As 400,000 university graduates prepare to launch themselves onto the career ladder this autumn, a new exhibition is set to open in London tomorrow showcasing the world’s most creative CVs.
From 3D installations to abstract prints created using brainwave technology, internationally renowned artists have re-imagined the CVs of students from New College of the Humanities (NCH), transforming them into stunning pieces of art to grab the attention of some of country’s biggest and most prestigious employers.
The world-first exhibition comes as a new survey of employers revealing hopefuls have under 60 seconds to make an impression, and 40 per cent of recruiters are more likely to secure an interview if they show some creativity in pulling together their personal achievements.
Doubling as a free to attend, pop-up art exhibition and an alternative careers fair, The Art of the CV will feature 16 bespoke pieces by Andy Singleton, Marcos Lutyens and Juan Osborne, each interpreting and visually representing students’ individual skills, talents, achievements and personalities into unique art installations.
The showcase, marking the inaugural graduation of the leading London-based college, will also reveal artistic interpretations of CVs belonging to NCH founder, Professor AC Grayling and fellow NCH luminary historian and well-known TV personality Dr Suzannah Lipscomb, as well as the resume of London Mayor Boris Johnson.
LA-based Marcos Lutyens, who explores processes of the mind to create art, has created abstract paintings using software that measures his subjects’ brainwave activity and emotions when discussing areas of interest to them – literally showing what’s on their mind.
Spanish-born Juan Osborne will be using thousands of words from CVs to create digital photographic portraits of the graduates, whilst UK-based Andy Singleton, who specialises in paper installations, will be bringing the students’ skills to life by transforming their physical CVs into a five-stage life cycle from caterpillar to butterfly.
Professor AC Grayling, Master of NCH, said: "NCH is an institution founded on principles of innovation, exploration and pushing the boundaries of what is possible in higher education. Our first graduation is a milestone moment in NCH's evolution and we wanted to mark it in a typically creative way.
"The Art of the CV, as a public exhibition, celebrates the talents and achievements of our students and communicates these to the outside world, while also serving as a way of thanking our students for their dedication and commitment to their studies."
Professor Grayling added: "The specially commissioned pieces of art will become part of our history, depicting some of our first students who were instrumental in founding and growing the College."
The masterpieces will be exhibited alongside artworks created by NCH students in an outdoor gallery in Bedford Square, London from 10am to 9pm on Friday, 18 September 2015.