Final-year shows opening for the week commencing 7 May 2018 including University of Chichester, Coventry University, Oxford Brookes University, Teesside University and Writtle School of Design.

The conceptual artist Ryan Gander sums up his degree show thus: “My strongest memory of my degree show is the smell of emulsion, which I always equated with enthusiasm.

“Even now when I go into someone’s flat and they’ve had it decorated, that smell is one of excitement and optimism, and an unjaded view of reality, which maybe when you get to 40 you tend to lose.”

Gander is interviewed for the a-n Degree Shows Guide 2018, and with the guide and a new dedicated website published last week, degree shows are now beginning to open across the UK.

For the next two months we’ll be providing a weekly pick of new degree shows, selected from the a-n Degree Shows Guide 2018 listings.

As London-based artist Rehana Zaman says on “A degree show can be a really stressful experience. But there’s something really positive about people helping each other out and seeing each other’s work come together.”

We’re sure you’ll find plenty of enthusiasm and positive energy at this week’s selected degree shows, which are:

University of Chichester
This show features 26 of the University of Chichester’s graduating Fine Art students exhibiting work including painting, drawing, sculpture, textiles, printmaking, installation, photography and video.
PV 10 May, 11-17 May, artOne, Bishop Otter Campus, College Lane, Chichester, PO19 6PE.

Coventry University
Under the title ‘the Collective at Coventry Festival’, students from the School of Art & Design, School of Humanities and School of Media & Performing Arts will exhibit and perform their work in Coventry University and across the city. On show will be work by a variety of designers, artists, performers, photographers, filmmakers and writers through a range of events, including an Industry Night for potential employers and a Friends and Family Celebration Evening.
10-26 May 2018, Coventry University, Priory St, Coventry, CV1 5FB.

Oxford Brookes University
This show by over 30 of Oxford Brookes final year students is titled ‘Hoi Polloi’, which roughly translates to ‘the masses’ or ‘the common people’. It covers a range of themes in a variety of mediums, from figurative painting and embroidery to live performance and sound art that will ‘reveal the deep secrets and complex theories on what it means to be human’.
12-17 May, The Glass Tank, Abercrombie, Headington Campus, Oxford, OX3 0BP.

Teesside University
Titled ’31 Collective’ and presented across three buildings at Teesside University, this year’s final-year Fine Art students include Emily Chapman whose work (pictured top) explores “an interest in identity and the human body”. She says in the a-n Degree Shows Guide 2018 that she hopes the show will “demonstrate my ability to work with a variety of mediums”.
PV 15 May, 14-25 May, Athena, Constantine and Waterhouse Buildings, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, TS1 3BX.

Writtle School of Design
Taking place in Writtle’s design studios, which are located in a beautiful 220 hectare estate, this year’s degree show features work by students from not only the college’s Art & Design courses but also its Landscape Architecture & Garden Design and Professional Floristry courses.
PV 16 May, 17-20 May, Writtle University College, Lordship Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 3RR.

1. Emily Chapman, Untitled, 2018, Teesside University, Fine Art final-year student, 2018. Courtesy: the artist