Issue date: 25 June 2003

ISSUE DATE: 25/06/03

Final year students from the Faculty of Art, Media and Design at the University of the West of England will exhibit their work at the annual Degree Show on 28 June to 1 July 2003 at the Bower Ashton Campus. Students from the BA (Hons) Art and Visual Culture, Ceramics, Fashion Design, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Textile Design and Time-Based Media will show their work. Professor Paul Gough, Dean of the Faculty said, “The annual undergraduate show is one of the highlights of the cultural calendar in Bristol, it’s a chance to spot emerging talent and an opportunity to support students who are about to make their way into the countries thriving creative industries.”

Following hot on the heels of this Degree Show is an exhibition of work by final year students on the MA Communications Media, MA Fine Art and MA Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking. This exhibition runs from 7 - 11 July 2003.

For the first time this year Mike Barnard, a recent UWE Fine Art graduate, has established an annual prize for an undergraduate Fine Art student that in the opinion of the staff team has produced outstanding work. This year the prize has been awarded to Catherine Barclay who has already shown her work at the Royal West of England Academy and in other group exhibitions in the region.

Other students who are showing their work this year include:-
Mark Curtis BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Mark Curtis has worked around the theme of perspective taking or viewpoint. He said, “This work follows my dissertation, having been written on the depiction of truth. I’m producing a series of prints that will deal with the terms that western governments often use when talking about Iran in particular. Fundamentalist, extremist, fanatic etc. The media in general masks and dehumanises the society in Iran both with the terminology and in the pictorial edit. I have used magnolia as a metaphor to represent a latter day whitewash, which I believe, prevents us feeling empathy for the everyday population. Otherwise how could we justify our repressive foreign policy if we understood too much?

“I’m also introducing a series of narrative free books (primarily photographic) that are designed to be sponsored by advertisers and allow company or brand to stand alongside us as observers or spectators. This model has been designed as an alternative to the over proliferated industrial norm or traditional media platform.”

Susan Elsbury (Hons) Fashion and Textiles

Susan Elsbury is a mature student who has combined her studying with bringing up a young family. Before embarking on the degree course she took City and Guilds Part 1 and II in Fashion at Norton Radstock College. She said, “I was already used to combining looking after a family with studying so found it relatively easy to be disciplined about using time effectively. I have always enjoyed experimenting with textiles since I was very young and I just enjoy making things.”

Susan also has training in science and she has combined this interest into her textile design. “I like to experiment with combining different fabrics to see what might happen in the same way as a scientist might do experiments”, she said, “I combine yarns like acrylic and wool which will respond differently when washed to see what the resulting fabric will look like. In a way what I am doing is engineering fabrics to produce different textures. I produce textiles by knitting fabrics together and then felting the fabrics. Texture is what excites me most about textile design.”

Susan’s work has won prizes at the Bradford Textile Society exhibition during 2002 and 2003. “I was delighted to have my work recognised at this exhibition particularly as it is a national show where all the major textiles colleges enter students.” Susan will continue designing when she has graduated and has ambitions to sell individual art garments through small boutiques and galleries.


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