UWE Degree Show annual exhibition

Issue date: 01 June 2005

Issue date: 01/06/05

4 – 7 June 2005 at Bristol School of Art Media and Design, Bower Ashton Campus

The Bristol School of Art, Media and Design will hold the annual final year Degree Show at the Bower Ashton Campus of the University of the West of England on 4 to 7 June 2005.

The exhibition is a highlight in the Bristol arts calendar showcasing emerging artists in disciplines including animation, ceramics, drawing, enamelling, fashion, fine art, graphic design, illustration, installation pieces, interactive media, moving image (drama and documentary), multi media, printmaking, sound design and textile design.

Paul Gough, Dean of the Bristol School of Art, Media and Design, said, “This show is an important opportunity for student artists to show the culmination of three years study. Student degree shows are always exciting events because of the sheer variety of creative output. Some of the work is for sale – students shows can be great places to pick up good original artwork from emerging artists.”

Matthew White from Wiltshire joined the BA (Hons) Graphic Design course in the third year after completing a HNC in Graphic Design at City of Bristol College. Matthew said, “As a mature student I completed a Fine Art degree in 1995 and exhibited over a five year period while working at the Arnolfini and then at Bath Music Festivals. Whilst working at environmental design consultancy CPM I began to retrain via evening and part time courses and the HNC before completing this second degree in Graphic Design.” His exhibition work explores the themes underpinning national identity, cultural difference and contemporary music tribe masks.

Matthew cites inspiration from a wide spectrum of sources including museums (Pitt Rivers Anthropological Museum in Oxford), film director (Michel Gondry’s film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Lectures (Stefan Sagmeister at the Design Museum in April 2005) to name a few. His work was highly commended in the RSA Design Directions Graduate award in 2005 and he has entered design competitions prolifically throughout the year. In the future Matthew says that he aims to develop his creative vision by producing design with cultural impact.

Sarah Tulloch, (BA (Hons) Art and Visual Culture), has worked on slide installations and work related to found/recycled materials. She said “My practice centres on exploring how found objects can function with image to create oscillations between fantasy and reality. I am also experimenting with paper collage works and photography.” Sarah is influenced by artists who have used photography and manipulation like Andy Warhol. She is also interested in writing and earlier this year took part in an open writing competition to celebrate the Liverpool Biennial.

Sarah said, “I am now looking to develop my career as an artist and a writer. I am looking at either taking a writing course or setting up a writing group. I have been involved in curating exhibitions whilst at university so this is something I would like to continue doing as it gives opportunities to show work and discuss and gain support from others. I was one of the co-founders of the UWE Exhibition Society so I am sure this experience will help me in the future.”

Lucy Cox (BA (Hons) Drawing and Applied Arts) has produced a moving artwork based on her own drawings. She said, “I use a vast range of drawing material including pencil, digital imagery and making drawing tools from lights and drawing on light sensitive paper. I am influenced by film makers like Patrick Bokanowski and writers like Milan Kundera, Arundhati Roy and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. My Degree show piece is based on extracts from the novel ‘Fugitive Pieces’ by Ann Michaels. I attempt to build a moody atmosphere with visuals and audio.”

Lucy is part of an exhibition group called ‘Draw’ that exhibits independently of the university. She has recently had a work short listed for the Nationwide Mercury Music design award shown at ‘Air Gallery’ in London during May 2005. Currently working at the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol, Lucy intends to extend her studies to MA level and travel to Central and South America next year.”

Admission to the show is free. For more details contact Louise Jennings on 0117 32 84816 e-mail: Louise.Jennings@uwe.ac.uk

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