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A group of Year Two BA (Hons) Fine Art students organised and curated an exhibition named ‘Absence’ at Nunns Gallery during May 2017. The exhibition aimed to demonstrate the raw realities of living with a mental illness. ‘Absence reflects the experience and perceptions surrounding this raw subject; an area that many find difficult to express’. The exhibition was curated by Year Two Fine Art students Naomi Kirk-Smith, Ruby-Jaye Wood and Siris Hill. Artists included: Robyn Bailey, Andia Brassley, Georgia-Mae Fraser, Rosie Groom, Emma Hampson, Sophia Herrington, Gemma Jouques, Sophie Lewis, John Mallett and Amy O’Connor. Following the exhibition, Ruby-Jaye Wood said ‘We had a great turnout which included some local and national charities, as well as many positive comments which asked for more exhibitions on this subject’.
Thursday 27 April, 6.30pm – Duke Street Lecture Theatre
In association with the Norfolk Contemporary Art Society, NUA is delighted to host a talk by Berger’s biographer Tom Overton. John Berger (1926–2017) was an art critic, Booker Prize Winner, novelist, painter and poet. Tom Overton (Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the archives of the Barbican and Guildhall School of Music and Drama) edited Portraits: John Berger on Artists (2015) and Landscapes: John Berger on Art (2016), and is writing both Berger’s biography and a book on archives and migration. No booking required – NCAS Members £2.50, NUA students free, non-members £4 (with payment on the door).
2014 Fine Art graduate Naomi Harwin is the featured artist for March on Axisweb. Naomi discusses her practice, which predominantly explores the states between making and unmaking, and her recent exhibition with NUA graduate Michaela D’Agati. This joint exhibition ‘in between things’ tied together both artists’ investigation of objects, forms and shapes as a response to the concept that as practitioners they are both continually finding themselves in the ‘in-between’. Naomi explains, both artists wanted to create “an environment in both a physical and theoretical space and keep it as an active site of ‘Investigation’ allowing the nature of the process to remain open and intact.” Find out more about Naomi’s practice and read her interview on Axisweb’s website.
A small group of BA (Hons) Fine Art students participated in a performance workshop, specially arranged for NUA on 1st March, working with the artist Evan Ifekoya. Evan gave a talk at NUA back in January 2017, and students were able to submit proposals for the workshop after her talk. The 1-day workshop took place at Wysing Arts Centre where Evan is currently showing her work in the group exhibition All Channels Open. Students spent the day generating experimental writing, performing spoken word and discussing the outcomes with Evan. Participating students included Year one students Coco O’Brien and Kimberley Warder, and third year students James Tomlin, Gemma Carson, Leonela Helm, Molly Aldous and Holly Priestly. Previous NUA workshops at Wysing Arts Centre have brought BA Fine Art students into contact with the artists Kit Craig, Alice Theobald, Cécile B Evans, Laure Prouvost and Mark Aerial Waller.
Graduate-run paper-cutting studio, Rhombus and Pineapple were announced winners of the Top Drawer Paper Awards SS17 in the Engaging Print category, in January 2017. The Paper Award is an initiative led by PaperFest, a space held at the Top Drawer Design-led event in London dedicated to designers, printers and makers, with the aim to “support and recognise the creativity and innovation of their greetings and stationery exhibitors”. Emily Powell and Grace Thomson of Rhombus and Pineapple (BA (Hons) Fine Art, 2011) produce bespoke designs and witty typography from their studio/shop in Topsham, Devon. Find out more about Rhombus and Pineapple.
Congratulations to first-year student Louisa Marriott who has won the Khojaly Peace Prize for Art 2017. Louisa received her award at a special ceremony and exhibition which took place in the Houses of Parliament in February. Her entry was shortlisted from over 70 submissions for the prize which commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Khojaly Massacre. This year, the judges for the prestigious Khojaly Peace Prize included MP Bob Blackman MP and Baroness Warsi, former Senior Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. Louisa’s explains the concept of her winning work (pictured) utilised colours from the Azerbaijan flag to show movement and mixing. She explains “I have captured the idea of refugees being free and welcome to seek safety in other countries. This ‘flow’ of paint shows the importance of free movement. Contrasting against this, faces of today’s refugee children from places such as Syria and Lebanon, who have benefited from being welcomed and accepted into other communities, remembering how vital this is to continue.” Louisa was awarded a £500 prize and her work will be displayed at the House of Parliament alongside all shortlisted entries.
