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NUA MA students selected for prestigious science festival projects

Four MA students from NUA will collaborate with scientists at the University of Cambridge to produce outreach material for the two prestigious science festivals next year.

The students Tom Hill and Ted Byard from the MA Fine Art course and Jacqui Jones and Tran Nguyen from MA Communication Design will work with PhD and post-doctoral scientists from The University of Cambridge Nano Doctoral Training Centre to develop materials for next year’s Cambridge Science Festival and the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition.

The students were selected for the work by project co-ordinator Melissa Murray, who graduated from NUA’s Fine Art course in 2015, and who now facilitates artistic and scientific interactions at the University of Cambridge Nano Doctoral Training Centre.

Marie Brennan, Associate Dean and Head of Taught Postgraduate Awards, said: “MA students at NUA are encouraged to produce work inspired by the world around them, including science, and we are delighted to be involved with this initiative.”

Still taken from MA student Julian Hinds trailer for the London Short Film Festival 2018 uses flashing neon colours and fast cut footage

MA student creates official trailer for London Short Film Festival

MA student Julian Hinds has been commissioned to create the official trailer for the forthcoming London Short Film Festival.

The festival, now in its 15 year, is one of the centrepieces of the UK independent film calendar. Julian, a student on the MA Moving Image and Sound, said the trailer commission followed engagement with the festival over a number of years as a film-maker and a light show artist.

“Stylistically I wanted to explore an experimental and filmic aesthetic bringing grain, texture and the unique celluloid colour pallet to the piece. I prefer (when I can) to work with Super 8mm film and the festival wanted me to maintain a celluloid trace within the trailer’s production,” he said.

Julian said London became the subject of his filmic experiments. “The festival gave me the opportunity to experiment with new ideas and techniques,” he added. “The challenge was to find the balance between what I wanted to explore from an experimental perspective and what the festival needed as a marketing tool. I think we found it and have an exciting visual piece to herald in next year’s festivities.”

Watch Julian’s 49-second trailer.

Photo exhibition by MA fine art student Keron Beattie shows a cracked ceramic bowl with a mixture of gold and bone powder int he center

Second Axisweb selection for MA Fine Art student

Work by MA Fine Art student Keron Beattie has been featured by Axisweb for the second time this year.

A piece by Keron appears in Axisweb’s “Category of the Week” selection on the theme of “practice-based research”. This follows Axisweb featuring another piece by Keron in its “New Art Highlights” section in March.

Keron, who exhibits his work in London and Norfolk, said the latest work featured by Axisweb continued his “exploration of impermanence”. He added: “A large brass bowl was coated with PVA glue and then acrylic paste. The paste was heated to begin a cracking process which continued as it dried out. The green copper salts are now bleeding though and I hope that in time they may force at least some of the paste off. The bowl contains broken and crushed bone and gold flake. In the very long term the gold will survive us all!”

Keron said his work considered “brokenness wholeness”. “I’ve worked out that making-by-hand in a reflective dialogue with the materials is a key aspect of my practice and understanding and pushing the materiality of an object is usually the starting point for each individual piece of work,” he said.

Charcoal drawing created by NUA graduate Elizabeth Monahan

NUA graduate selected for drawing award exhibition

Work by MA Fine Art graduate Elizabeth Monahan has been selected for the 2017 Hermione Hammond Drawing Award exhibition in London. This year’s award attracted 674 submissions from 74 universities and colleges in Britain and Ireland. Elizabeth’s work – a charcoal drawing titled The Variegated Fatsia – was one of only 14 selected for the exhibition at The Space, Cass Art Islington.

The exhibition and award, run in conjunction with Mall Galleries, was established five years ago to honour the memory of the late artist Hermione Hammond and to encourage artists to develop drawing skills.

Logo of the Jerwood Drawing Prize

NUA postgraduate wins prestigious drawing award

A drawing installation by NUA alumnus Jade Montserrat has won this year’s Jerwood Student Award. Jade’s work ‘No Need for Clothing’ combines performance and drawing, transforming gallery walls with charcoal and her body covered in the grime of the work, underlining the intense labour of her creative effort. The Jerwood judges were presented with documentary images of Jade’s performance, photographed by Jacquetta Clark. Jade, who studied a Master’s Degree at NUA in 2011, describes her work as having the “potential to speak of entanglement, of commodity fetishism; possessively accumulated, intimately discarded; a polemic engaged in combat between histories of colonialism and today’s realities, imposition and economies of trust, protection and survival.” When asked if she had any advice for students considering going into higher education, Jade said “In the spirit of this prize, it has to be drawing, study drawing, attend life drawing classes, observe everything, be curious, be open, be fluid, draw out questions from everywhere, draw from all experiences, walk, think of life as a drawing – a trace – draw from the moment and act.”

NUA hosts The Association for Photography in Higher Education Conference 2017

The Association for Photography in Higher Education and Norwich University of the Arts invite submissions to the summer conference held at NUA from 19-21 July 2017. ‘Human Interfaces: Borderless (Dis)Connections and Disrupted Futures’, is the Association for Photography in Higher Education’s three-day summer conference. This year’s theme addresses the complexities of how and what it means to be human now, exploring the functions, affects and dynamics of how identity is constructed through narratives, histories and social geography; through the exploration of relationships between communities and individuals, between power and empowerment, nature and nurture and representations of the human condition through technology – between the ‘real’ world, a digitally networked one and the space in-between.

