A group of our Foundation Degree Fine Art students are exhibiting their work at the National Justice Museum this month, experiencing what it’s like to showcase their artwork to an external audience in a real exhibition space.
The ‘Constraint/Restraint’ exhibition launches on Saturday 18th January, 1-3pm, and will continue until 29th January.
The students developed their work in response to a current National Justice Museum exhibition, featuring some of the physical methods of restraining and constraining people within the historic prison system. The group of 15 artists have developed a range of thoughtful and intimate works which explore the idea of both physical restraint within the penal system and wider notions of constraint and restraint within our wider society.
Their work aims to provoke thoughts as well as visually attract visitor curiosity, and includes a range of pieces, from fragile hunched wax figures, to eerie ghost forms of ropes and bindings. There will also be a non-playable ‘board game’ on display, occupying the central seating area and a cabinet full of ‘bottled emotions’.
This is a great opportunity for our students to be involved in a live project reacting to the context of a major museum. Work in this area is ever expanding and this equips our art students with knowledge and experience of both thematic shows and site-reflexive creative practice. We firmly believe that ‘keeping it real’ is essential for art education in order for it to have transferable value in the creative industries.- Course Leader Tom Hackett
This free-to-view exhibition is open to the public from Sunday 19th to Wednesday 29th January 2020, Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm and Sat-Sun 10am-5.30pm. A special preview and exhibition launch event will take place on Saturday 18th, 1-3pm.