BA (Hons) Fine Art Course Leader Carl Rowe and 2014 Graduate Naomi Harwin have been featured in Axisweb’s #Five2Watch featuring the work of 5 selected contemporary artists working in print. Naomi’s featured work considers how we organise and interpret visual information and she reflects on how we might comprehend objects through the aid of models and images. Carl, who describes himself as ‘an artist working in print process’, has been featured for his woodcut series of engine parts, a depiction of curious mechanical components, aimed to engender a sense of the industrial revolution by combining woodcut with screen-print. Find our more about Axis Web’s #Five2Watch.
2016 Graduate Ellie Davison-Archer has completed a residency at Dumfries House. This outstanding Palladian mansion, saved for the nation in 2007 by Prince Charles and set in a 2,000 acre estate lies in the heart of a romantic landscape. For Ellie, who outlines her practice as focusing on the overlooked, and rediscovering the familiar through questioning our perceptions of natural form, the residency at Dumfries House was a perfect placement. Ellie works towards obscuring the visual familiarity of found objects by investigating their hidden detail, creating macro representations with meticulous pencil drawing, printing techniques and fragmented objects. Resident artists experience a private working environment at Dumfries House, where they are accommodated in the Coach House flat and given access to large well-equipped studios. View work from Ellie’s residency on or visit the Dumfries House website.
Mark Wilsher, NUA Fine Art Lecturer and Jenny Dunseath of Bath Spa University developed and created the exhibition Artist Boss, exploring the relationship between sculptor Anthony Caro (1924-2013) and four of his studio assistants at the New Art Centre in Salisbury. From the early stages of his career Sir Anthony Caro employed young artists as studio assistants in his Camden studio. Artist Boss underlines the crucial importance of relationships and a sense of community within a creative workplace. Four assistants – Ian Dawson, John Gibbons, Guy Martin and John Wallbank – from five successive decades of employment are represented with recent works, alongside pieces made by Caro during their respective eras in the studio. Springing from the creation of this involving and scholarly exhibition, the Artist Boss book (published by Wunderkammer Press), written and edited by Mark and Jenny, presents a series of interviews with studio assistants, and critical essays and interviews with Anthony Caro. Find out more about the Artist Boss Exhibition which is open until 29 January.
International Artist and Writer Fabian Peake delivered a lecture and short performance to NUA Fine Art students as part of the course’s Lecture programme. Fabian, the son of Mervyn Peake the writer of Gormenghast, has exhibited internationally including the Wynwood Gallery, Miami, the International Festival of Arts and Chelsea Futurespace, London. Fabian has also published his short stories and poems in publications including the Guardian and Creative Review. Find out more about Fabian’s work.
BA (Hons) Fine Art lecturer Matthew Bennington will exhibit work as part of The Masters exhibition at Bankside Gallery from 9 – 20 November. Matthew’s work, an etching made using hardground on copper, is entirely handmade and inspired by visual references from a trip to Bucharest. The Masters is an exhibition series established by the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and focuses on a particular branch of printmaking. Find out more about Matthew’s work and the exhibition on the Bankside Gallery website.
Susan Gunn (Fine Art 2003) launches ‘New Ground’ at The Fairhurst Gallery in autumn 2016. The work on display is a new selection of work created in residency in Greater Manchester further exploring the process of working with natural earth pigment, organic waxes and gesso that Susan has explored throughout her career. ‘New Ground’ opens at The Fairhurst Gallery on 14 October closing on 30 November 2016.
Image credit: Susan Gunn – New Ground.
Inspired by Raymond Brigg’s ‘The Snowman and The Snowdog’, BA (Hons) Fine Art graduate, Jenny Leonard has brought to life ‘Brighton Belle’ (pictured). Jenny painted the statue in conjunction with the Brighton Art Trail as part of ‘Snowdogs by the Sea’ and was selected by British Airways i360 to exhibit in London Victoria Station in autumn 2016. See Brighton Belle until 27 November 2016.
Image credit: British Airways i360.
The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts has collaborated with St Mary’s Works and Norwich University of the Arts to offer four graduates a unique artist residency. Jade Anderson (BA Fine Art), Becky Showell (BA Fine Art), Kirstin Bicker (MA Fine Art) and Henry Driver (MA Fine Art) have taken part in a month long residency based at St Mary’s Works, a redundant shoe factory in the centre of Norwich, sharing free studio space and receiving mentoring advice from artists and Sainsbury Centre staff. The opportunity is intended as a space for them to develop their creative practice. The residency culminates with a public exhibition at St Mary’s Works, Norwich, open on Thursday 29 September 6 – 8pm and Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October 12 – 3pm.