Download the Call for Papers

Drawing inspired by Cathedral congregation wins Bishop’s Art Prize

Final year MA Fine Art student, Elizabeth Monahan, has won this year’s Bishop’s Art Prize. Elizabeth was awarded the prize for her charcoal drawing entitled When music sounds, gone is the world I know which is inspired by a congregation listening to an organ recital at Norwich Cathedral. Steph Kedik, also studying MA Fine Art, was Highly Commended for her piece entitled A Point of Coordination.

The Bishop’s Art Prize is an annual competition open to final year students at NUA who are studying for either an undergraduate or postgraduate degree. Students are invited to create works in response to a brief set by the Bishop of Norwich that explore, but are not limited to, Christian themes. This year’s theme was Glimpses of Glory.

Graduate selected for City of Culture’s Fountain17

2015 MA Fine Art graduate, Greg Hayman has been selected to exhibit as part of Fountain17, an exhibition which asks artists to respond to the renown work of Marcel Duchamp using a urinal provided by iconic brand Armitage Shanks. The exhibition is being held as part of the City of Culture programme in Hull and Greg will be featured alongside artists from across the UK including Turner Prize winners Assemble. The exhibition opens on April 1 and runs until 14 May 2017, find out more on the Fountain17 website.

Adrienne Cameron Fountain17

MA Fine Art Student selected for two prestigious exhibitions

MA Fine Art student Adrienne Cameron’s work will be one of 125 selected from around the world in the Arte Laguna exhibition in Venice this month. This exhibition showcases the best of emerging international artists. Talking about her exhibition piece, Journeyings – Part 1: Leaving home (pictured) she explains, “This work belongs to a series exploring identity and migration prompted by the current global refugee crisis. Journeyings seeks to disrupt the ongoing social and cultural ‘truths’ we tell about ourselves, especially in a period of political unrest, to ask the viewer how they would fundamentally define their own core identities in their life journeys?” The exhibition is open at Nappe Arsenale, Venice from the 26 March – 9 April 2017.

Adrienne has also been shortlisted for the Fountain17 exhibition organised in conjunction with Armitage Shanks which celebrates the centenary of Marcel Duchamp’s famous sculpture Fountain, made from a urinal. Adrienne’s work The Three Graces references the attributes mirth, joy and beauty, the three graces of Greek mythology, and also takes inspiration from Duchamp’s predilection for eroticism and humour. This will be exhibited from 1 April in Hull at Studio Eleven and Kingston Art Gallery, and 23 – 25 May in the BathRoom, 88 Charterhouse Street, London.

Jessica Burgess, Victoria, Painting

Student awarded Young Artist Award 2017

Jessica Burgess, MA Fine Art, has been awarded the Lynn Painter-Stainers ‘Young Artist Award’ for 2017 for her painting Victoria (pictured). Jessica writes of her paintings that they are intended to initiate “conversations about a fragmented world that mirrors our image-saturated lifestyles. My work explores how we consume and discard images with little pause for thought and how this has given painting a new agency as a slower medium.” The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize was created in 2005 to encourage the best creative representational painting and promote the skill of draughtsmanship. The exhibition runs from 6 – 18 March 2017 at the Mall Galleries, London and from 25 March – 22 April 2017 at Guildford House Gallery, Guildford, Surrey.

Graduate appointed manager at the RAF Air Defence Radar Museum

Gregory Hayman has been appointed as the new manager of the RAF Air Defence Radar Museum, based on the once Top Secret Neatishead RAF site at Horning in Norfolk. The museum charts the history of Radar and air defence and includes 20 rooms and external exhibits from mobile radar units, to a Bloodhound surface to air missile that formed the backbone of our last resort defence capability during the Cold War. Gregory graduated from NUA as both a BA and MA Fine Art graduate. Gregory explained, ‘Without doubt, NUA prepared me for the job I have now, the professionalism and support of the staff in all matters of exhibiting and curation was second to none.’ (Photograph by Susan Glen)

John Berger portrait

‘I saw differently: John Berger and Revisiting’ – A talk by Tom Overton


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).

MA Fine Art student featured on Axisweb Artist of the week

MA Fine Art student Keron Beattie has been featured on Axisweb as one of four artists in their ‘New Art Highlights’ of the week. Keron who regularly exhibits his work in Norfolk and London, explains that his current practice at NUA investigates “ideas of wholeness and its opposite brokenness and is predominately sculptural in approach and execution, but not exclusively so.” Axisweb highlighted Keron’s work alongside three other artists working in installation, collage and mixed media. You can view more of Keron’s work and his full profile on Axisweb.

A Body of Work portrait by and of Richard Sawdon Smith showing face corset


A body of work

The changing face of photography in the 21st century.

Thursday 23 February – From 6pm

In this lecture, Norwich University of the Arts Dean of Arts & Media, Professor Richard Sawdon Smith explores his career as a photographer and looks at how new digital technologies and the convergence of media have blurred the boundaries of what photography is in the 21st century, instigating an explosion of the ‘photographic’ image in our daily lives. Find out about this free event.

