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Newcastle University Fine Arts Degree Show 2013

NEWCASTLE : Fine Art Studios & Hatton Gallery
Newcastle University, NE1 7RU
31st May (private view 6pm) – 14th June

LONDON : Embassy Tea Gallery. 195-205 Union Street, SE1 26th June (private view 27th. 6pm) -29th June

After visiting the MA show for the past two years I knew I wanted to visit the degree show as well.

There is a long list of finishing student, I will provide links for contact, site and if you click on the artist’s name it will take you to their show page.

Azim Abas
Kirsty Alexander       website
Martha Aynsley
Robert Battersby       website
Mark Bleakley       website
Rebecca Blessington
Milly Carter Hepplewhite       website
Imogen Coates
Dean Crawford       website
Freya Cromarty
Hannah Denney       website
Amy Dix
Iona Dunsire
Oscar Eaton
Naomi Elliott       website
Faye Green
Calum Greaney
Eleanor Hargreaves
Katherine Hayward       website
Isobel Hindhaugh       website
Susannah Horowitz       website
Sarah Illing       website
Dennis Isou       contact : website
Charlotte Kell
Rachael Kidd
Alexandra Knox       website
Adam Laing
Megan Lagrue       website
Conor Lightfoot       website
Dan Linden       website
Alexandra de Lusignan
Louise Mackenzie       website
Ellie McCulloch       website
Finn McCullough
David Mills       website
Siti Munirah Yusop       website
Robyn Nevison       website
Claire Newton
Charlotte O’Shea
Eleanor Parr       website
Harry Peck       website
Rebecca Powell
Sam Purcell       website
George Quiney       website
Beth Ramsay
Sherene Scott       website
Beatrice Searle
Mike Sprout
Cody Sowerby       website
Harriet Sutcliffe       website
Genevieve Stone
Jessica Townsend       website
David Tweedy
William Vinegrad       contact : website
Chantal Ward Mercer       website
Josh Wilson
Lilly Williams
Georgina Witts       website
Patrick Wu

When I arrived it was to find the main gallery closed due to water damage on the electrics, this means I didn’t get to see all the artist’s works, so the review really is only for half the show. I will try to get back to have another look before it goes to London and edit this post with any other thoughts and views then.

Of the artists I did see I found the following artists to be the ones whose work excited me the most:

Rebecca Blessington
I really loved the strong graphic element to these works and the obsessive quality that the close-ups give. In a way, they remind me of Edward Weston’s black and white photographs of fruit and vegetable, but in a much more distilled fashion. The images also talk about the representation of the human form through photography and how this can be interpreted in many ways.

The group together was visually striking and when looked at as whole seemed to transform into landscapes and geographical features.

Freya Cromerty

Freya’s interventions into the fabric of the Hatton Gallery were at once, humorous, unexpected and vaguely alien. They kept appearing in the most unexpected of corners and would catch your attention out the corner of your eye almost as they were following your progress around the galleries.

Once the humorous aspect wore off the more alien aspect came out, were these encrustation growing? Were they following?

An excellent use of material, shape and structure to take the viewer outside their normal expectations of buildings.

Hannah Denney

A lovely surprise as I was getting to the end of my explorations of the galleries to come across this random mark making hanging in the air.

The installation ‘owned’ the space and seemed to coalesce into a poem of marks that could almost be interpreted, but never quite grasped/

Genevieve Stone

I loved the concept of using the air as a material, didn’t take me long to grasp the artist’s intent and 20 minutes later I broke off to have a look at the physical structures this piece was composed of.

Bookbinding with Angela James

Today was the day of the book binding course with Angela James at the Joe Cornish Gallery in Northallerton.

I had been looking forward to this for a while now and really hoping that it would go ahead as the other one I had booked on in Newcastle was cancelled as I was the only one to book.

There was a really lovely group of people to work with and Angela set two projects that were achievable in a day.

A simple(ish) book using one sewn signature with a glued cover to hide the stitching, this was good as though I have books on stitching a signature, actually seeing it done and having someone to help you through it clarified what I had been reading. I felt that this book went well and was really happy with the end product.

After making this we broke for lunch in the new cafe at the Joe Cornish Gallery for a lovely salad and cake.

The afternoon project was harder as it was sewing several signatures onto a piece of vellum/suede. I kept getting the tension wrong and the book has ended up really loose, but since I have the tools at home I thought I could unpick the stitching and sew it back later, and maybe use this as a practice piece until I feel confident in making this type of book.

The course was really worth the wait and I’m really looking forward to getting on and making some more of my own books.