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Visual arts students hold exhibition at Nescot

Oct 28, 2014

Visual arts students hold exhibition at Nescot

Nescot’s visual arts students are holding an end-of-year exhibition to show friends and family their work.

The event opened with a private viewing in the Visual and Performing Arts block on Wednesday last week, and the exhibition will stay open until this Friday.

Photography and Art & Design students from Level 3 showed work ranging from second-years’ final major projects to pieces they’ve worked on throughout the year.

"We’ve seen a very high standard of work this year and the students can be proud of the exhibition, which was one of our best yet," said Section Leader Darren Nairn.

"Progression to Higher Education is a key focus of the Level 3 courses here at Nescot, and all our students who applied got into their first or second choice degree courses ranging from fine art drawing at Camberwell school of art, fashion at UCA to photography at Brighton University.

"The work on show by the first year students is very strong also, and we have high expectations for next year’s graduates."

Work on display ranged from Level 3 student Juliana Swan’s sculptural installation resulting from a project on beauty and horror to an animation piece based on phobia by final-year Joe Besagni and final-year Emily Morley’s textile project based on growth and decay.

"I started looking at mould and how I could recreate those ideas and images in a garment," said Emily, who is studying a degree in Textile Design in Brighton next year.

"I’m really pleased with how the piece turned out. I had to overcome quite a lot of problems and I learnt new techniques, like spinning thread around balloons which took a lot of patience."

Juliana used materials including dummies, latex, nails and pins to create 'Series of Heads', and said she’d been inspired by extensive research which led her towards looking at torture masks.

"I was looking at the body and how people damage it, and I wanted to show the way some people are losing their natural self by using things like plastic surgery and makeup," she said.

"All the students have looked around at everyone’s worked and we’ve critiqued each other. I think it’s a great way to learn, because you get a sense of how your work translates."

Joe’s animation piece was his final major project and developed from his brief 'Phases of Change' into work looking at phobia.

"The final piece isn’t really what I intended when I started the project, but it changed and grew the more I researched and worked on it," he said.

"Next year I’m going to Portsmouth University to study animation. I’m really looking forward to it, and I think what I’ve learnt at Nescot has really helped to prepare me."

Year 1 student Jenni Spalding used photography, Photoshop, drawing and stitching to create a series based on Jack the Ripper’s victims, while fellow first-year Luke Bradford focussed on movement, looking at a pass map from a football match to design his abstract artwork.

The exhibition is open from 10am until 4pm in the Visual and Performing Arts block every day until Friday, and entry is free.

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