Les Bicknell

Artist in Residence for Senior Lecturer

Les Bicknell, Senior Lecturer in BA (Hons) Textile Design has secured Arts Council funding for an artist in residence at the Maxwell Centre NanoDTC in Cambridge for a year. Les has designed his project, unfolding thinking (pictured), to deepen a discussion of the connections linking contemporary art and innovative scientific thinking. Les will be working inside the labs at Cambridge University, making a space and engaging with research students to establish a body of new artwork interlacing with aspects of nanotechnology. His aim is to build a closer relationship with the scientific community, developing audiences for the arts and recognising the potential of the arts in science, technology, engineering and maths. Follow the project on the unfolding thinking website.


Graduate performance premieres at the Passion for Knowledge Science Festival

2015 MA Fine Art graduate Melissa Pierce Murray collaborated with artist Diana Scarborough on a multidisciplinary performance, Breaking Boundaries, premiered for for the inauguration of the Donastia International Physics Center (DIPC) Passion for Knowledge Science Festival on 26 September, in San Sebastian, Spain. Performed at the Victoria Eugenia Theatre in San Sebastian by local dancers from the Dantzas group, the event wove concepts from science through an installation involving sculpture, dance, projection and sound. Melissa and Diana’s work was enacted against the soundscape of the city, resonating with authenticity and creative interactivity and forming an integral part of the San Sebastian European Capital of Culture 2016 program. DIPC commissioned the artists to create an artwork that would explore cultural, scientific, artistic and emotional boundaries. Watch the full Breaking Boundaries performance.


NUA Chair of Animation animates for Oxford Relit Summer School

The Oxford ReLit Summer School is an intensive exploration of the power and therapeutic value of literature and the other arts. The theme for 2017 is ‘The Writer, the Artist & their Notebook’. This year filmmaker Professor Suzie Hanna has been animating the drawings of English poet Stevie Smith, with particular reference to her character stereotypes and the way that male and female aspirations and relationships are explored. Susie will deliver a session at the Oxford Relit Summer School on connecting the poet’s textual and illustrative vision, and will include a hands-on character development workshop. Professor Suzie Hanna is Chair of Animation Education at Norwich University of the Arts and Chair of the National Association for Higher Education in the Moving Image (NAHEMI).

Image depicting virtual world symposium event at Norwich University of the Arts

‘Virtual Worlds’ Symposium

Wednesday 23 November – 10am-4pm

As part of William Latham’s Mutator VR exhibition, which opens in East GalleryNUA on 15 November 2016 running until 14 January 2017, Norwich University of the Arts will host a one day symposium exploring potential research and innovation themes stemming from the exhibition including: generative and evolutionary art; artificial intelligence; data, design and play; virtual reality; and the implications of living in a world where the boundaries between the analogue and the digital are ever-shifting.

Read the Symposium programme.

Screencap of Wailing Heights game by Outsider Studios

Teaching Fellow nominated for 2016 ‘TIGA’ gaming award

Scott Grandison, Teaching Fellow for Digital Transformation and Creative Coding has been shortlisted for a ‘TIGA’ gaming award for his work as Producer of computer adventure game, ‘Wailing Heights’. The game, developed at Outsider Studios is shortlisted in the Visual Design category alongside leading industry games Batman: Arkham Knight and Unchartered 4. Wailing Heights is described as ‘A coffin-rocking, body-hopping, musical adventure game, set in with a horrific hamlet of monsters, with a story by Kevin Beimers (Hector: Badge of Carnage) and glorious 2D artwork from a host of illustrious comic book talent.’ Wailing Heights is also nominated for Game of the Year with both winners announced at the TIGA Games Industry Awards on 10 November 2016 in Shoreditch, London.

Watch the Wailing Heights trailer.

Image credit: Wailing Heights – Outsider Studios.

Georgia Turner looking at her own work at NUA

Artist residency at Dumfries House

MA Fine Art graduate, Georgia Turner has been invited to undertake a two week residency at Dumfries House, Ayrshire. Drawing on the location and history of the prestigious collection, she will have the opportunity to create new work responding to the site. One of her final pieces will then be selected to become part of the Dumfries House private collection. Georgia’s practice focuses on drawing and explores the value of deaccessioned objects, analysing hierarchy and the value of archiving.

Graduate residency at St Mary’s Works

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.


Fine Art Graduates and PhD students curate ‘Contested Horizons’ exhibition

In September 2016, graduates and students from NUA host a contemporary Fine Art Exhibition in Salthouse, Norfolk. BA (Hons) Fine Art and MA Fine Art alumni with current PhD students collaborate on ‘Contested Horizons’, an exhibition using landscape, seascape and mindscape exploring how artists negotiate their sense of being when displaced or rooted in the environment. Artists Rhona Fleming, Sarah Foyster, Claire Nelmes, Paul Vousden, Jane Weinle and Trevor Weinle present Contested Horizons from 3rd to 18th September 2016 at St Nicholas Church, Salthouse.


MA Fine Art Graduate awarded Royal British Society of Sculptors Award

2015 Fine Art graduate Melissa Murray is one of ten sculpture artists to be awarded the Royal British Society of Sculptors (RBS) Bursary Award. The bursary is awarded to artists working in three dimensions, of any age and nationality, who have been judged to be of outstanding potential. All ten winning artists will showcase their talent through a launch event, two Sculpture Slam talks, a group exhibition, an award catalogue, and through a dedicated Bursary Awards section on the RBS website. Bursary winners are also invited to take part in a peer to peer mentoring scheme and receive two free years of membership to the society. Melissa will present her work at the Sculpture Slam, the first RBS event taking place on 21 September 2016. Find out more on the RBS website.

