April 2023

Specialist make-up student shares experiences – and plays darts – with Prince and Princess of Wales at city creative industries event

By Melanie Hall

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A University College Birmingham student aspiring to make her mark in the TV and film industry had the incredible opportunity to share her story – and play darts – with the Prince and Princess of Wales at a special event to celebrate creative talent in the city.

Lucy Froggatt was among a select group of designers, artists and playwrights invited to the event at The Rectory bar in the Jewellery Quarter to showcase the growth of creative industry in Birmingham.

During yesterday’s reception at the St Paul’s Square venue, two minutes’ walk from the University, Lucy got to share with the royal couple her experiences of working in the creative sector during her specialist hair and media make-up degree.

"When I told the Prince about the casualty simulation, he asked me if I really have to look at real injuries and blood and stuff – which I do!"

Lucy Froggatt Specialist Hair and Media Make-up BA (Hons)

These included being part of the wigs, hair and make-up team for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony and a hair and make-up stylist for glittering stage shows including FAME at the Alexandra Theatre.

But it was the 20-year-old’s experience of creating casualty simulation wounds and injuries to help medical degree students gain greater understanding of what they might encounter in A&E that grabbed the future monarch’s attention.

Lucy was among the guests invited to join the Prince and Princess at the creative event at The Rectory in the Jewellery Quarter

“He was really interested in what I was studying,” she said. “When I told him about the casualty simulation, he asked me if I really have to look at real injuries and blood and stuff. Which I do!

“We played interactive darts together in the club downstairs too and Kate was good, got bullseye after bullseye.” 

Lucy, who also works for the University guiding young college students on the Hair and Media Make-up Level 2 and Theatrical Media Make-up Level 3 courses during their industry placements, said the experience was “surreal”.

“Until the day before, I didn’t have much detail,” she said. “I only knew I was going to an important reception about the creative industry. When I found out, I told my parents and grandparents and they couldn’t believe it.

Lucy has plans to launch a career in make-up for films

“I was very nervous and a bit starstruck, but they were both lovely, so down to Earth. It was surreal, but really amazing, brilliant.”

Lucy, who will be going onto the University’s Prosthetics for Film and Television MA course when she graduates in September and hopes to launch a career in films overseas one day, said she had met some “wonderful” other creatives at the event. 

“There was such a mix,” she said. “Filmmakers, a video game creator, a graffiti artist, playwrights. Alison Hammond was there too and was lovely.”

In pictures: Lucy's make-up work (@diversified_arts)

University College Birmingham has dedicated facilities for make-up and prosthetics work

Cutting edge of creativity

At the cutting edge of creative industry, Birmingham is home to the BBC, Film Birmingham, the Hippodrome, Midlands Arts Centre and Symphony Hall.

It provides around 50,000 jobs in the sector, which is predicted to increase with the construction of a new film studio in Digbeth, due for completion in July. The historic Jewellery Quarter itself is a hub for artistic businesses in the city, which produces up to 40% of all jewellery made in the UK.

University College Birmingham, located within the Jewellery Quarter, offers a wide range of creative college, undergraduate and postgraduate courses and apprenticeships, including digital marketing and computing, culinary arts management, food innovation, bakery and patisserie technology and aesthetics.

It also embeds creative modules into the curriculum on courses in engineering and sustainable construction, sport and nursing, investing £160 million into facilities to bring courses to life and enable students to gain invaluable industry experience.

Chelsey McNeil, Head of the University’s Department of Creative Industries, put Lucy forward to represent the University at the royal event.

“The creative industries act as a catalyst of growth and innovation for all sectors and is fundamental to Birmingham's growing and dynamic economy,” said Chelsey. “We are hugely proud to be part of that.

“Lucy has been a pleasure to teach over the last few years and is known to the team for her enthusiasm, dedication and hard work.

“She is a talented hair and make-up artist who has continuously taken up opportunities to develop her skillset, including participating in work placements, attending guest speaker events and representing us at Diwali on the Square in 2022. 

“I am so pleased Lucy was selected to attend this amazing event, acknowledging the contribution the creative industries make to our community.” 

You can follow Lucy's make-up work on Instagram: @diversified_arts

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