“I used to paint pictures and now I paint images,” says Bath School of Art and Design fine art student Oliver Guyon in this year’s a-n Degree Shows Guide.

Guyon is one of 10 final-year students who talk about their work in the guide, and this week sees the opening of Guyon’s degree show in the famous spa town.

In fact it’s the busiest week yet of the degree show season with 17 exhibitions selected from the a-n Degree Shows Guide 2017 listings, and including shows in Cambridge, Glasgow, Manchester, Sheffield, Plymouth, and the West Midlands.

“My degree show… will be a chance to display my most coherent work to date within a professional setting,” adds Guyon. “Hopefully, it will be a springboard.”

Blackpool and the Fylde College
The Creative Arts and Digital Industries degree show takes place at Media City, Salford, and features BA graduates from Fine art and professional practice, Fashion Design, Photography, Digital Production and Film Making and Creative Illustration.
8-11 June, www.blackpool.ac.uk, @b_and_fc

Arts University Bournemouth
Featuring work by final-year students on all degree courses across Arts University Bournemouth, with a private view on 8 June.
9-17 June, aub.ac.uk,[email protected]

Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University
Titled ‘The Bee’s Knees’, Cambridge School of Art’s show takes place in the Ruskin Gallery and surrounding studios.
9-17 June, cambridgeschoolofart.com[email protected]

University of Salford
Final-year showcase of student work across art, design, digital, media and architecture taking place in the university’s New Adelphi building and previewing on 8 June (6-9pm).
9-15 June, www.salford.ac.uk/create, @createatsalford

University of Sunderland
The university’s Glass and Ceramics students show their work at the National Glass Centre (preview 9 June, 5-9pm), with Advertising, Animation, Fashion, Fine Art, Graphics, Illustration and Photography following at the university’s City Campus with their preview 16 June, 5-9pm.
Glass and ceramics, 10-15 June Art; Fine Art, etc, 17-22 June, www.sunderland.ac.uk

Plymouth College of Art
Showcasing work from students across the college’s Undergraduate and Foundation Diploma in Art & Design programmes, Plymouth College of Art’s ‘Breaking Through’ show bills itself as being about ‘risk-taking and convention breaking’.
9-26 June www.plymouthart.ac.uk, @plymouthart

Bath School of Art and Design
Final-year students from across the School of Art and Design will be showing their work – private view 9 June – among them Fine Art undergraduate Oliver Guyon who is one of ten students whose work is featured in the a-n Degree Shows Guide 2017.
10-15 June, www.bathspa.ac.uk/art-and- design,[email protected]

Wolverhampton School of Art
Featuring work from over 300 students across 16 BA (Hons) and BDes (Hons) courses including the areas of applied arts, digital media, fine art, illustration, photography, product design and more. Keep an eye out for the work of Fine Art graduate Rebecca Collins, who is featured in this year’s a-n Degree Shows Guide.
10-21 June, www.wlv.ac.uk

University of Central Lancashire
Titled ’45 Reasons’, the 45 Fine Art and Drawing & Image making students at the University of Central Lancashire present work across the three floors of the Hanover Building, with the preview on 9 June from 4.30-8pm.
10-16 June, www.facebook.com/ events/262309157558265, @Hanover_Project

Loughborough University
Featuring work by final-year fine art, graphic communication and illustration, and textiles students, plus an exhibition by foundation art and design students. Private view 9 June, 6-9pm.
10-18 June, www.lboro.ac.uk, @LboroAED

University of Plymouth
The university’s ‘HOT 17’ degree show features work from final-year students studying architecture, art and design.
10-16 June, www.plymouth.ac.uk, @PlymUniArtsHum

University of Northampton
The university’s ‘Fresh’ degree show presents work at the Avenue Campus by final-year students from the Faculties of Arts, Science and Technology.
10-16 June, www.northampton.ac.uk, @UniNorthants

Hereford College of Arts
The ‘Summer Show’ presents work by graduates from courses including artist blacksmithing, contemporary design crafts, fine art, jewellery design and photography.
10-17 June, www.hca.ac.uk/summershow, @HerefordArtsCol

Glasgow School of Art
With undergraduate and postgraduate shows across four venues in the city – architecture and design in the Bourdon Building and Reid Building; Fine Art in the Tontine Building; MFA at The Glue Factory – GSA presents Scotland’s biggest collection of degree shows. The MFA private view is tonight (7 June), with the undergraduate previews taking place on 8 June.
BA, 10-17 June: MFA, 8-18 June, www.gsa.ac.uk,[email protected]

Manchester School of Art
Taking place in the Benzie, Grosvenor and Chatham buildings on the Manchester Metropolitan University All Saints Campus, with private view 9 June, 5.30-9pm.
10-21 June, degreeshow.mmu.ac.uk, @McrSchArt

Sheffield Institute of Arts, Sheffield Hallam University
With exhibitions at Sheffield Institute of Arts, Cantor Building, Hallam Hall and Bloc Studios and including students of fine art, design, digital media production, jewellery, photography and more. Private view is on 9 June.
10-23 June, www4.shu.ac.uk/sia/, @SIAgallery

Birmingham School of Art, Birmingham City University
Part of BCU’s ‘Inspired’ festival and including degree shows from the schools of art, visual communication, fashion and textiles, and jewellery.
12-17 June, www.bcu.ac.uk, @BCU_Arts

Images:
1. Paisley Diamond, BA Fine Art Photography, 2017, Glasgow School of Art. Photo: Lesley Booth
2. Oliver Guyon, English Mars Red, 2017, BA Fine Art, Bath  School of Art and Design, Bath Spa University. Courtesy: Oliver Guyon
3. Rebecca Collins, Plinth, 2017, BA Fine Art, Wolverhampton School of Art. Courtesy: Rebecca Collins

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