MA Student exhibits in ‘grove’ summer residency

In June 2016 MA Fine Art student, Sarah Sabin joined ‘grove’, a Suffolk based gallery and project, culminating in an exhibiting event on 25 June 2016. Sarah exhibited work and shared research theories around the theme, ‘digging about under the surface’ to guests. NUA MA Fine Art student, Henry Driver also takes up residency with grove in September 2016.

Poster of Constellation exhibition in Norwich July 2016

Graduates and Staff present collaborative exhibition, ‘Constellation’

Constellation is a collaborative curated project featuring MA Fine Art staff and graduates from Norwich University of the Arts with The Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam. In Constellation, the artists disrupt the traditional structure of the exhibition, placing the process of dialogue centre-stage. Constellation looks at the subtle impact of exchanges between course tutors and postgraduate students. Against the backdrop of British Art Show 8, this collaboration offers an exploratory approach to the possibilities of the exhibition. Uninhibited by the need to conform to a pre-existing concept, Constellation is more tentative in its approach, and perhaps more representative of the manner in which work comes into being.
The exhibition runs from 2nd – 17th July at The Undercroft Gallery, Norwich.

Haption by Philip Bayliss-Brown

MA Fine Art Graduate shortlisted for prestigious ‘DBACE Award’

MA Fine Art graduate, Philip Bayliss-Brown has been shortlisted for the renowned ‘DBACE Awards’ (Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprise)’ for his project, ‘Haption’. The awards were established in 1993, with Phillip shortlisted in the Art & Photography category. The judging panel includes representatives from the Saatchi Gallery and Frieze magazine as well as Deutsche Bank’s Head of Curation. Philip will present ‘Haption’ to the panel of judges in London in April 2016, with the chance to win £10,000 and start-up business support from Deutsche Bank. Philip commented: ‘I have found the DBACE scheme a very efficient & friendly process. DBACE have great supporting resources, including Max Comfort of Deutsche Bank’s presentation material. The presentation was a superb resource for business development within and beyond the DBACE Award – the competition was worth entering solely on the basis of learning from Max’s experience’.

Exhibition Poster for Presence: Between Time and Space at Moray Art Centre

MA graduate exhibits at the Moray Arts Centre

MA Fine Art graduate Dina Leigh presents an exhibition of new paintings at the Moray Arts Centre in East Scotland. Dina is also Director of the Board of Moray Arts and oversees curation of the space. To find out more about the exhibition visit the Moray Arts Centre website.

Ben Taub Work

MA Communication Design student awarded two coveted D&AD pencils in design honour

‘Freebee’, a project dedicated to turning ‘conversation into conservation’ for the preservation of honeybees has been awarded a D&AD pencil. The yellow pencil was awarded to Ben Taub in the WWF category by D&AD in the ‘New Blood’ awards, dedicated to finding the top emerging talent in design. D&AD Judges included creatives from Adobe, The Telegraph, Shutterstock and Dr. Martens. Ben was then progressed to the next stage of the design awards, winning a prestigious graphite pencil for ‘Freebee’. Head over to the D&AD website to see the Freebee film.


MA Students win at Bishop’s Art Prize 2016

The Bishops Art Prize, an exhibition and competition open to final year BA and MA students, culminated in a show, open at the Hostry in Norwich Cathedral between 12-23 April. MA Fine Art student Christine Leech won 3rd prize and £250 for her untitled piece and MA Moving Image and Sound student, Bradley Morgan Johnson was awarded highly commended. Judges NUA Fine Art Alumna, Susan Gunn, Fine Art Course Leader, Carl Rowe, the Lord Bishop of Norwich and Vice-Chancellor Professor John Last were delighted with the response to the theme ‘Unexpected Blessings’ and particularly impressed with £1,000 winner BA Fine Art student Natalie Moles-Smith’s bronze, Epistle.

British Art Show logo

British Art Show 8 Comes to Norwich

Opening on Friday 24 June until Sunday 4 September 2016, the British Art Show is an internationally renowned exhibition of work by some of the best emerging and new established contemporary artists in the UK which has taken place every 5 years since 1979. A Hayward Touring exhibition BAS is organised in collaboration with galleries in 4 different cities – for BAS8 Leeds, Edinburgh, Norwich and Southampton. Alongside the MA Degree Show (5 – 10 August) NUA hosts the show in Norwich this summer. Artists showing at NUA include Turner Prize winner Laure Prouvost, NUA alumna Jessica Warboys and Suffolk artist Ryan Gander.

Paul Fieldsend-Danks

MA Leader exhibits work at the Royal West of England Academy

MA Leader and fine artist Paul Fieldsend-Danks exhibits work in an upcoming exhibition entitled Imagined Landscapes which explores an alternative understanding of place in contemporary art and the role of the artist as spatial narrator, cartographer and geographer. The exhibition at the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol features multi-disciplinary artists whose work explores environmental issues such as tidal erosion, coastal flooding and the scars left by human cultivation. Imagined Landscapes is open until 12 June.

