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News: Art stu­dents gain live expe­ri­ence at inter­na­tion­al­ly renowned venue

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Fine Art students
Fine Art students

The instal­la­tion will accom­pa­ny the cur­rent exhi­bi­tion by 20th cen­tu­ry painter Harold Gilman, renowned for his paint­ings of Eng­lish domes­tic sit­u­a­tions. His reg­u­lar sub­jects include liv­ing spaces, wall­pa­per, cur­tains, urban space build­ings, fur­ni­ture and women, often sit­ting in iso­la­tion. Each stu­dent is devel­op­ing a square floor work as a visu­al response to the main exhi­bi­tion and its wider theme.

Tak­ing the exhi­bi­tion as a depar­ture point rather than script, the stu­dents are mak­ing mean­ing­ful con­nec­tions to the domes­tic sub­ject, using a range of dif­fer­ent medi­ums, includ­ing: draw­ing, paint, pho­tog­ra­phy, tex­tiles, graph­ics and mixed media sculpture.

Fine Art Lec­tur­er, Tom Hack­ett, said: This is a first-rate oppor­tu­ni­ty for our stu­dents to gain live expe­ri­ence of show­ing in an inter­na­tion­al­ly recog­nised venue. Work­ing with Lake­side Arts will give the stu­dents a fan­tas­tic under­stand­ing of how a pub­lic gallery works in con­nect­ing with its audi­ence, as well as a great first rung on their future careers as artists.

Using a mod­u­lar floor grid struc­ture, the instal­la­tion promis­es to cre­ate a dynam­ic view­er encounter, sim­i­lar to a birds-eye view, into the com­plex­i­ties and curiosi­ties of home life both past and present. The con­tent will vary from the absurd to the inti­mate and from the per­son­al to the political.”

Stu­dent, Tal­itha Kukk-Smith, said: 

I’m real­ly excit­ed to have our work shown along­side a first-rate artist, in such a fan­tas­tic space. 

 — Tal­itha Kukk-Smith

Richard Hyde, 54, enrolled at Not­ting­ham Col­lege after sell­ing his cre­ative busi­ness­es. He now hopes to become a full-time artist. He said:

Work­ing for a real client at such a renowned venue gave us a win­dow into the real art world. It was a short project with a tight dead­line and we had to work around the logis­tics and con­straints of the brief, which was a valu­able insight into the indus­try and what will be expect­ed of us. 

I pro­duced a paint­ing for the exhi­bi­tion using acrylic and DIY filler, it’s actu­al­ly only the fourth paint­ing I’ve ever done, so it’s out of my com­fort zone, but my lec­tur­er encour­aged me to give it a go and I’m real­ly pleased with the result. I hope the pub­lic enjoy what I’ve created. 

 — Richard Hyde
Richard Hyde with his painting

Learn­ing Offi­cer, Ruth Lewis-Jones, is always look­ing for new ways to make Djano­gly Gallery rel­e­vant and appeal­ing to young peo­ple. She says this about the part­ner­ship with Not­ting­ham Col­lege: I am thrilled that staff and stu­dents at Not­ting­ham Col­lege have respond­ed so pos­i­tive­ly to this oppor­tu­ni­ty, and I am real­ly look­ing for­ward to see­ing their visu­al ideas, and also observ­ing the pub­lic reaction.“

Also show­ing in the adja­cent space will be a series of small-scale mini hous­es and chair designs by Not­ting­ham Col­lege stu­dents study­ing the Lev­el 3 Diplo­ma in 3D Design and Archi­tec­ture, look­ing at domes­tic­i­ty from a design perspective.

This free-to-view exhi­bi­tion is open to the pub­lic from Sat­ur­day 26th Jan­u­ary to Sun­day 10th Feb­ru­ary 2019, Tues to Sat 11 – 5pm and Sun­days 12 – 4pm (Closed on Mon­days). Stu­dents will be on site every day dur­ing the instal­la­tion to dis­cuss their work with visitors.

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  • 14th January 2019 (9:00 AM)
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