Students master the art of success during the pandemic
Masters students from the School of Art at the University of Wolverhampton are exhibiting their first public degree show since the Covid-19 outbreak at two art galleries in the West Midlands.
Over 60 students will be exhibiting their final artwork as part of their MA degree show at Wolverhampton Art Gallery and The New Art Gallery, Walsall.
Students from MA Design and Applied Arts working in Glass, Ceramics, Textiles, Fashion Interior and Product Design, along with students studying MA Visual and Digital Communication featuring Graphic Design, Illustration and a range of screen-based media will be showcasing at Wolverhampton Art Gallery until October 3.
In addition, the MA Fine Art show will open at The New Art Gallery Walsall on October 1 and will run until the October 31. The work includes painting, sculpture, photography, installation and performance art.
The students have been supported by the curatorial team at the gallery to present their work within this professional environment and to provide a fantastic launchpad for their creative careers.
Maggie Ayliffe, Head of Wolverhampton School of Art said: “This is our first public degree show since 2019 and I have never been more pleased to see the creative work of our students here in the flesh.
“We will have time in the future to reflect on the art produced during Covid and the themes and practices that have come to the fore during this time. However, for now I want to celebrate the creativity and resilience of the students and staff who have been working between makeshift studios at home and bursts of intense activity on campus.
“Our galleries have also suffered through the pandemic. So, it is a great pleasure that we are once again partnering with Wolverhampton Art Gallery and the New Art Gallery Walsall in hosting our MA Degree Shows.
“I would like to thank both galleries for their ongoing support of Wolverhampton School of Art and our students as they step out into professional practice as artists and designers ready to take on the challenges of life in the 21st century.”
Atlanta Ellis, MA Digital and Visual Communications student said: “This was a very personal project for me. I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with my hair and a perception of how I should look.
“My project is concerned self-representation, identity, and an exploration of stereotypes I face daily. It can be hard to express your feelings in the face of the judgements of others, but this work has helped me articulate how proud I am pf the person I have become.
“I hope my work educates and encourages people to love who they are and be proud of themselves as individuals.
“In a world full of filters, give yourself a bit of self-love, express your individuality and be confident in you are.”
Chantel Naomi Cave, MA Digital and Visual Communications student said: “My project was all about showing my home city in a new light.
“Coventry is a World War II city that has a lot to offer – I wanted to show that it’s not only a city of culture but a city of diverse architecture that needs to be appreciated.
“Throughout lockdown, I certainly found a new appreciation for capturing the beauty of my hometown through photography and I’m so proud to have my work on display at a well-known established art gallery for visitors to come and see.”
The exhibition presents works in a wide range of media by both full and part-time students including work from 2020 graduates as well as those who paused their studies due to the pandemic.
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