Postgraduate artists, designers and conservators from across the University of Lincoln’s College of Arts will display their work in a series of free public exhibitions opening this weekend.
Showcasing the final collections from students of Fine Art, Design, International Design Enterprise, Contemporary Curatorial Practice and Conservation of Historic Objects, the 2014 MA Degree Shows offer the public a chance to explore work from dozens of exciting new artists.
The shows will open on the University of Lincoln’s Brayford Pool Campus with an exclusive preview evening on Friday 12th September, and will be free for the public to view from Saturday 13th – Saturday 27th September 2014. Exhibitions are open daily (except Sundays) from 10am – 4pm.
As part of a joint exhibition to be hosted in Project Space Plus and Lab Plus – two contemporary gallery spaces within the University’s new Art and Design Building – students of MA Design and MA Contemporary Curatorial Practice will invite audiences to ‘Carry on Regardless’.
Their thought-provoking exhibition incorporates a wide range of art, from drawing and print-making to installation and performative sculptural work, and encapsulates the ethos that failure is a natural part of human experience. The work showcased in the Carry on Regardless exhibition from eight different artists encourages its audience to view obstacles as opportunities, and to recognise that direction is often more important than destination.
Andrew Bracey, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for MA Fine Art and MA Contemporary Curatorial Practice, said: “The MA Fine Art and MA Contemporary Curatorial Practice programmes put emphasis on each student’s path of exploration and discovery, through their research and practice. The work in this show represents a crossroads, an exciting moment when they choose where their practices will go next.”
This exhibition will be joined by displays of research projects from the MA Conservation of Historic Objects programme, and an eclectic exhibition from Lincoln’s MA Design students, entitled Upstairs.
Located in the same venue, Upstairs includes work which considers the challenge of conveying personality through type design, and re-appropriated garments that explore how clothing can become a vessel for memory. The wide-ranging exhibition also incorporates video, printmaking, stop frame animation, book design, collaborative image-making and silver-smithing.
John Stocker, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for MA Design, said: “Upstairs is a celebration of the work, commitment and creativity of the current cohort of finishing MA Design students. At the heart of what we all do – staff and students alike – is asking questions. We ask questions about the world around us, about our own work and about ourselves. As you will notice in this exhibition, the work is not only informed by this wish to enquire, but also a wish to embrace technical excellence and push creative boundaries.”
For more information on Carry On Regardless, the exhibition catalogue can be downloaded via: http://carry-on-regardless.com.