Twelve art graduates prepare for career take-off

Published: 3 June 2011 at 11:14

Graduate art is chosen by judges to hang in the VIP Business Aviation Centre at Cambridge Airport

Cambridge School of Art graduate Amanda Graves is one of twelve students who have had their work selected for exhibition at Cambridge Airport, as part of a scheme launched for the third year by Anglia Ruskin University, Arts & Business and Marshall Aerospace Business Aviation Centre.

The 12 items of graduate work were selected from Anglia Ruskin’s Cambridge School of Art Final Year Exhibition, for a 12 month loan to Marshall Aerospace, to hang in the VIP Business Aviation Centre at Cambridge Airport.  The pieces will include work by fine artists, photographers, illustrators and graphic designers.

Amanda was among the 12 students chosen from around 200 exhibiting at The Ruskin Gallery for the prestigious Art Loan Scheme. Her work consists of vibrant colourful abstract paintings based on the urban landscape.  After being confirmed as one of those shortlisted she said:

"I am delighted to have been selected.  I was brought up in Cambridge, and the airport has always meant a lot to me.  My artwork is based around a modern visual language, and interaction with contemporary architecture, so there is really no better place to see my work than at Cambridge Airport."

The panel of judges selecting the material included Archie Garden, Director at Cambridge Airport,  Terry Holloway, Group Support Executive, Chris Owen, Head of Cambridge School of Art and Gill Bloomfield, Director of Consultancy Services, Arts & Business.

Archie Garden, Director at Cambridge Airport said:

“The standard of the work featured in the exhibition was excellent which made it very hard to choose just 12 artists’ work.  In making our selection, we were driven by the location where the works will hang, and we were looking for light, colour and energy.   Amanda’s work particularly struck us but we are very pleased with the choice of all 12 artists.”

The 12 graduates selected for the scheme include from BA (Hons) Photography Natasha Biggs,

Tracey Jones, Shaun Smith and Josie Fisher; BA (Hons) Fine Art Amanda Graves, Jodie Nelson,

Amy Storey; BA (Hons) Illustration Rachel James, Dan Heffer; BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Jurate Laugalyte, Julie Tostevin and Carmen Lam.