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Student artists exhibit work developed across three years at University for latest degree show

The University's 2019 Fine Art degree show runs from Friday 17 May

 

AN EXHIBITION of experimental artwork developed by students across the past three years is opening at the University of Chichester this week.

The 2019 Fine Art degree show, which runs from Friday 17 May, is a culmination of the undergraduates’ work in textiles, print, sculpture, painting, video, and photography. As many as 25 students from the University’s BA (Hons) in Fine Art will be presenting their art at the exposition, which is free for all to view.

Among the exhibiting artists is Jazmine Saunders, below, a body-caster interested in exploring humanity’s relationship with spirituality and mindfulness using a hybrid of plaster, jasminite, and wood.

“We as a species build our lives around technology and plugging ourselves in, but we often forget to recharge,” said the sculptor, who moulded her artwork from the bodies of her 11 closest friends. “The act of body-casting is quite an experience for the sitter: it usually takes an hour and I like them to use the moment to take a break from the reality of the world and experience mindfulness.”

Body-cast artist Jazmine Saunders explores humanity’s relationship with spirituality and mindfulness

The degree show, which runs until Thursday 23 May, is open weekdays from 11am to 6pm and at weekends from 11am to 4pm. Students will be hosting walkabout talks about their artwork from 5:30pm on Tuesday 21 May.

Also presenting at the exhibition is mature student Ali Gailer, below, a former teaching assistant who took a career change to follow her love of art, whose work attempts to stimulate a reaction about society’s environment impact on the world.

She said: “Much of my work explores ecological interests and the relationship between humans and nature. The tree hangs upside-down to show how many are uprooted every day, and the noose around its trunk demonstrates our strangle-hold on nature.”

Mature student Ali Gailer's work attempts to stimulate a reaction about society’s environment impact on the world

The University’s Fine Art department has built a national reputation of helping students' develop their talents, through initiatives such as the degree show, to launch a career in the professional world of art. Its courses are led in its artOne building, comprising high-quality studio and workshop facilities, to give students a dynamic environment to produce original and engaging work.

Senior lecturer Tim Sandys-Renton said the exhibition celebrates the culmination of three years’ commitment and graft from the undergraduates.

He added: “Each student has travelled from naivety and uncertainty to confidence, sophistication, and professionalism. They have discovered and explored their personal creativity and vision, and found ways to present the outcomes in punchy and dynamic style.”

The exhibition is hosted at the University’s artOne building, Bishop Otter campus, College Lane, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 6PE.

To find out more about the 2019 Fine Art degree show go to www.chi.ac.uk/fine-art/degree-shows-and-events or contact administrator Clare Hilton at c.hilton@chi.ac.uk. Alternatively for more about Fine Art courses available at the University of Chichester visit www.chi.ac.uk/fine-art.