Student-led UNIQUE Art and Design shop reopens on the Belfast Campus

29 April 2021

Student-led UNIQUE Art and Design shop reopens on the Belfast Campus
Student-led UNIQUE Art and Design shop reopens on the Belfast Campus

Like many businesses, Ulster University’s UNIQUE Art and Design Shop on the Belfast campus is preparing to reopen to customers this Friday (30 April).

Situated beside St Anne’s Square and open to the public, UNIQUE is a shop with a difference. UNIQUE supports and enables our students and alumni to sell and showcase their incredible talent.

To celebrate the reopening, UNIQUE is offering a special 10% discount on all purchases on Friday 30th April and Saturday 1st May. Screenshot or download the digital voucher below.

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More than just a great place to pick up quirky home, fashion, giftware and artwork, UNIQUE is an important learning space and a forum for creative exploration and enterprise. For Ulster University’s Belfast School of Art students, UNIQUE is a chance to gain exposure, make professional connections and sell their work.

For local artist Katie Ireland, UNIQUE was a springboard to launch her career. Katie graduated from Ulster University in 2020 with a degree in Textile Art, Design and Fashion and now runs two successful businesses, Katie Ireland Designs where she sells prints and illustrations of Belfast buildings inspired by home and the urban environment, and Mala Belfast in partnership with two other Ulster alumni.

Katie explains:

“UNIQUE is very special to me. It helped kickstart my career. I started out selling prints and illustrations in the shop and thanks to the many opportunities available to students via UNIQUE I was able to grow my own business. I was given careers advice and support from the enterprise team to learn and grow and develop my network.”

Professor Raffaella Folli, Provost of Belfast and Jordanstown, commented:

“UNIQUE has become an integral part of the Belfast campus and we are delighted to open our doors to the public again. Run by our students, for our students, UNIQUE is a true example of collaboration and innovation, showcasing the emerging talent of Ulster University students within Belfast’s vibrant artistic community.

“It is a joy to visit the shop and see the amazing artistic talents of our students and alumni and I would encourage everyone to come and take a look for themselves.”

To find out more about UNIQUE, please visit: www.ulster.ac.uk/artshop/home


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