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MA artists’ Solvitur Ambulando exhibition explores material experimentation

Sarah Luxford

ARTIST from the University of Chichester have collaborated on an exhibition which utilises practical and material experimentation as a means to examine the world around them.

The students, of the MA Fine Art degree, have joined together to curate and present their work for the Solvitur Ambulando exposition hosted until mid-February within the University gallery. The exhibition reveals the collective learning environment that the MA course offers and provides the group with a springboard into the world of professional practice.

Textile sculptor Chloe Dudman (below) said: "The course has enabled me to experiment with different ways of working which I would not have previously explored. By critically analysing my work on a higher level, I have been able to work with new ideas and materials to create work I am truly proud to show."

The Latin phrase Solvitur Ambulando means an appeal to practical experience for the solution of a problem, and at the exhibition is used to suggest that a problem is best tackled by practical experiment.

Textile sculptor Chloe Dudman

Sarah Luxford (top) manipulates materials to create small scale sculptures and invites her audience to re-evaluate their relationship to possessions and the cultural obsession with ownership. She said: "Studying on the MA has stretched my methodologies and theories which is really expanding the limits of my practice."

Solvitur Ambulando is a chance to see works in a fearless stage of development that is also an eclectic mix of outcomes and styles that set it apart from the ordinary.

Painter Bernard Dutton-Briant (below) is also glad to be a part of the cohort. He added: "Participating in the MA has given me the time and space to focus on my own journey and to develop and attune myself in respect of other painters, whose work informs and inspires my own."

To find out more about the Solvitur Ambulando exhibition visit the Otter Gallery, University of Chichester, Bishop Otter campus, College Lane, West Sussex, PO19 6PE. Alternatively go to or contact

Exhibition dates

  • Solvitur Ambulando exhibition: open until Sunday 11 February, 2018,
  • Gallery discussion: question and answer sessions MA students and staff about their work in Solvitur Ambulando and the nature of visual research at a postgraduate level: on Wednesday 24 January from 1pm to 2pm,
  • Gallery discussion, question and answer session with MA students and staff discussing the nature and context of contemporary Fine Art practice: on Wednesday 7 February from 1pm to 2pm.

Painter Bernard Dutton-Briant