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News: Degree-level Fine Art students exhibit work at Newstead Abbey

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The beautiful historic house, Newstead Abbey, has become the backdrop for ‘Mapping Privilage’ – an exhibition of artwork by our Fine Art Degree students, who are currently displaying their work for visitors to enjoy until 26 January (open weekends only 12-4pm).

The group of eight students have produced individual artworks in response to historic items in the museum collection and the Abbey itself, to explore the complex history of British Colonial power and its exploitation of other countries via slavery and abusive international trade.

Tom Hackett (Fine Art Lecturer), explains: 

Examining the hidden relationships with sugar and tea plantations and the mahogany trade amongst other things, the artworks hope to shed some light on the privilege of Empire and its hidden suffering. 

Working with Curator, Simon Brown, and the collection at Newstead Abbey, has given students a unique chance to work in a live industry situation in an internationally prestigious setting. Opportunities like this are gold dust.”

Participating students are: Charlotte Walker, Chris Tregenza, Becky Leivers, Delsha Tucker, Lizzie Flint, Marita Robinson, Elan Miller and Farah Baber. Here’s what some of them said:

It was a great opportunity and interesting project to be part of with lots to react to creatively.” Becky Leivers (FdA fine Art) 

I really enjoyed combining historic and contemporary issues.” Elan Miller (BA Fine Art) 

I really appreciated the enthusiasm and support for our art from Simon the Curator.” Charlotte Walker (FdA Fine Art) 

For further information, please contact Tom Hackett. For Newstead Abbey opening times and admission prices, call: 0115 876 3100.

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  • 20th January 2022 (2:31 PM)
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