and teacher Karen Fleming

“Unique is the result of close collaboration between staff and students. This is a very exciting new venture for the university and the campus as it harnesses the creativity of the students for the expertise of the staff, creating a way for students to sell their work and for the public to enjoy a vision. the full spectrum of talent fostered at the University of Ulster. . Unique provides us with a simple yet powerful opportunity to welcome alumni, locals and tourists to the Belfast campus in order to present the campus identity as creative, innovative and entrepreneurial on a global scale.

The boutique will be run by two full-time internship students and has a volunteer program in place for other students to get involved.

Unique is currently encouraging students and alumni of the Belfast School of Art at the University of Ulster to display works of art in the new store. To take advantage of this opportunity and find out more about volunteering, purchasing and commissioning, visit

Professor Raffaellla Folli, student Josh Lyness and teacher Karen Fleming


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