On Thursday 10th March in the cosy and suitably artistic setting of Italian restaurant Lupo’s, Capture Collective held their Rebranching Launch Party; a night replete with cocktails and good tunes provided by Michelle Marsh, showcasing the society’s new merch and logo. Capture Collective is an arts-based initiative promoting access to and engagement with visual arts, founded in 2018 by two Art History students on the principle of promoting diversity and inclusivity in the arts. Run by a team of student volunteers, Capture Collective hosts a variety of art-based events. They firmly believe in the social value of art, striving for diversity in their projects and aiming to bring creative opportunities to everyone.
Their new merch displays the impressive talent of the committee members, with colourful and unique T-shirts available to order in a range of fits and sizes, along with tote bags sporting their new logo. Also, on offer were an assortment of striking posters, many political and pithy, all of which were also designed by Capture Collective committee members and are the perfect addition to the walls of any uni bedroom.
They have something for everyone, even the most artistically inept. Most popular are the regular Drink & Draws upstairs at St Andrews Brewing Company on South Street in collaboration with a variety of worthy charities and university societies. Previous events have been held in collaboration with The Lazy Anarchist Collective, International Intrigue, and Szentek. They are a perfect opportunity to get your creative juices flowing, in a chill yet social atmosphere, complete with discounted pints and a live soundtrack provided by talented local musicians, such as the band downstem. There is usually a small door fee of £3 but materials are always provided, and the proceeds of previous events have gone to Refugee Action St Andrews (RASA), St Can-drews and the Vagina Museum.
If a Drink & Draw event leaves you wanting more artistic stimulation, why not attend one of Capture Collective’s free Alternative Art History lectures. The most recent installment in the lecture series took place at a St Andrews favourite, Aikman’s Cellar. Guest speaker Anne-Sophie Daffertshofer discussed the need for self-awareness and reflection in environmental art.
If you want to promote inclusivity and diversity in the arts or are just in need of a groovy new T-shirt and your uni room is in desperate need of some decoration, details of their new merch and how to purchase, as well as information on upcoming events, can be found on their Facebook and Instagram pages.