As we head into June the number of openings gathers pace, and here we highlight 16 shows opening over the next seven days in Scotland, Wales and England:
City of Glasgow College
An exhibition of work from City of Glasgow’s BA (Hons) Contemporary Art Practice students. Includes painting, printmaking, photography, film, performance, sound, installation and more. There will also be a pop-up shop where artworks and curios will be available for purchase, plus talks by the exhibiting artists on their processes and concepts.
25 May – 1 June, Riverside Campus, 21 Thistle Street, Glasgow, G5 9XB.
Liverpool School of Art and Design, Liverpool John Moores University
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the John Lennon Art and Design Building is hosting new work by graduating students in areas including: Architecture, Fashion Design, Fashion Communication, Fine Art, Graphic Design and Illustration. The exhibition is titled ‘where do you see yourself 10 years from now?’, with the public asked to contribute their own answers via www.10yearsfromnow.co.uk. Responses are being exhibited during the show.
26 May – 8 June, John Lennon Art and Design Building, 2 Duckinfield Street, Liverpool, L3 5RD.
Liverpool Hope University
Featuring work from Liverpool Hope University’s Fine and Applied Arts departments, this show includes drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, textiles, fine metals, print and ceramics.
26 May – 4 June, Hope Park, Liverpool, L16 9JD.
Wrexham Glyndwr University
Wrexham Glyndwr University’s broad-ranging degree show features work from various courses, including: Animation, Visual Effects & Games Art, Applied Arts, Film & Photography, Fine Art, Graphic Design & Multimedia, Illustration, Graphic Novels & Children’s Publishing.
PV 25 May, 4-15 June, School of Creative Arts, Wrexham Glyndwr University, 49 Regent Street, Wrexham, LL11 1PF.
Cardiff School of Art and Design
Another bumper exhibition featuring work by students from a range of courses, including: Architectural Design and Technology, Artist Designer: Maker, Ceramics, Fine Art, Graphic Communication, Illustration, International Design, Photographic Practice, Product Design and Textiles.
26 May – 1 June, Llandaff Campus, Western Avenue, Cardiff, CF5 2YB.
Canterbury Christ Church University
Graduating students from Canterbury Christ Church University’s art degree programme showcase their work in the Sidney Cooper gallery and painting studios. Work includes painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, film, photography and digital art.
28 May – 11 June, North Holmes Road, Canterbury, CT1 1QU.
Hull School of Art and Design
This exhibition showcases work by artists and designers across Fashion, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Textiles, Architecture, Film-making, Games Design, Journalism and Digital Media and Photography.
1-6 June, Brodrick Gallery, Hull School of Art & Design, Wilberforce Drive, Hull, HU1 3DG.
Nottingham Trent University
2018 marks 175 years of art and design education at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), which was established with the opening of the Nottingham Government School of Design in 1843. There’s a lot to see – this year’s show features the work of just over 1,300 graduates.
PV 1 June, 2-10 June, 50 Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, NG1 4FQ.
University of Cumbria
An exhibition of work by final-year students across various disciplines, including: FdA Art of Games Design; BA (Hons) Adventure Media, Digital Arts, Film & Television Production, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Production, and Wildlife Media.
2-8 June, Fusehill Street, Carlisle, CA1 2HH.
Glasgow School of Art
Glasgow School of Art’s annual undergraduate degree show features work from graduating students across the School of Design, School of Fine Art, Innovation School and the Mackintosh School of Architecture. Also running concurrently is the annual Master of Fine Art (MFA) Degree Show at The Glue Factory.
2-8 June, 167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G3 6RQ.
Edinburgh College of Art and Design, University of Edinburgh
Over the course of nine days, Edinburgh College of Art will showcase the work of graduating students, the majority of whom are completing undergraduate degrees. This includes students from Art, Design, and ESALA (Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture). The show will conclude with a closing concert from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in the Reid Concert Hall.
2-10 June, 74 Hunter Building, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9DF.
University of Brighton
For its degree show, the University of Brighton’s Grand Parade campus becomes a huge exhibition space, showcasing emerging talent from its arts, design, architecture and media students.
PV 1 June, 2-10 June, 58–67 Grand Parade, BN2 0JY.
University of Derby
Offering visitors an opportunity to experience a range of emerging contemporary art and design practices from its final-year students, the University of Derby’s degree show explores ‘the issues and subjects of today’s world’ whilst also looking ahead and ‘predicting and setting the trends of tomorrow’.
2-13 June, Kedleston Road, Derby, DE22 1GB.
This show brings together the work of over 60 young artists at the culmination of four-year study on Newcastle University’s BA in Fine Art. The exhibition displays a diverse set of practices and media including painting, new media, film, video, sculpture, photography, print, sound, performance and installation.
PV 1 June, 2-16 June, Northern Stage, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 7RU.
Leeds School of Art, Architecture and Design, Leeds Beckett University
Featuring a variety of work from a range of courses, including Fine Art, Graphic Arts and Design and Architecture, this year’s Leeds Beckett University degree show – entitled ‘Beautiful Thinking’ – aims to ‘challenge the conventions of art and design practices and theories’.
PV 1 June, 2-18 June, City Campus, Leeds, LS1 3HE.
Kingston School of Art, Kingston University
Kingston School of Art’s degree show features work from various courses, including: Graphic Design, Interior Design, Fashion, Graduate Diploma Creative Practice.
PV 2 June, 3 – 8 June, Avionics building, Portland Road, KT1 2SH.
Just published: a-n Degree Shows Guide 2018
New site resource
The magazine-style guide is hosted on a brand new digital resource at www.a-n.co.uk/degree-shows with additional features including:
- An interactive map and expanded listings to help you find a show near you
- Longer reads including an interview with Goldsmiths graduate Rehana Zaman in which she discusses the importance of people from less privileged communities having access to art education
- Further degree shows insights from this year’s graduating students
- All the latest news and views from the degree shows as they happen including highlights of a-n Instagram takeover coverage
- New graduate resources. These will be added as degree season progresses and our focus shifts to supporting graduating students to sustain practice and explore options after study.
a-n Degree Shows Guide 2018 is available on a-n.co.uk/degree-shows alongside more news, views and pictures from this year’s shows.
You can view on Issuu here or join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #andegrees18.
1. Ursula Illett preparing for degree show. Edinburgh College of Art
2. NTU BA (Hons) Fine Art Degree Show 2017