Laura Dennis

MA Curation Graduate curates work of renown painter Richard Smith

MA Curation graduate and now Curator at Broadway Studio & Gallery in Letchworth, Laura Dennis, has curated the work of renown painter Richard Smith. Smith who was raised in Letchworth hasn’t exhibited work in Letchworth since the 1970s. Laura explained in a recent interview with Wallpaper Magazine she ‘wanted to have an opening show that would be relevant to the local audience but also hopefully attract wider interest, Richard seemed the perfect artist to approach – he’s from town, he has an international career and I also thought his work was so colourful and joyful – a really nice way to get things started.’ Laura worked with Flowers Gallery in New York, where Smith has lived for more than half a century to gather a series of 30 paintings from across Smith’s career. The exhibition entitled Richard Smith: Reunion is on until Sunday 5 June and click here for information on the show. Read Laura’s interview with Wallpaper Magazine here.



MA Communication Design student, Kathrina Wainstok, and BA Photography graduate, Sam Holden, win NUA Brainchild 2016 award for their ‘Tales’ magazine. Find out more.

Ruth Philo

Graduate exhibits in Paint Collective Exhibition

MA Fine Art graduate Ruth Philo exhibits new work in Paint Collective: Ways of Seeing at the Boat House Gallery, Flatford an exhibition opening on Saturday 5 March. The title of the show is taken from John Berger’s book Ways of Seeing which changed the way people think about painting and is still relevant when looking at contemporary painting today. The exhibition brings together the work of 10 members of Paint Collective, a group of painters based in the Colchester area. It explores their different ways of looking, seeing and relating to the world, moments traced through line, gesture, colour, the marks of the painter.


MA Student curates work for Ipswich Museum Exhibition

MA Fine Art student Sarah Sabin has created response work to an exhibition which celebrates 135 years of art and science at Ipswich Museum. The exhibition, entitled ‘Art:Science:Life’ at Ipswich School Gallery, features work by the School’s Artist in Residence Lucy Lyons and Sarah plus 6 other artists were invited to make small scale responses to an object of their choice from the Ipswich Museum archival displays. Art: Science: Life is open until Sunday 29th May.


MA Fine Art Graduate Interviewed by Aesthetica Magazine

MA Fine Art graduate Sarah Smith was longlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize in 2015 for her image As the Crow Flies (pictured). As the 2016 prize approaches Sarah was recently interviewed about her practice and the inspiration behind her work. Read Sarah’s interview here.

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MA Photography Lecturer exhibits at Unexpected

NUA BA and MA Photography Senior Lecturer James Cant is exhibiting in Unexpected:Continuing Narratives of Identity & Migration alongside major international artists. The exhibition, in collaboration with Counterpoints Arts, features work by Frank Auerbach, Behjat Omer Abdulla, Güler Ates and Ana Cvorovic. Unexpected opens on the 16th February and continues until the 24th April.(Image: Keith: Savanna-la-Mar, Jamaica to London 1959)


Student published in academic journal

MA Fine Art student Jed Hilton has had an article published in JAWS: Journal of Arts Writing by Students 1.2, published by Intellect. Jed’s article ‘Factory of the self’ argues that society is only understood through the language and techniques of the computer (which) has had a lasting effect on art and society’.

Henry Driver portrait by Denisa Ilie

Student selected for XL Catlin Art Guide

MA Fine Art student 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.”

Henry Driver Odyssey

Student exhibits in Aesthetica Exhibition

MA Fine Art student Henry Driver has been shortlisted for the global Aesthetica Art Prize and will be exhibiting in the prize’s exhibition in York from the 14 April till the 28 May. The selected piece ‘Odyssey’, an interactive video installation, was previously exhibited at Tate Liverpool for two weeks in 2014 for the Blueprint Festival. Henry said, “I am absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for the prize and would like to thank Leigh Evans from NUA’s Media Lab for his amazing help throughout the creation and development of this project.” Photograph by Benjamin Beauchamp.

Royal Design for Industry Awards 2015 at the Royal Society of Arts, London 26/11/15 Photo by Chris Lopez

Graduate wins prestigious RSA award

Graduate Kazz Morohashi (MA Communication Design, 2015) has been awarded the very prestigious RSA Howarth Award for her RSA project ‘Walkies!’. The Howarth Award, which is supported by Vice President of Industrial Design at Apple Richard Howarth, recognises participating students in the RSA Student Design Awards scheme who have demonstrated particular enthusiasm and commitment to the practice and breadth of design through their RSA project.

Demi Hopkins

Student collaborates in NYC show

Work by MA Photography student Demi Hopkins was displayed as part of If it works it’s obsolete, the first US solo show by British artist Michael Pybus, at the Vogt Gallery in New York. Demi photographed Pybus’s entire men’s and womenswear collection, created in collaboration with his sister Joanna Pybus, for a series of new campaign images which were enlarged to billboard scale for the installation. The show was open from 15 October – 14 November.


Graduate selected for Venice Biennale

MA Fine Art graduate Deborah Alexander exhibited at the 56th Venice Biennale. Her work was selected for ITALIA DOCET | Laboratorium, an open call show curated by Valentina Fasan and Ted Barr at Palazzo Barbarigo Minotto from 11 September to 31 October. Find out more about Deborah’s work.


Graduate paper selected for international conference

Kazz Morohashi (MA Communication Design 2015) has had a paper accepted for an international conference in Taipei, Taiwan. Inheriting the City: Advancing Understandings of Urban Heritage will take place in March 2016 and is organised by the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham in association with Taipei National University.

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‘Five women’ collects NUA gradate work

Five female postgraduate alumni exhibited their work at the Anteros Gallery in Norwich. ‘Five Women’ included work by Fine Art graduate Melissa Murray and Communication Design graduate Sara Alfaraj.


