Issue date: 25 October 2000

A virtual art exhibition is being held as part of a two-day University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE) conference into the future of research in art, media and design.

This will be an international exhibition with submissions from artists working in America and Europe. Artists have been invited to submit online work including works in progress, collaborative projects and single webworks. Successful submissions will be shown both on the conference website and in the Watershed Media Centre’s exhibition gallery, for a week prior to and during the conference.

Called Exchange 2000, the event’s relevance is highlighted by Bristol’s growing reputation as a centre for world-class animation. The Watershed, which is hosting the exhibition is ideally equipped, with two cinemas as well as gallery space.

“During the first evening, on 2 November, there will be a screening of research-related short films, animation and computer graphics.” said conference organiser Dr Suzette Worden. “The work shown will then be discussed the following day, with the focus on opportunities for innovative research concerning the moving image.”

Other aspects of current art, media and design to be explored will include drawing, printmaking, textiles, stained glass, and performance.

Keynote speakers will be Professor Penny Florence, Director of Research at Falmouth College of Arts; David Sinden, of the Lux Centre for Film, Video and Digital Arts; Susan Collins of the Slade School of Art; and Professor Kun Pyo-Lee, of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.

As part of the conference, visits will be arranged to other cultural centres in Bristol, including at-Bristol, the Arnolfini, the Create Centre, the Royal West of England Academy, Spike Island Artspace and Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.

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