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Be inspired by the breadth and unique insight of Norwich’s creative postgraduate community

A free public exhibition of artworks, textile designs, animated/film shorts, fashion concepts, photographs and communication graphics will open 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.

The show coincides with an exhibition of post-war British art from the Arts Council Collection in the Gallery at NUA (also free entry to the public on St Georges Street), which has been curated by students of MA Curation.

The work on show includes an arresting series of pictures of former military sites created through an innovative use of laser engraving applied to wood by Greg Thurling; a poster series of fascinating investigations of the structure of the grid by Redwan Elharrak; and Emma Smith’s range of textile pattern designs inspired by the re-gentrified residential areas of the Norwich riverside development.

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– Grid by MA Communication Design student Redwan Elharrak

Fashionistas will be intrigued by Kate Cooper’s set of mixed media artefacts inspired by miniatures from the late 18th century; while film fans will enjoy Joshua Carver’s Mary No More, a short narrative art-house film partly inspired by Japanese cinema which tells a story of simultaneous coming-of-age and childhood regression.

MA Photography student James Bell, who presents a series of photographs of the bar owners, street vendors and hustlers of Barbados, says: “The degree show is a great opportunity for MA students to showcase their visual practice to creative industry specialists and the wider public.”

The innovative and sometimes challenging work on show has been created by postgraduate students from the fields of Fine Art, Communication Design, Photography, Moving Image and Sound, Fashion and Textile Design.

Paul Fieldsend-Danks, MA Leader at NUA, says: “The MA Degree Show has moved into NUA’s Guntons building this year and the space has leant itself to the creation of a show which truly reflects the diversity and ambition of the University’s taught postgraduate students. There is a fascinating array of creative works being produced by our postgraduate community and the show presents the public with an opportunity to come and be inspired by its breadth and unique insight.”

The MA Degree Show is based in NUA’s Guntons Building on St Georges Street and continues until Wednesday 10 September. Entry is free from 11am and the show closes at 7pm weekdays, 6pm on Saturday and 4pm on Sunday, with last entry 30 minutes prior to closing. The Gallery exhibition is titled Afteryears: Reflections on British Art 1946-52 and is open until Saturday 13 September, 12pm to 5pm (closed Sunday and Monday). An online catalogue of the student work on display can be viewed at www.nua.ac.uk/madegreeshow.

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