Graduate makes final 10 for EMERGENCY

MA Fine Art graduate Tim Simmons has been selected for EMERGENCY, a biennial open submission exhibition at Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth. Ten artists have been chosen from nearly 400 entries for inclusion in the group show, which will be open from 28 November 2015 until 11 January 2016. A winner will be chosen to receive the prize of a solo exhibition at aspex in 2017.

Krzysztof Fijalkowsi

Professorship awarded

A professorship has been awarded by Norwich University of the Arts (NUA): Krzysztof Fijalkowski, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art and a research supervisor at the University, has been awarded a Chair in Visual Culture for his distinguished career as an educator and researcher.


MA student selected to exhibit as Special guest artist

Congratulations to MA Fine Art student Henry Driver who was selected to exhibit at Firstsite Gallery as a special guest visual artist for the event Phantom. Henry exhibited multiple video and projection installations, which included Henry’s BA degree show work as well as new works developed recently while studying his MA course at NUA. Henry has also recently been shortlisted for the worldwide Fact & Channels 2015 Bursary Award. Find out more about Henry’s work via his website. Image credit Benjamin Beauchamp.


Graduate heads to Rio

MA Communication Design graduate (2015) Kazz Morohashi has been accepted onto an Arts and Humanities Research Council project on Social Change Through Creativity and Culture which will see her travel Rio de Janeiro for a 10-day Creative Lab. The project is part of a 5-year initiative funded by the Newton Fund to bring together academics, artists and creative practitioners from Brazil and the UK to initiate and collaborate on projects that directly address social challenges in Brazil specific contexts. Kazz is one of the five UK artists joining five UK academics who will be met by equivalent counterparts in Brazil. Find out more about this project.


Students and staff exhibit prints in China

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. BA Fine Art 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.”

Graduate to present paper in Ghent

Following his paper presentation at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands in June, MA Fine Art graduate (2015) Juan José Guerra has been invited to present his paper titled ‘The Third Milieu: Deleuze and the Universe of the Fixed Time-Space’ at the International Deleuze and Artistic Research Conference DARE 2015 in Ghent, Belgium in November.

EDP awards

Graduate wins community arts award

MA graduate (2004) Matt Reeve has been awarded the Eastern Daily Press People’s Choice Award, in recognition of his “amazing devotion to the promotion of art and enjoyment of creativity.” His recent work has included illustrating the children’s book Norwich: City of Dragons and creating three of Norwich’s GoGoDragons! sculptures which were on display this summer. Also nominated for the award was MA Curation graduate Alice Lee (2013).


Student receives BAFTA funding

MA Moving Image and Sound student Bradley Morgan Johnson has been awarded a further British Academy of Film and Television Arts scholarship to complete the second year of his (part-time) course. Bradley’s work can be viewed at www.bradleymj.com.

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Graduate exhibits at the Independent Artist Fair

MA Fine Art graduate Emma Cracknell has been selected to exhibit in The Independent Artist Fair which runs in conjunction with Frieze Art Fair. Emma is one of 80 contemporary artists selected to take part in the Fair which aims to provide an alternative and less commercial platform for emerging artists. The fair is open from 14 – 18 October at The Rag Factory, 16- 18 Henage Street London. For more information visit: www.tiaf-london.co.uk


Student given solo show

MA Fine Art student Gregory Hayman will present a solo show based on his final Masters project from NUA at The Link Gallery at The University of Winchester. My Journey with Anthony Blunt presents his research on how dishonour, deriving from feelings of disgust, shaped the reputation of a man whose life had been devoted to the study of art history. The show takes place from 15 September – 3 October. Visit Gregory’s website for more information.


Alumna selected for Jerwood Drawing Prize

Artist Ruth Philo (MA Fine Art, 2011) has been selected for the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2015 with her piece Darker Part of the Weather I. Ruth is one of 58 artists to have her work selected for the prestigious prize and her work will be exhibited at the Jerwood Space, London from 16 September – 25 October. The winner(s) will be announced on 15 September and the first prize is worth £8,000. The selection panel includes Dexter Dalwood, artist; Salima Hashmi, artist, curator and writer; and John-Paul Stonard, art historian. Ruth’s selection follows her inclusion in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2015, residency at To the Lighthouse in Bury St Edmunds and inclusion in the Lines for Agnes exhibition at The Crypt, St Marylebone Parish Church, London (1 September – 31 October).


Photography graduate picked as emerging artist for annual show

Graduate James Bell (MA Photography, 2014) has had work selected for inclusion in FreshFaced+WildEyed 2015, an annual exhibition dedicated to recognising and nurturing new talents hosted by The Photographers’ Gallery (Ramillies Street, London). James is among 25 emerging photographers and artists – all BA and MA graduates within the last year – selected through an open submission process by a judging panel of photography experts. James’s work is described as using portraiture to represent a vulnerable community: street hustlers and vendors in Barbados. FreshFaced+WildEyed was open from 16 June – 5 July. View more of James’s work.


Graduate solo show in search of elemental

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”.


Graduate to present exhibition of photography

MA graduate Katherine Mager (2008) is preparing to exhibit her photographic work in The Forum, Norwich later this month. This Is The Place presents an photos of the Magdalen Road in Norwich and the people who live and work there. Read a local press article about This Is The Place.

