Students in the second year of the BA (Hons) Fine Art course have been making artwork in response to five offsite locations in and around Wolverhampton culminating in a series of exhibitions, temporary installations and trails.
As part of this offsite module there has also been a programme of theoretical lectures, seminars, workshops and exhibition planning sessions.
The site specific works included:
Old Post Office, Princess Street
Students explored and rummaged through archival material at the Old Post Office to create site responsive work for an exhibition and a show and tell seminar session on the 13 January 2016. From stamps to maps, from paint peelings to digital imagery - the work produced has left us time travelling from past to present.
Heath Park School
Students designed, planned and delivered a programme of four workshop-style teaching sessions within the School as well as a visit for the pupils to the Wolverhampton School of Art. As an outcome the students and pupils have created a body of collaborative artworks which will be on display at Heath Park School.
The Museum of Cannock Chase
Students were asked by the Museum to respond to the museum’s permanent collection with a body of small works that would then be exhibited and put up for sale in their gallery café onsite. The exhibition runs from the 13 January - 8 March 2016, and there is a range of 2D and small 3D works on show.
Shoal Hill Common
Students went on a number of visits to the common, and were given a historical narrative about the site. They then created a site-specific work for a temporary sculpture trail. From sculpture to performance art, the trail left us both enchanted and haunted by the spirits of the land.
Springfield Brewery Site
Students visited the site in its derelict and working state to gather information, objects and histories about this former working brewery. They then returned and exhibited their work both indoors and outdoors on the 6 January 2016. The work on show ranged from textural paintings to large-scale sculptures crawling across the exterior.
Gavin Rogers, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art told us: “Each offsite project has been a unique micro artist-in-residency like experience, giving our students insight into what it is like to work in the public realm and to respond to sites in both a practical and theoretical context.”
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