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Degree Shows 2019: new shows opening this week

This week sees a bumper batch of degree shows opening as we head into the busiest period for final-year exhibitions. So, good luck to all the students involved, including painters Jessie Davies and Aidan Stephen, both of which are profiled […]

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Degree shows 2019: opening this week

“Don’t follow trends, they’ll be over before the show opens.” That’s the advice from independent curator Lucy Day to students preparing for their degree shows. Day is one of five visual art professionals quoted in our What makes a great degree […]

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What makes a great degree show?: Magnus Quaife

“Not simply mirroring their tutors’ thinking” Primarily it is the students and of course the work that they exhibit. Everything they learn up to that point filters in to the level of ambition and the quality of the work made. […]

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What makes a great degree show?: Stephen Paige

“The work should not attempt to be a complete answer, how can it be?” Degree shows are always a tricky balance for the soon to be graduate student and burgeoning artist. They operate as multiple mini solo shows clumped together, […]

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What makes a great degree show?: Lucy Day

“Don’t follow trends, they’ll be over before the show opens” Treat your degree show like the professional opportunity that it is, albeit with a safety net. Make the signage clear and consistent and if you can have a card or […]

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What makes a great degree show?: Dr Daniel Pryde-Jarman

“The most exciting degree shows are often underpinned by diversity” The degree show is a key moment in the calendar to celebrate students’ achievement, and the climax of years of hard work in the development of individual and collaborative practices. […]

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What makes a great degree show?: Benedict Carpenter

“There is no such thing as a ‘bad degree show’” Each individual degree show – whether that is in fine art or any other creative discipline – represents several years of experimentation, risk, failure, success and growth. Every show is […]

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a-n Degree Shows Guide 2019 published

This year’s just-published guide includes details of degree shows across the UK, an extensive interview with London-based artist Larry Achiampong – a graduate of the University of Westminster and Slade School of Fine Art – plus insights from graduating students, […]

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Next steps: Unn Devik, graduate fellow at Spike Island, Bristol

What Happens When The Degree Show’s Over? Ellen Wilkinson speaks to emerging artists who have benefited from schemes in Bristol, Wakefield and London that, by subsidising studio space and providing bursaries and professional development opportunities, support early-career artists to take their next steps.

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Larry Achiampong: “Success is learning to adapt to your environment”

London-based artist Larry Achiampong uses film, sculpture and performance to create work that draws on his own Ghanaian heritage, colonial history, and his experience of growing up in Britain. Here Achiampong discusses the cultural and class-based issues he experienced in education, the impact of his degree on his current practice, and how his education has also influenced how he approaches teaching.

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Class of 2019: Olivia Jones

BA (Hons) Fine Art, Plymouth College of Art “As my course has progressed my work has become more ambitious. I’ve been encouraged to push myself, to experiment with scale and use more challenging mediums. One of the reasons I chose […]

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Class of 2019: Gary Mitchell

BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting, University Centre St Helens “At the start of my course my paintings tended to be exact imitations of the photographs from which I worked, and my reasons for painting them were superficial. I was too […]

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Class of 2019: Evie Morris

BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of Gloucestershire “In my first year I was introduced to etching and printmaking, which have given me a new visual language and allow me to spend time in the process of making. I have developed […]

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Class of 2019: Emily Gardner

BA (Hons) Fine Art, Warwickshire College “When I started the course I really had no idea about where my work would go or what I wanted to do. I began by simply discussing ideas about art and the viewer, using […]

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Class of 2019: Parham Salimy

BA (Hons) Fine Art, Manchester School of Art “When I arrived at Manchester School of Art I had a very commercial and narrow understanding of what an artist does, but the tutors, artist talks and programme here taught me alternative […]

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Class of 2019: Jacob Hoffman

BA (Hons) Fine Art, Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen “Since my first year I have developed a much clearer understanding of my interests and the sort of work I want to make. Looking back on the last three and a […]

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Class of 2019: Felicity Beaumont

BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of Suffolk “During my time at university my painting practice has developed enormously. Initially result-based and focused on representational works, now there’s an incredible interest in process, materiality and the in-depth exploration of a subject […]

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Class of 2019: Jessie Davies

BA (Hons) Fine Art, Hull School of Art and Design “My work has become more complex, multi-layered and informed. Experimentation and risk taking have improved my skills. I have a much greater understanding of critical/analytical perspectives in visual culture which […]

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Class of 2019: Aidan Stephen

BA (Hons) Fine Art, Edinburgh College of Art “My work has changed in the time I’ve been doing my course due to the education I never had where art is concerned. I was in my 40s when I started the […]

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Class of 2019: Aaisha Ali

BA (Hons) Glass and Ceramics, University of Sunderland “At school up to A Level my work was very literal, with no freedom to create what I am passionate about. Much of my work included a base shape, then the surface […]

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