Students master the art of success in final year show
Graduating Master’s degree students from the School of Art at the University of Wolverhampton are putting on an exhibition of their final year work.
The free exhibition at Wolverhampton Art Gallery features work from Design and Applied Arts, Digital and Visual Communications and Fine Art students. The show will be running from Saturday 9 until Sunday 24 September 2023.
Claire Buckerfield, Public Engagement Co-ordinator in the Faculty of Arts, Business and Social Sciences, said: “The Master’s degree course at the Wolverhampton School of Art provides a dedicated space for students to refine their professional practice and to develop their creative approach to imagine and bring forth the artists, designers, and makers they want to be.
“The diversity of practice on show reveals a range of conceptual and material conversations in which skills learned, formal and aesthetic strategies developed, and the student’s personal histories, choices and positions experienced, join forces and evolve into the practice and production of art and design.
“Our tutors are practising artists and designers in their own right and work with students individually and in groups to ‘bring out’ these narratives, encourage risk taking and support the creative ambition presented in this exhibition.”
Exhibiting Digital and Visual Communications student, Lewis Ashfield, discusses his work and process. He said: “I don’t like to label myself creatively, but if I did then I would probably class myself as a ‘Mixed Media Graphic Designer’.
“Before studying for my Master’s degree, I felt like I could only be a Graphic Designer but now I can incorporate my love of the fine arts and using different mediums in my work. I draw inspiration from the late, great, designer, and punk anarchist Jamie Reid (whom I very nearly got to interview before his passing), Graphic Designer Chris Ashworth, and the aesthetics of grunge and anti-design. By drawing inspiration from Reid, Ashworth and the aesthetics of grunge and anti-design I can confidently push the boundaries of type, layout and composition in my work, pushing myself into realms I never thought I’d go to creatively.
“My final project, entitled, Firefly, is an experimental arts and culture magazine, that features reviews and interviews conducted by me. During this project, I have been able to take what I have developed and learned during my course and create one of my favourite projects I’ve worked on. I’m very happy with the look and feel of the magazine and even more grateful that I could interview some of my favourite creatives! I’m so excited to see it all come together! To quote, the late, great, David Bowie, the most inspirational person to my practice and outlook on creativity, “I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring”.”
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