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

Hatton Gallery
Hatton Gallery

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 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 Cromerty
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.

AP Monthly Competition – May 2013

This month’s theme is ‘Looking Down’

The way you angle your camera can completely alter a shot. Just the simple act of pointing your camera down offers a unique perspective. And what do we see when we look through the viewfinder? That’s up to you.

The choices I have so far are these:

My initial thought is to go with the photograph of the man in the boats as there is a lot of structure to the image.

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.

War Photographer

The Side PhotoFilm Club showed “War Photographer”, a film about the war/conflict photographer James Nachtwey. This is part of the ongoing Side PhotoFilm Club’s program of films about photography.

Initially I felt a lot of antagonism toward the photographer, the act of him taking photographs felt very intrusive and aggressive, but as the film progressed it became obvious that though he was in the midst of the situations as they played out this was not in an intrusive or aggressive manner, but more as part of the event itself.

James Nachtwey’s obvious desire to precipitate change through his photography became the overarching theme of the film, his determination to show the horror of the events he photographed became a way of giving the victims a voice otherwise withheld.

He seemed to be held in awe by the other professionals (photographers, editors, film makers) that surrounded him, they all admired him but this did not seem to extend to friendship. Nachtwey came across as a very self-contained person with a single-minded determination to be in the centre of the action that elevated his work over that of other war/combat photographers.

These factors also seemed to have led to a very solitary lifestyle where he is in control of everything, the feeling I got was that is he didn’t maintain such control he may have flown to pieces as when he talked the passion and heart he had for the plight of the people he photographed shone out.

The images that James Nachtwey makes are very aesthetic as well as story telling, each one that was shown in the film seemed to have a great balance about them that made them more than just reportage.

A harrowing film that shows the horror of conflict/war/poverty in stark black and white, this is a kind of photography that brought stories to the world that couldn’t be ignored and is still required, probably more so now when there is less space in the mainstream media for this type of reportage.

Thanks Kerry for organising this 🙂 and I’m really looking forward to more good films and discussions to come.

Book Making

My bookbinding tools have arrived and I’ve been playing around with some of the simpler methods in the book.

So far it’s been really fun but I am looking forward to the bookbinding course in a few weeks at the Joe Cornish Gallery in Northallerton.

Will play a bit more and try sewing a signature next week 🙂