Final year degree shows go live – in person and online

Students in Fine Art and Design have once again risen to the challenge of creating final year degree shows amid the challenges presented by the pandemic.

Following the
success of last year’s innovative online show, students in the School of Fine
Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies
have independently
curated a show in their beautiful campus building that the public can attend.

Opening to the public on Friday
11 June, Fickle Spaces welcomes
the return of the in-person degree show with work that reflects the
difficulties of the past year.

Art works will be presented in
the studios of the School, and digital and performance works will be presented
outside to explore new modes of presentation, while adhering to Covid-19

Over 300 tickets were taken up
within the first hour of being released. To book a visit to the exhibition, which
runs to 26 June, visit the Fickle Spaces website.

The website showcases a range of student interviews,
statements, art work and blog posts, and introduces each of the 84 artists
taking part. As time progresses, online content and documentation of the
physical show will be added to open it up to those who can’t visit in person.

Black and white image of a woman and a large doll on a sofa outside

work by final year B.A students from across five courses –  Art &
Design, Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing, Graphic and Communication Design,
and Textile Design –  the School of Design’s online degree show
begins with a launch event tonight (Thursday) – open to the public  –
featuring guest speakers from the creative industries.

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Work can be viewed online on a dedicated website.

“We would like to sincerely congratulate all our
wonderful students”

Dr Catherine Stones, Deputy Head, School of Design

Dr Catherine Stones, Deputy
Head of the School of Design said: “The student work this year brilliantly represents the
School of Design’s ethos – to be courageous and innovative. Our graduates are
known for their ability to experiment, articulate and execute creative
responses to a wide variety of challenging briefs. Despite enormous
difficulties their talent shines very brightly this year.

“We would like to sincerely congratulate all our
wonderful students. We have every confidence that they will go on to contribute
enormously to the creative industries and improve the quality of people’s lives
through the power of art and design.”

Final year BA Fine Art student Kate
coordinated the Fickle
fundraising team. She said: 
“Helping to organise this exhibition has been a great
experience. I’ve loved seeing everybody’s work coming together after a pretty
disrupted academic year.

“Despite Covid and the complications it brings, there has
been a great sense of community. I’m very glad to be working with such a driven
and talented group of artists.”

“It is about courage and resilience and overcoming that which once seemed impossible.”

Dr Joanne Crawford, Head of the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

Joanne Crawford
, Head of the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural
Studies, said: “These
young people have demonstrated an amazing capacity to learn and develop under
intense pressure, whilst at the same time taking the time to feel and
understand the boundaries and limitations of the multiple spaces in which they
now create.

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it is inevitable that their work will be seen as a response to the pandemic, to
the frustrations of lockdown, it is about more than this. It is about courage
and resilience and overcoming that which once seemed impossible.

are so proud of them in the School, and we are very much looking forward to
becoming part of the expansion of the Fickle Spaces they have created.”

Register for the School of Design’s launch

You can attend Fickle Spaces in the School of Fine Art, History of
Art and Cultural Studies
by booking through the
. Further
information can be found here


Still from ‘Free Fall’, a film by Elika Norowzian 

Still from Untitled, a film by Katie Youdale 

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