Place+Environment exhibition opens in city centre

Issue date: 25 November 2010

Art and Design students at the University of the West of England are exhibiting their work at the Destination Bristol shop underneath the Watershed, on Bristol's harbourside, from 1 – 20 December.

Students across the Department of Art and Design were set a summer project on the theme of sustainability, to keep their arts practice going over the summer break. The idea was to engage them with issues of sustainability and consideration of the wider environment through their subject discipline.

This exhibition showcases a selection of the students' work and clearly demonstrates how artists and designers can contribute to the global debate on the environment and climate change.

The work builds on contemporary debates taking place across the Creative Industries. Art and Design students are keenly aware of the impact of production through material use, the ethical employment of labour and the impact of consumer society on the developed – and developing – world.

The exhibition has already been shown in the F Block gallery at UWE's Bower Ashton campus, and at the Ashton Court visitor's centre, where members of the public were encouraged to vote for their favourite piece of work.

Prizes will be awarded on 13 December for the best artwork or idea: a £200 prize awarded by a jury panel of Creative Arts professionals and a £200 prize awarded by public vote from people attending the exhibitions. The prizes are very kindly supported by PLaCE, UWE's visual arts research centre.

For more information on the exhibition please visit the events diary on our website

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