NUA graduate Lydia Bartlett, winner of the Bishops art prize 2015, poses next to wall

Students win £500 and £250 in Bishop’s Art Prize

MA Textile Design student Lydia Bartlett and MA Communication Design student Vasileios Manthopoulos have been named winners in the Bishop’s Art Prize 2015. Kazz Morohashi (MA Communication Design) and Sarah Smith (MA Fine Art) were also commended.


Another student selected for Futurescan conference

MA Textile Design student Edwina Hughes has had a research paper titled Does Vivienne Westwood’s view’ old forms spark new ideas’ hold true? accepted for the Futurescan 3: Intersecting Identities conference in Glasgow (11–12 November). Also presenting papers at the conference are fellow MA Textile Design student Lydia Bartlett and NUA Senior Lecturer Jill Rodgers.

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Student selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries

MA Fine Art student Tim Simmons has been selected for one of the UK’s most prestigious student art prizes: Bloomberg New Contemporaries. Tim’s work was selected from over 1,600 entries following two rigorous selection processes. The selection was made by Hurvin Anderson, Jessie Flood-Paddock and Simon Starling and will see Tim’s work exhibited nationally. Several of Tim’s photographs have been selected, work that he describes on his website as “exploring the themes that link our lives with the natural world” through a practice that “considers the constancy of the land, while simultaneously exploring the concept that landscape is the link between what we were and what we have become”.

Drawing by Dr Rob Hillier

Subject Leader in Hay Festival exhibition

A drawing by Communication Design Subject Leader Dr Rob Hillier is included in the ‘Pushing the envelope’ touring exhibition that featured at the House of Illustration in London, Hereford College of Arts and the Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts.


RSA Student Design Award win

MA Communication Design student Kazz Morohashi has been named as one of RSA Student Design Awards winner.

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Student to present paper at national conference

MA Textile Design student Lydia Bartlett has had a paper selected for Futurescan3: Intersecting Identities, the national conference of the Association of Fashion and Textile Courses. She will be joined at the conference by Senior Lecturer Jill Rodgers, who will also present a paper.

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Professor provides expert opinion on Tom and Jerry

Professor or Animation Education Suzi Hanna has contributed her thoughts on the technical challenges faced by animators in the 1970s and ’80s for an article about cultural icons Tom and Jerry on the Intel website. Read From 2D TV screens to Virtual Reality? The amazing technological adventures of Tom and Jerry.


Graduate presents paper at Netherlands conference

MA Fine Art graduate (2015) Juan José Guerra was selected to present a paper at the #4 Deleuze & Aesthetics annual conference at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands on 5 June. The paper, titled Drawing the forces of musical time and space: the smooth and the striated, concerns Juan’s practice and research into smooth-striated Deleuze and Boulez.


NUA portfolio to be published at Impact 9

The 2015 NUA International Print Portfolio will be published and exhibited at the Impact 9 International conference at The China Academy of Arts in Hangzhou on 22–26 September. The project is a collaborative portfolio of limited edition works produced in response to a broad theme in a 35cm x 25cm format which is produced to tie in with the IMPACT conferences (International Multi-disciplinary Printmaking, Artists, Concepts and Techniques).

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Alumni curate and exhibit in London Show

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.


National prize selects four Norwich artists for finals

Three students and one recent graduate have been named in the finals of a national prize for artists. James Quinn and Sarah Smith, who study MA Fine Art, are both in the five-strong shortlist in the Photography & Film category, which puts them in contention for a cash prize of £1,000, plus representation with DegreeArt.com and inclusion in a month long exhibition at DegreeArt gallery in London. Student Greg Hayman and recent graduate Sarah Foyster (also both MA Fine Art) have been named in the longlist for The People’s Choice Award. The announcements will be made at a gala show in London on 19 March. Read the full press release here.


Lecturer interviewed on US radio

MA Communication Design tutor Dr Rob Hillier has been interviewed on The Academic Minute about Sylexiad, his typeface that can help those afflicted with dyslexia. Dr Hillier has presented his research findings at numerous design institutions and conferences, including the Design Principles and Practices Conference at University of California, Los Angeles (2012) and the Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI)) Conference in Reykjavik (2011). Listen to The Academic Minute.

Canvas Painting by NUA graduate Tracy Leech-Williams

MA Fine Art student Tracy Leech-Williams has won the Wyss Foundation Painting Award, worth £1,000. Tracy has also been selected for the 45th Eastern Open at the King’s Lynn Arts Centre Trust. She will show Templates, a mixed media on canvas, among work by artists from five counties (Cambridgeshire, Essex, Suffolk, Hertfordshire and Norfolk).

Still from work by Tom Simmons

Student to show at MOSTYN Open

MA Fine Art student Tim Simmons has had his moving image work Timeline #2 selected for the MOSTYN Open 19. The exhibition, which will take place at the MOSTYN in Llandudno from 13 March – 5 July, 2015, invited work from a wide range of disciplines to be considered, from fine and applied arts to design, fashion and graphic communication. Artists were selected from across the UK as well as Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal and the USA.

Graduate shows in Madrid, Alicante and Bilbao

MA Fine Art graduate Verónica Domingo Alonso has participated in a series of shows in Spain since she completed her studies at NUA. Her final work produced for her MA Degree Show at NUA – In situ – has been selected by Propuestas 10 for a solo show in Alicante in September and is also being included in a group show alongside eight other artists (featured in this video). Verónica has also had four monoprints selected for New Talents Bilbao, a result of her participation in the International Print Festival last November. She was also selected for the XV Certamen de grabado José Caballero in Madrid last December.


