Object. Agency. Edge – Wayne Robinson – Kingsway Campus

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In the foyer of the Kingsway Campus is this small exhibition by the artist Wayne Robinson. ‘Object. Agency. Edge. A conversation between the picture plane and peripheral objects ‘ I love when exhibitions are held at our campus, but its a shame the work could not be displayed in what was once the main gallery space (now used by the fashion department)

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Wendy Mason from AA2A

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AA2A website

AA2A Networking website

As a part of the professional practice module, we have visiting lecturers that come and talk to all of the 3rd years, some from various backgrounds, to give talks on themselves, their career path or a specific topic. On the 20th November, Wendy Mason who is the founder and national director of the AA2A scheme (artist access to art colleges) visited us, to talk about the benefits of becoming self-employed as a possible career path. Wendy spoke about the benefit of becoming self-employed, and also joining the AA2A scheme.

Becoming self-employed is something I have known about, but I never really understood how it can be achieved, and to be completely honest I thought it seemed to be quite complicated. But after the reassuring and incredibly helpful talk Wendy gave, I am considering becoming a self-employed artist after I graduate.

After the talk, Wendy asked us to leave some feedback from the talk, which I was happy to. But also to put down an email address so that she could later send us some more useful information, and links to any other helpful sites to get us going.  The links below were sent a couple of weeks after the presentation

AA2A Self-employment support notes 2017

Self-employment support orgs. Nov 2017

Everyone loves stickers

As I have decided to keep working on the promotion side of the degree show, I wanted to research into what would be the easiest way to spread the message about the show, but not on social media. Posters and leaflets are the usual go to for promoting an event, but because the ‘design’ and name of the show has yet to be finalised, I thought why not create something that will get straight to the point of promoting the exhibition (not to mention something not too time consuming)

Stickers seemed to be the most reasonable idea. And honestly who doesn’t like getting them/using them. I hadn’t realised how easy it was to get some stickers printed, so after doing a bit of research (and trying to find the best price) I created some designs that I later asked around for feedback on.

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I tried out a few variations, with colour, overall placement, wording etc. There were a few things to consider when I was making these for example: the colour scheme, size, upper/lower case, how much information to put, use of imagery and so on.  After all this consideration and good feedback from my course-mates, I made the final design (picture below) The main consensus from my peers was that the colour scheme with the gradient was the favourite, and that the hashtag we have been using on the Instagram page (#FEAD2018) should be added, as a way of promoting the work and the students involved with the show. Most agreed that it should be kept quite minimal, information wise, so that if the sticker is spotted by a member of the public, they can find the hashtag via Instagram (possibly Facebook too) to find out more information, and keep up to date.

The final design…

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Have you spotted any?

TECHNE : Creating Art – Chester – 10/11/2017

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Grosvenor Museum

Recently my course-mates and I visited the Grosvenor Museum, to see a little exhibition arranged by the 5 technical demonstrators from our campus. The pieces exhibited were created by each technician in their chosen speciality. (e.g photography, sculpture, graphics) It was great to see a selection of work from the people that offer us guidance everyday on campus. And it’s a nice insight to the work that they each individually create as practicing artists.

Tom Hignett

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CML by Sat – 2017 – Giclée Print

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CML by Hue (A) – 2017 – Giclée Print

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U(YaB by Hue (D) – 2017 – Giclée Print

Chris Millward

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Artillery Case – 2014 – Reclaimed oak, metal fixings and bronze

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Personal Space – 2017 – Bronze Cast and small plinth

#FEAD2018 (final exhibition art & design)

As apart of the professional practice module, the other task that all of us 3rd year students have to contribute to, is the preparation and organisation of the end of year degree show.  The task of the organisation has been split into different categories, those of which we could choose between to get involved with. Hopefully choosing one which would suite our strengths. So the groups set up for the show were: Communication and design (exhibition name, logo and catalogue etc), Promotion and public relations (social media, local publications) and Fundraising. Then curation, which will come into play closer to the exhibition. I chose to join the promotions group, as I wanted to get involved in the social media side of promoting the show, and I felt that it would be an area I would enjoy working in.

After discussions, it seemed obvious that an Instagram page should be made, not only to promote the degree show, but the students creating work for it. I decided to make a page for the fine art students, where a taster of everyones work could be posted, in the run up to the degree show. (and could continue onto the following year groups) I will be making a couple of posts a week of my course-mates work, and their studio spaces, as an insight of things to come for the exhibition in June 2018.

We have created the hashtag ‘FEAD2018’ which all posts will be organised under, and will be used leading up to the show. This will be a useful tool for anyone wanting to search for the degree show and those involved.

To see the current work click the link below…

Instagram link

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“Learn to say ‘Fuck You’ to the world once in a while. You have every right to. Just stop thinking, worrying, looking over your shoulder, wondering, doubting, fearing, hurting, hoping for some easy way out, struggling, gasping, confusing, itching, scratching, mumbling, bumbling, grumbling, humbling, stumbling, rumbling, rambling, gambling, tumbling, scumbling, scrambling, hitching, hatching, bitching, moaning, groaning, honing, boning, horse-shitting, hair-splitting, nit-picking, piss-trickling, nose-sticking, ass-gouging, eyeball-poking, finger-pointing, alleyway-sneaking, long waiting, small stepping, evil-eying, back-scratching, searching, perching, besmirching, grinding grinding grinding away at yourself. Stop it and just DO.”

to Eva Hesse from Sol LeWitt in 1965 

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Sculpture, Installation or Assemblage?

Painting as always been my go-to, my comfort zone, my ‘speciality’. But recently I have found myself being drawn to sculpture. I have been making myself familiar with new  materials since the start of my degree, however, I never really took it upon myself to truly experiment with them, to see the many possibilities.

My paintings have always had a type of theme to them, which would make it possible to bring the forms into a space as tangible objects. So this is what I have begun to investigate, and will further explore, to see if I’m actually ‘onto something’. The pieces I have been making so far, are assemblages made up from multiple different components., which I’m finding are very interchangeable. Below are some explorations of these assemblages, with various materials, which I feel either complement or contrast with each other.

Whilst I was putting together these assemblages, I was asked by my course-mate, “How do you decide where everything goes?” which made me also question myself, how do I make these decisions when I am setting up a piece? My first thought to this was that I had an instant gut feeling when placing down the pieces, and that ‘feeling’ told me if it was right or not. But admittedly there is something deeper to my decision making, which is something I hope to explore.

 

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