UWE AND THE RWA BRING 'FRAME ACADEMY' TO BRISTOL

Issue date: 14 January 2004


ISSUE DATE: 14/01/04

See a fashion studio in action, hear about experiments with sound and watch moving images in a specially designed gallery, at the ‘Frame Academy’ exhibition featuring work by UWE students at the Royal West of England Academy (RWA ), 25 January – 28 February.

The exhibition will feature students’ work from fashion and textiles, fine art, design, drawing, illustration, graphics, and communication media work. It is an excellent opportunity for aspiring young artists to see find out about the work that goes on at ‘art school’.

Frame Academy is the first exhibition by students from the Faculty of Art, Media and Design at the University of the West of England (UWE) to be held at the RWA as part of a new strategic alliance between the two organisations.

As well as work from UWE students the exhibition will also feature work from young people at schools in the area which have links to the University.

Paul Gough, Dean of the Faculty of Art, Media and Design says, “The relationship between the RWA and UWE goes back 150 years and this is a unique educational alliance between two great cultural organisations of which the city should be proud. ‘Frame Academy' is a platform for our students work but also for a number of invited local schools and colleges with whom we have an exciting working relationship.”

This inaugural show will feature the work of students from all years and from all courses in the Faculty. In addition there will be a series of talks during Frame Academy each Sunday afternoon from 2.30-3.30 on different aspects related to the work of the Faculty given by lecturers from the University. Amongst the talks will be one by Dominic Grant, Senior Lecturer in Digital Sound, called Sound Works - Experiments in Sound.

Speaking about the talk Dominic says, “Think about the movies. Think about the bone shaking crashes as dinosaurs roam the planet or the sound of a battle in space. How do we make some of the incredible sounds that we hear at the movies? How do we decide what a dinosaur or a bullet screaming past your ear might sound like? During my talk I will seek to answer these questions and more as well as demonstrating some of the techniques taught to Foundation Media students. The demonstration will showcase the work of students and sound designers as well as introducing the audience to some of the technology involved in sound production.’

Other subjects included in the series of talks are: Why Fashion/textiles?; What’s so fine about Fine Art?; Thinking about Art; and The Foundation Experience.

During the exhibition the main RWA Galleries will feature work from the Foundation Programme through to Postgraduate as well as work by PhD students. In the three smaller galleries a studio environment will be created. There will be a darkened space for screening moving images and a gallery for showing the work of the Faculty’s five linked progression schools and colleges. During Frame Academy, Fashion and Textile students will be working in a studio on live projects designing garments and creating a fashion design studio.

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Editor’s notes

The schools and colleges with links to UWE whose work will be featured are:
Weston College, Filton College, Hartcliffe School, Hengrove School, and City of Bath College.

The full list of talks to be held on Sunday afternoons from 2.30 – 3.30 is:
25 January: Adrian Grandon, Fashion Designer and Award Leader in the Fashion Department, UWE.
Title: Why fashion/textiles?

1 February: Karen Wallis, A recent PhD Graduate, practicing artist and lecturer in Visual Culture.
Title: Thinking about Art

8 February: Sam Thomson, Artist and Lecturer from the School of
Foundation programmes, UWE.
Title: The Foundation Experience

15 February: Mark Dunhill, Head of the school of Fine Art, UWE, will be talking about studying Fine Art at degree level in relation to changing demands and expectations.
Title: What’s so fine about Fine Art?

22 February: Dominic Grant, Senior Lecturer in Digital Sound, UWE.
Title: Sound Works- Experiments in Sound

Frame Academy starts on 25 January and runs to 28 February at the Royal West of England Academy, Queen's Road, Clifton, Bristol.

The opening times are;
Mon - Sat 10.00 - 17.30, Sun 14.00 - 17.00.
Admission £2.50, concessions £1.25, UWE staff and students – free, under 16s free.

For further details of exhibitions at the RWA see www.rwa.org.uk

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