The open west selects student’s work for South West audience

Student Tim Simmons (MA Fine Art) has had work selected for the open west 2015 at The Wilson in Cheltenham. The open west was established in 2007 as a not-for-profit organisation to provide the opportunity for UK and international artists to exhibit their work to a new audience in the South West. The exhibition will take place 16 May – 28 June.

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Students selected for MA show at Atkinson

The Atkinson Gallery in Millfield has selected work by MA Fine Art students Sarah Smith and Tim Simmons for its MA & Other Post Graduates 2015 show, which will take place 23 February – 29 March 2015. Sarah has also been longlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize, which will provide her with a page in the Aesthetica Art Prize 2015: 100 Contemporary Artists publication, and the Signature Art Prize.


Student shows work at Shoreditch gallery show

MA Fine Art student Claire Nelmes exhibited her work at the Espacio Gallery in Shoreditch, London as part of the Anti Gallery Gallery Show. Instigated by the Degrees of Freedom artist collective, the show took place 8 – 29 January. Claire set up a collective painting space to encourage visitors to interact with canvas.

MId Point

Alumni selected for Emerging Artist Exhibition

Congratulations to 2014 MA Fine Art graduate Sarah Foyster who has been selected by Harlow Arts Trust to exhibit her work in the exhibition ‘Mid Point’ along with just two other artists. The exhibition takes place from 8 January – 6 February in the Gibberd Gallery, Harlow Essex, where Sarah will be exhibiting a series of 14 paintings, she will also take part in an artists talk. For more information visit the Gibberd Gallery website.

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MA Leader on editorial board

MA Leader Paul Fieldsend-Danks has been selected onto the Editorial Board for a new Journal to be published by Intellect books titled Drawing: Research, Theory and Practice.


Alumni to exhibit at Forum

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.


Graduate selected for Art in Miniature show

Georgia Dodson (MA Fine Art 2012) 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.


Student exhibits in The Workshop

Andrea Girling (MA Fine Art) 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.

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New MA Games course to launch

Norwich University of the Arts, which already offers a BA in Games Art and Design that received a 94% satisfaction rating from graduates this year, has announced a new Masters degree course: MA Games. The full- or part-time course will offer a groundbreaking opportunity to study a Masters Degree, working in collaboration with a professional studio and will begin in September 2015, with applications now open. Read the full press release.


Graduate selected for MAstars

MA Fine Art graduate Emma Lee Cracknell has been selected to be featured on MAstars, a platform for promoting selected artists to the art community presented by Axisweb. View Emma’s profile on Axisweb.


Graduate opens gallery

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 shortlisted for ArtGemini Prize

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.

Veronica Alonso

Graduate in the running for Griffin Art Prize

MA Fine Art graduate Verónica Domingo Alonso has had her work included in the longlist for the Griffin Art Prize 2014 Iberia. View the full list of artists on the Griffin Art Prize website.


Graduate’s collaboration dates announced

A collaboration involving MA Fine Art graduate (2011) Barbara Dougan will be showcased at three events during the Autumn. Barbara’s Arts Council England and a-n funded collaborations with choreographer Darren Ellis and dancer Hannah Kidd will include films, live art and dance presented at events at an open studio in Bury St Edmunds (September), at METAL in Peterborough (November) and at The Place in London (December). Visit Barbara’s website for more information.


MA Leader’s work appears in Drawology exhibition

MA Leader Paul Fieldsend-Danks is participating in a show at the Lanchester Gallery at Coventry University. His work ‘Colony’ (pictured) appears in ‘Drawology’ which explores how drawing has the ability to record both its own making and the movement of the thoughts and body of the drawer and is open until 26 October.


Graduates organise gallery show

Seven MA graduates from NUA are displaying their work in Masters 2014, an exhibition at The Fisher Gallery, Bungay. The event continues until 28 September.

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MA student receives BAFTA scholarship

MA Moving Image and Sound student Bradley Johnson has been named as one of 21 students to receive funding through the British Academy of Film and Television Arts scholarship programmes. Bradley will receive £3,000 towards studying at NUA. Bradley’s work can be viewed at www.bradleymj.com.

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NUA opens MA Degree Show to public

A free public exhibition of artworks, textile designs, animated/film shorts, fashion concepts, photographs and communication graphics will opens in Norwich on Friday 5 September. The MA Degree Show 2014 is presented by postgraduate students at Norwich University of the Arts (NUA), who display their final projects for public view as they complete their Master’s degrees. Find out more about the MA Degree Show 2014.

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Fine Art graduate exhibits at BilbaoArte

Veronica Domingo Alonso (MA Fine Art) is participating in a joint show with artist Josette Dacosta at BilbaoArte. Her work, which is described as redesigning the aesthetics of the landscape from an intimate, personal view informed by knowledge of calligraphy and Chinese art, drawing and painting, is on display from 28 August – 2 September.

Sarah Foyster

MA Fine Art Student selected for FloatArt 14

MA Fine Art student Sarah Foyster has successfully reached the final of FloatArt 14 and will exhibit work from her MA project – ‘the Anxious Uncanny’ for exhibition at The Bargehouse, Oxo Tower, Southbank, London on 24 – 28 September 2014. You can also view the selected work that will be shown by visiting the MA Degree Show which opens on Friday 5 September in the Guntons Building, NUA Campus.

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