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News: Stu­dents dis­play art­work at the Nation­al Jus­tice Museum

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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.

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  • 15th January 2020 (2:07 PM)
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