As we reach the end of the degree shows season, this week’s selection from the a-n Degree Shows Guide 2019 online listings includes shows in Norwich, Chichester and London.
As part of the a-n Degree Shows Guide 2019, we asked various artists, curators and lecturers ‘what makes a great degree show?’.
Benedict Carpenter, principal lecturer on BA (Hons) at Nottingham Trent University, said: “There is no such thing as a bad degree show. But a really good degree show is exciting and unpredictable. It captures the difference and community of a really good course.”
When asked what she looks for in a degree show, Lucy Day, independent curator, director and curator at A Woman’s Place Project CIC, commented: “Push your practice and take risks. We are looking for fresh ideas and approaches, works that ask something more of us…”
She added: “Don’t follow trends. They’ll be over before the show opens.”
Norwich University of the Arts
Featured in Shutterhub’s top Degree Shows to see in 2017, this event features a range of work across different media, including: painting, illustration, fashion garments and textile patterns, architectural drawing and models, sculpture, photography, short film and animation, graphic design work, branding and marketing concepts, visual effects, and video games.
25 June – 3 July 2019, Francis House, 3-7 Redwell Street, Norwich, NR2 4SN.
City & Guilds of London Art School Degree Show 2019
An exhibition of final-year work by graduating students from BA (Hons) Fine Art, BA (Hons) Conservation Studies and BA (Hons) Historic Carving. Set in the school’s historic grounds on Kennington Park Road, a range of fine art, wood and stone carving and conservation projects will be on display.
Preview 25 June, 26-30 June 2019, 124 Kennington Park Road, London, SE11 4DJ.
Show 2019, Royal College of Art, London
The Royal College of Art graduate show takes place simultaneously across a variety of internal and external venues. It offers visitors the opportunity to experience a variety of emerging contemporary art and design practices, with over 800 art and design postgraduate students presenting work. Much of the work is for sale or commission, ranging from paintings to prints, glassware to jewellery and furniture to textiles.
29 June – 7 July 2019, Darwin and Stevens Buildings, Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2EU; Royal College of Art Hester Road/Howie Street, London, SW11 3AN; The Workshop, 26 Lambeth High Street, London, SE1 7AG.
The Art Academy
The Art Academy’s two annual Graduate Show exhibitions feature work by artists who have studied Fine Art Diploma, Contemporary Portraiture Diploma, Fine Art Foundation, Higher Certificate, and Fine Art Certificate.
3-14 July 2019, Former Newington Library, 155 Walworth Road, London, SE17 1RS.
West Dean Summer Show 2019
This exhibition showcases original work by emerging artists studying for their Diploma in Art and Contemporary Crafts, Graduate Diploma and MFA qualifications. Held in the college’s Edward James Studios, it will feature a diverse range of practices including sculpture, installation, print, painting, film, ceramics, and textiles.
Preview 5 July, 6-12 July 2019, Edward James Studios, West Dean College, Chichester, PO18 0RX
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. Nottingham Trent University Degree Show 2018, with work by Agil Abdullayev, BA (Hons) Fine Art
2. Norwich University of the Arts, 2019
3. City and Guilds art school London, 2019
4. The Art Academy, 2019
5. 2018 Summer Show preview. Photo: Barney Hindle