Year three student Natalie Moles-Smith won first prize in the annually held Bishop’s Art Prize for her piece entitled Epistle, a solid bronze arrangement of a collection of letters. Held in Norwich Cathedral Hostry in March, a panel of judges including alumna and 2003 winner, Susan Gunn selected Epistle as the winning piece with the Bishop of Norwich presenting Natalie with her prize. BA (Hons) Fine Art student Anna Cox and MA Fine Art student Christine Leech were awarded joint third prize for their individual pieces. Read about the exhibition and see a full list of winners.
BA (Hons) Fine Art 2008 graduate Lee Marshall has been shortlisted for the 2016 John Moores Painting Prize for his piece entitled Midnight I, with Lee’s piece being exhibited at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool from 9 July – 27 November 2016. The exhibition is included in the international festival, Liverpool Biennial 2016, held across the city.
Fine Art graduate (2015) Henry Driver has been selected among 30 new graduate artists to be featured in the XL Catlin Art Guide 2016. The fully illustrated limited edition book, which is described as an “indispensable reference” for followers of contemporary art, launches at the London Art Fair 2016, alongside an exhibition of works by select artists. Henry commented: “It is fantastic to have this kind of prestigious recognition for your practice and recent work, especially as an artist who isn’t based in London. I am completely over the moon to be selected.” He further commented on his time at University, ‘Fantastic support: tutors, technicians, workshops, equipment hire, all to the highest standard and incredibly understanding.”
Graduate James Metsoja (2007) has been shortlisted among 10 artists for the Griffin Art Prize 2015. An annual residency and exhibition award for UK based artists in painting and drawing, the prize provides the winner with a six month residency culminating in a solo exhibition at Griffin Gallery, plus a large studio in London and art materials.
Sarah Horton and Sarah West, lecturers on the BA Fine Art course, delivered a paper at the Whitworth Gallery, Manchester for the Teaching Painting: A Conference organised by Manchester Metropolitan University on Friday 30th October. Other representatives at the conference included heads of Painting from Glasgow School of Art, Edinburgh College of Art, Camberwell and the Royal College of Art. There were around 150 delegates including well-known artists such as Estelle Thompson, Dawn Mellor and Lisa Milroy, and the conference will result in a publication. The paper was about strategies for teaching painting to first year students and we are grateful to students from the course for making their work available to us for use at the conference. Sarah Horton said “We were delighted to be selected for such a prestigious conference amongst many peers for whom we have so much respect. The two-day event was illuminating for many pedagogic reasons and a fantastic networking opportunity with like-minded professionals in the fine art sector.
NUA welcomed artist Paula MacArthur to campus in October to lecture to our undergraduate and postgraduate students. MacArthur is a painter whose style uses bold colour and is evident of a commitment to naturalistic draughtsmanship. She is currently working on a series of large scale canvases based on gemstones photographed in the Natural History Museum. Find out more about MacArthur via her website.
A portfolio of prints made by students and staff from the BA and MA Fine Art courses at NUA is currently being exhibited at the IMPACT 9 international printmaking conference at China Academy of Arts in Hangzhou, southeast China. IMPACT is the largest and most influential printmaking conference in the world, bringing together delegates from all continents for a five-day bonanza of exhibitions, academic papers and illustrated talks, workshops, trade fair, networking and socialising. Course Leader Carl Rowe says: “Our portfolio project East/West has been conceived specifically in response to the geographic location of IMPACT this year. We invited students and staff from Falmouth University to collaborate (in the past we have invited Boston University, Asagaya College of Art Tokyo and California State University), the simple concept being the extreme of easterly and westerly locations of the two universities.”
Lecturer Mark Wilsher curates an anthropological investigation of the aesthetics of a locality, presenting a selection of 40 industrially-produced artworks borrowed from households within two miles of the Minories Galleries. Everyone is an curator (29 August – 24 October) presents a variety of artworks, from reproductions of famous works by Picasso, Van Gogh and Matisse to posters from children’s bedrooms advertising Disney movies and Minecraft.
Graduate Dina Leigh (BA (Hons) and MA Fine Art, 2014) will exhibit her paintings in Patterns of Change, a solo show at the Moray Art Centre in Findhorn, Scotland. Open to the public from 29 August to 22 September, the show is described as showing Dina “in search of something deeply elemental, different and very much her own”.
Graduating student Henry Driver has won the first prize of £500 in the Norfolk Contemporary Art Society prize 2015 for his digital artwork titled A Tender Vision.
Graduating students will exhibit work at Free Range, at the Old Truman Brewery in East London on 3–6 July.
Third year student Henry Driver has been selected for the Wysing Leverhulme Art Scholars Summer School residency at Wysing Arts Centre. It is a six week program culminating in an exhibition at Wysing. You can find more information about the residency here.
