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Postgraduate art, design and media work goes on public display at NUA

The riverside campus building of Norwich University of the Arts on St Georges Street is opening to the public this Friday (30 August) for a free exhibition of art, design and media work by its postgraduate students.

The show will display the final creative works by this year’s students from the University’s MA courses in Fine Art, Communication Design, Moving Image and Sound, Curation and Textile Design. Innovative and challenging works will include a series of paintings examining the physical changes of advancing middle age, a rug created through a process described as “painting with wool” and a comedic mock-public information video from an alternate reality North Korea-esque Norfolk.


MA Fine Art work by Sam Robbins

‘MA Moving Image and Sound student Jamie Gledhill will be showing ‘Mirror Noise’, an interactive webcam installation that uses movement detection technology to incorporate the viewer’s body movements into an immersive audiovisual scene. “I wanted to present a series of playful experiments,” says Jamie. “The interaction is via webcam and you are invited to use your own body as an audiovisual interface. You can actively play with Mirror Noise or you can become a part of the work simply by being in the exhibition space. I’ll certainly be interested to see how the piece works in the context of the NUA MA Degree Show.”

Visitors will also be able to interact with the work of MA Communication Design student Mark Amos, who has erected a ‘Wheel of Fortune’-style spinning wheel that expresses the emotional meaning of colour. “This is the show for us, the most important part of our education,” says Mark. “I came into the MA as a commercial designer and will graduate with a new way of seeing design. I have become a critical designer and see my own practice much more in terms of how it interacts socially. Completing this course has given me a taste for showing my work and I will seek to do more museum, exhibition and gallery work.”

The MA Degree Show is held alongside an exhibition of work from the Arts Council Collection curated by NUA MA Curation students in the University’s gallery, also on St Georges Street. The exhibition, titled ‘For What It’s Worth: Perceptions of Value in Contemporary Art’, includes works by Damien Hirst, Grayson Perry and Rachel Whiteread.

Paul Fieldsend-Danks, MA Leader at NUA, says: “The variety and high standard of work on display at this year’s MA Degree Show reflects the diversity and ambition of the University’s taught postgraduate students. The exhibition covers a broad expanse of art, design, media and curatorial practice and we encourage the public to take this opportunity to view some of the fascinating work being produced by our creative community in the heart of the city centre.”

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MA Communication Design work by Graeme Davis

Spinning wheel installation

MA Communication Design work by Mark Amos

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