River Severn inspires UWE landscape photographer

Issue date: 16 June 2005

River Severn inspires UWE landscape photographer

MA Show 18 -21 June 2005, Bower Ashton Campus,

The work of around 50 practising artists and professionals who are studying for postgraduate degrees in the Bristol School of Art Media and Design at the University of the West of England will go on show from 18 – 21 June at the Bower Ashton Campus.

Among the MA students whose work will be on show is Keith Jones’ who has taken a series of evocative landscape photographs of the River Severn. Keith says, “I was born at Aust and the river has supported my family for generations. With the second highest rise and fall of tide in the world and I have always found the River Severn fascinating. You could say I have got muddy water instead of blood in my veins! Through this project I wanted to find the ‘soul’ of the river and express what it means to me in my photographs. I spent a great deal of time researching and reading all the great landscape photographers and painters which has helped me a great deal in my own photography.”

Keith currently teaches students how to get to grips with digital technology at the Bower Ashton Campus and he says making the switch from teaching to being taught wasn’t always easy, “The transition from UWE employee to student, whilst enjoyable is sometimes a little difficult. The leap from helping students to fulfil their creative wishes, to switching to student mode is not easy! I have found the course is well taught and there is good critical assessment and advice offered on the work produced. I hope this programme will help me will be better equipped and more experienced so that I can instruct and help students of all levels to achieve their creative objectives.”

Keith photographs were all taken between Purton and Aust on the river Severn.

Marina Harvey’s work has fused the traditional techniques and inspiration of African prints with imagery and textiles from England. Marina says, “I used African prints from West and Southern Africa as an inspiration to create textiles which challenge notions of what we think is typically African and what is English. For example using the methods of African printing I have used a typical English fabric such as tweed and printed it with a tea cup design. I aim to confuse the two identities so that people will question their preconceptions.”

Marina has used different print techniques such as heat transfer, discharge printing and silk screen to create a range of printed textiles and garments. She says, “It is light-hearted but there is an underlying seriousness to my work. Some of the work challenges people’ notion of Africaness.”

The MA Show in the Bristol School of Art Media and Design (BSAMD) at UWE features work in a whole range of disciplines including animation, fine art, photography, print making, screen writing, sculpture, as well as project-based research degrees.

Those undertaking post graduate studies come from a wide range of backgrounds, many are practising artists, who want to refine or hone their techniques, others are already working in creative professions but want to add to or develop their skills with the help of expert tuition and facilities offered at BSAMD.

Editor’s notes

MA Show, Bower Ashton Campus, Kennel Lodge Road, Bristol, BS3 2|JT

17 June, 18.00 – 20.00 (Private View)
18, 19 June 10.00 – 16.00
20, 21 June 10.00 – 20.00

Jpeg visuals available – please call the UWE Press Office

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