Year Three student Ng Bing Ming has won the first prize of £1,000 in the Bishop’s Art Prize 2015 with a piece titled Pulse. Jasmine Bradbury and Louise Walker were also commended.
Lecturer Lisa Selby has been awarded a place on the ‘Associate Maker’ scheme at Firstsite Gallery in Colchester. The scheme offers makers a range of professional development opportunities including promotion, international residencies and funding.
Carl Rowe, Course Leader of Fine Art at NUA, has had work selected for the Art Hub Print Open, which opens to the public 12–28 June. Art Hub is a not-for-profit social enterprise located over three sites in South East London with over 100 artists members.
Year Three Fine Art student Henry Driver showed two works in ‘Late at the Tate’ in May. One of a series of events which explore the theme of ‘Speculation’, Late at the Tate selects artists from all disciplines including performance, moving image and sound and digital media. Find out more about about Henry’s practice.
Artist platform ‘A Shade of Yellow’ presents an exhibition including work by NUA graduates. The show features work from students who studied on the BA and MA Fine Art courses and has been curated by BA Fine Art graduates Gabriel Loy, Tom Davies and Ivan Chambers. The exhibition opens with a private view on 21 April and continues until 25 April at the Embassy Tea Gallery, London.
10 Year Two students from NUA were selected to take part in No Working Title, a project which set out to provoke a dialogue between students and academics from the Fine Art departments of three higher education institutions and establish a collaborative relationship between these institutions and an international gallery curator. Each student was paired with another from one of the other institutions and, with their own practice at the centre of the process, devised a set of instructions that enabled their partner to make a piece of work.
Artist organisation Norwich Twenty Group will present the work of nine alumni of NUA in an exhibition of coloured letter carving on slate at The Forum. The show, titled WE ARE HERE ALREADY, will include works by Linda Chapman, Emma Cracknell, Henry Jackson Newcomb, Rebecca Kemp, Andy Reeve, Laura Such, Anthony George, Davide Lakshmanasamy and Helen Piffero.
Georgia Dodson (BA Fine Art 2009) showed 10 miniatures in the ‘Art in Miniature’ exhibition at the Hare & Moon Gallery, Alby Crafts and Gardens in December. Her work, which is strongly influenced by a tradition of 17th century northern European forest floor paintings, seeks to re-engage the viewer with the detail and the complexity of life and decay on the forest floor.
Graduate Andrea Girling (2012) took part in a joint exhibition with Patricia Colyer called ‘Traces in the Landscape’ at The Workshop in Snape Maltings, Suffolk in November. View Andrea’s work.
2012 graduate Will Reid was among the artists selected for the Zeitgeist Open 2014, which was held at the Zeitgeist Arts Projects in New Cross, London. He was selected among 23 artists from 547 submissions and is in contention to win a position in the Zeitgeist curated group show at the London Art Fair 2016.
Three screen-prints by BA Fine Art Course Leader Carl Rowe have been selected for the Okanagan Print Triennial which takes place in Okanagan, British Columbia between March and May 2015. This leading international open print exhibitions will take place in the Vernon Public Art Gallery and the Kelowna Art Gallery and is in association with University of British Columbia.
Lecturer Lisa Selby presents a performance at the Andipa Gallery in Knightsbridge in November. Some Prefer Nettles exposes a relationship between science and gender by approaching the subject of women and botany in England during the nineteenth century.
Year 3 student Bing Ming Ng has a selection of paintings featured on the New Blood Art website, a curated online art gallery that promotes and sells work by the most promising emerging artists.
Course Leader Carl Rowe has had his work featured as one of ‘Eight of the best limited edition prints for art collectors on a budget’, by Axisweb and Culture24. ‘Deprecated Location’ is a 2014 print which represents Carl’s practice as a “hapless commentator’ on the big political and economic issues of the day. The feature, timed to coincide with the London art fairs, is aimed at collectors of limited edition prints.
Graduate Jules Allen (BA Fine Art, 2004 and MA Fine Art, 2005) has opened a gallery for new artists in Reepham, near Norwich. The Rushlight Gallery is a curated exhibiting and selling space with an emphasis on high quality, unique art and hand crafted work including painting, printmaking, artist’s books, sculpture, pottery, ceramics and textiles from UK artists and makers.
Graduate Georgia Dodson (BA Fine Art, 2009 and MA Fine Art, 2012) has been shortlisted for the ArtGemini Prize 2014. Her work is included in the Finalists Exhibition at the TriSpace Gallery in Bermondsley, London, 24 October – 1 November.
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