“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 show feature in the a-n Degree Shows Guide 2019.

She adds: “Treat your degree show like the professional opportunity that it is, albeit with a safety net. Be present, be engaged and be prepared to talk about your work.”

Evie Morris, whose work is pictured above, is among the 10 emerging artists offering a final-year student’s point of view in the guide.

Speaking in our Class of 2019 feature, the University of Gloucestershire graduate says: “I’m looking forward to seeing my works in the space and to working with my peers to curate a show that exhibits our work to its full potential.”

This week’s degree shows with plenty of potential are:

Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London
‘Show One’ at Central Saint Martins presents work by final-year arts students from BA Fine Art, MA Fine Art, MA Photography and MA Art and Science.
22-26 May 2019, 1 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London, N1C 4AA.

City of Glasgow College
A small, intimate degree show of new work by Contemporary Art Practice and Photography students. City of Glasgow College is the only college in Scotland to run a Fine Art degree and this young, energetic programme encourages a multi-disciplinary approach. Expect painting, printmaking, ceramics, textiles, sculpture, digital art and more, all exhibited within the college’s newly-built campus on the city’s Cathedral Street.
PV 23 May, 24-31 May 2019, City of Glasgow College, City Campus, 190 Cathedral Street, Glasgow, G4 0RF.

Kingston School of Art: Penryhn Road
Kingston’s Foundation Studies in Art and Design graduation show displays work by graduating foundation students who have spent the past year working in four main areas of study: Communication Design, 3D Design, Fashion and Fine Art.
24 May – 5 June 2019, Penryhn Road, Tower Block, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2EE.

Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool School of Art and Design.
Titled ‘The End is Nigh’, the Liverpool School of Art and Design degree show showcases work by students graduating from Architecture, Art in Science, Exhibition Studies, Fashion, Fine Art, Graphic Design & Illustration, and History of Art.
PV 24 May, 25 May – 7 June 2019, John Lennon Art & Design Building, 2 Duckinfield Street, Liverpool, L3 5RD.

Our first Degree Shows 2019 Instagram takeover:

Artist and a-n Board member Dan Thompson has been posting ‪from the University of Kent’s ‘Sweet FA’ Fine Art show, which is sadly the final show before the course closes.

Our next Degree Shows 2019 Instagram Takeover takes place on Tuesday 21 May with FK McLoone posting from the show at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in Dundee, plus later this week Richard Taylor will be sharing his posts from City of Glasgow College. Be sure to follow @anartistsinfo and #andegrees19 to keep up with the latest posts and news.

a-n Degree Shows Guide 2019:

a-n Degree Shows Guide 2019 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 #andegrees19.

1. Work by a Liverpool John Moores University final-year student 2019.
2. Evie Morris, Vantage Point, 15x25cm, Etching, 2019.
3. Work by a Liverpool John Moores University final-year student 2019.

More on a-n.co.uk:

Venice Biennale 2019: ‘May You Live In Interesting Times’ puts emphasis on borders, identity and the environment


2019-20 Mark Tanner Sculpture Award: Olivia Bax wins £8,000 prize for emerging artists

A Q&A with… Sean Edwards, artist representing Wales at the 2019 Venice Biennale