Published: 14 June 2017 at 17:00
Anglia Ruskin students showcase their talents at special end-of-course exhibition
Over 150 graduating BA (Hons) students are displaying their work to the public during the 2017 Cambridge School of Art Degree Show.
The Degree Show represents the culmination of their courses at Anglia Ruskin University and serves as a springboard for the students as they prepare to enter the world of work.
The exhibition, which runs until Saturday, 17 June, features the work of students from a range of creative courses including Computer Games Art, Fashion Design, Film & Television Production, Film, TV and Theatre Design, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration and Animation, Illustration, Interior Design and Photography.
The Dr Supanee Gazeley Fine Art Prize, and a cheque for £2,000, has been awarded to Liz Mills for her art based on face recognition software. The prize goes to the best work by a final-year BA (Hons) Fine Art student.
Several of this year’s exhibitors have overcome significant personal challenges and achieved remarkable work. For example disabled student Dominika Kiedrzynska, from BA (Hons) Computer Games Art, whose main method of communication is via her tablet, designs computer game environments – the scenes in which the characters play out the game. They are complex, detailed and highly naturalistic renditions of interiors and landscapes.
One BA (Hons) Photography student displaying his work will be Samuel Shelton, whose projects have been shaped by his own experiences of mental illness. The 23 year old, who is originally from Leicester and now lives in Cambridge, said:
Oliver Cross, also from BA (Hons) Photography, has Asperger’s Syndrome, and is an accomplished photographer, film-maker and musician. His final project, drawing ideas from philosophers including Plato, Lacan and Foucault, explores the way in which visually impaired people use photography to explore their own environment, and the reactions of others to the work that they create.
Jordanna Blake, who has lit up the BA (Hons) Fine Art exhibition with her abstract paintings, admits that she is lucky to be exhibiting at all. Diagnosed with pneumonia and a collapsed lung in January this year, her life was in the balance. But she has made a remarkable recovery which has enabled her to exhibit with her fellow students.
Jordanna had more reasons than most to celebrate at the exhibition opening, with Anglia Ruskin’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Iain Martin, being so impressed by her paintings that he purchased one of them for his office.
Commenting on the show, Chris Owen, Head of Cambridge School of Art, said:
The Degree Show runs until Saturday, 17 June in the Ruskin Gallery and surrounding rooms. The exhibition is open 10am-8pm weekdays and 10am-4:30pm weekends, and admission is free.