Published: 2 March 2007 at 16:05
Over 100 students from the Cambridge School of Art (CSoA) at Anglia Ruskin University are to showcase their talents in a major forthcoming exhibition (22 June–3 July) which will be open to members of the public at the University’s prestigious Ruskin Gallery at East Road, Cambridge.
The final-year undergraduate students from the regionally and nationally acclaimed School will be ‘celebrating’ their achievements by showing a vibrant selection of art in the beautifully restored gallery, named after the Victorian scholar and founder of the School, John Ruskin.
The exhibition will be launched with a Private Viewing (21 June) on the evening before the start of the event.
Work displayed in the main gallery and surrounding art studios at ground floor and balcony level will represent the creative outpourings of student illustrators, fine artists, fine art printmakers, photographers and graphic designers. Craig Langton of the Ruskin Gallery explains:
BA (Hons) Photography student Daisy Zoll (34), with an exceptional eye for simple detail, is from Cambridge. She has been exploring the ephemeral evidence of people’s actions throughout her university career. Her work joins the long tradition of a creator’s fascination with existence.
“An isolated glove can hold our attention for far longer than a happy couple. A building on the cusp of destruction conjures up a morbid hold on us. Care is bestowed or withheld in an instant and we see this in a multitude of examples everyday, a dropped half sucked sweet, a waste ground of a front garden. Changing fortunes are found everywhere.”
Mature student Tracy Bonsall (41), from Bedfordshire, is studying for a BA (Hons) in Fine Art. After working in languages and as an art technician within a school, she wants to be an art practitioner when she graduates after six years of mostly part-time study.
One of the exhibits Tracy will have on show is in acrylic on board entitled Birds Hill I. She explains the inspiration behind her work:
On the show itself, she comments:
Another final year student is Alison Dymond from Steeple Bumpstead, near Haverhill, who is studying a BA (Hons) in Illustration. She has been researching the life of travellers, nomads and gypsies and is planning to illustrate a poem about them by Russia’s greatest poet Alexander Pushkin.
On the same course is 27 year old Glenn Pickering from Cambridge. He has created a book of illustrations detailing lesser-known places of historical interest in London.
Although Will Owen’s book led Glenn to create his own guide for the capital, he was keen to make his version as contemporary as possible employing both traditional and digital techniques.
Alex Sandwell Kliszynski (32) from Cambridge is another accomplished BA (Hons) Photography student who will be exhibiting his work. His oddly familiar but strikingly controversial series of human-dolls stems from a concern with the commoditisation of the body, particularly the female form. He explains:
His experiences of working with teenagers also suggest that some young women are now embracing something known as ‘raunch culture’.
Anglia Ruskin University has a 150 year art tradition. The degree level courses offered within the Cambridge School of Art offer all the flexibility of modular based programmes. There are currently 600 students participating in the diverse range of courses available at the School.
In 1858, John Ruskin, the great Victorian artist and philosopher opened the Cambridge School of Art in Sydney Street in the heart of the city.
It was in 2003 that the name of Cambridge School of Art was revived by the University and the project to restore the school’s Collier Road building began. Refurbishment work in and around the central hall of this historic building has created the new Ruskin Gallery.
New undergraduate courses available for 2007/08 include Interior Design and Fashion Design.
The degree show is free of charge and open to all members of the public. Weekday opening times are 10.00am-4.00pm. For further details contact Craig Langton at the Ruskin Gallery on 0845 196 2981 or email firstname.lastname@example.org