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Final exhibition

Date Posted: 29/08/2012 | Posted In: Latest news

Twenty-nine Art Foundation students celebrate the end of their pre-degree year with an exciting final exhibition.

The exhibition was opened at a special preview event on Thursday 14th June, by the Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Paul Baldwin, accompanied by the Mayoress Mrs Kim Baldwin.

The exhibition contains Final Major Project work with individual themes devised by the students which reflect their personal interests and demonstrate skills within their chosen pathway in art or design. The work is professionally staged to reflect the high level of the course. There are inspiring projects, which are lively and engaging, across a wide range of disciplines including Fine Art, Graphic Design & Illustration, Textiles & Fashion Design and Photography & Spatial Design.

On entering the exhibition the large-scale canvases by James Collins have an immediate impact with their dramatic use of light and dark. Inspired by artists as diverse as Francis Bacon and Caravaggio, his work questions religious and human venerability. In contrast, nearby are the energetically swirling colours in the huge abstract paintings by Jeni Cameron which hint at the compelling qualities of sky and landmass. David Stobart’s paintings seductively use pastel shades and meaningful song lyrics. For preparation, David completed a 200 ft. mural of painted words from songs on a white fence surrounding the building site in the College, evidenced in his film.

A separate, darkened space contains work by this year’s Dover Prize winner, Carlton Piper. His apocalypse installation is a fusion of seductive burnt collections, jewel-like copper sheets with fingerprints imbedded into the surface and a fragile, burnt silk flag held by a mound of ashes with text projected onto it. It is a beautiful and thought-provoking body of work.

Fashion and Textiles is well represented this year with some exciting and original exhibits that include stunning garments, beautiful photographs of fashion shoots and a film of a catwalk show. Allisia Kusz’s inspiration from Russian Constructivism has resulted in a collection of contemporary garments, dramatically displayed on a structure of geometric shapes. Agatha Smith’s fashion ideas use bold bright colours and textures and her exhibit exudes eye-catching humour. Ayse Fuat’s textiles for fashion are inspired by intricate Persian patterns which she has used to construct a co-ordinated range of garments.

Graphics, Illustration and Photography are also significant in the exhibition. Matthew Gordon has produced a very professional set of book illustrations that demonstrate his high level of drawing skills and rigorous attention to detail when depicting his characters in a rural Scottish setting. Jordon Hall shows contemporary design awareness with her set of designs based on the 2012 Olympics.

The Art study visit to Rome also presented much inspiration for some of the students. Spatial Design student, Michael Cole-Robinson decided to find a solution to the group not being able to access the Colosseum because of extreme ice and snow in February.

Rita Smith, Director of Studies for Creative Arts, says:
“It is has been an exceptional and exciting year with students of a very high calibre who staff have enjoyed working with. This is an exciting and diverse exhibition and a real celebration of our students’ achievements.”

The exhibition, in QE’s art studio, is open to the public Monday 18th June, 9 am – 7 pm, Tuesday 19th June and Wednesday 20th, June – 9 am – 5 pm.