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Manchester School Of Art Degree Fair

Alex Horne appreciates the flair, craft and guile at the Quay Street show

Written by . Published on June 16th 2012.


Manchester School Of Art Degree Fair

MANCHESTER School of Art’s final year students’ work exhibition opens on Saturday 16 June until Wednesday 20 June. The design side of the course is being exhibited in Quay House and features work in the fields of embroidery, fashion, graphic design, illustration, interior design, textiles and three dimensional art.

The show is a fitting testament not only to the fresh crop of innovative artists, but also to Manchester School of Art’s ability to accommodate the broadest visions and foster a disparate collection of raw talent.

The vibrancy and variety of the exhibition is overwhelming with pieces ranging from miniature voodoo figurines to vast swathes of intoxicatingly luminous dresses. The tone and intentions of the pieces are as disparate as their creators who will be proudly overlooking the visitors’ perusal of their work.

The embroidery section highlights the malleability of the protean art form. Jordan Hargreaves’ work juxtaposes a poignant barrage of doom-mongering headlines with the traditionally sentimental embroidery medium. Conversely Jack Godden’s work expands the boundaries of the form fabricating a vibrant pin board, tempting interaction with his cartoon creation.

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The section of the gallery devoted to sculptural art accentuates the continued progression of art through technology with displays including ceramics, woodwork and glassware. Asha Diveney-Clegg describes technology as ‘opening new doors but leaving a trail of destruction in their wake.’ Her display ‘Lens Perception’ evokes the contradicting forces of past and future through an extraordinary infusion of glassware with wood. The damage caused by the intrusion of glass into wood accentuating the suggestion of time’s ravaging effects on nature.

Similarly April Pebble Owens explores our relationship with nature through art. Her cultivation of plant growth within brick structures is an impressive blend of natural and man made constructions complemented by stunning animation. She explains ‘although we create divides, these bricks are not enough to stop the adaptation of plants, they survive and their strength is unfathomable.’

The interior design section of the exhibition is a visually arresting selection of intricate 3D modelling accompanied by high concept anthropological theories explaining the complex spacial structures mapped out by the students.

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The fashion and textiles section are accompanied by screenings of the fashion shows which took place in both London and Manchester allowing the visitors to experience the garments both first hand and modelled. The variety of garments is understandably eclectic with ideas as outlandish as Rebecca Scarlett Stant’s collection inspired by ‘ridiculous Victorian inventions’.

The show is a fitting testament not only to the fresh crop of innovative artists, but also to Manchester School of Art’s ability to accommodate the broadest visions and foster a disparate collection of raw talent.

Each section of the display will be accompanied by a booklet created by the department describing the works on show and providing the artists’ details. Other sections of the school’s output will be on display at Manchester Metropolitan University's All Saints Campus.

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6 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousJune 17th 2012.

Non of the works appear to be credited or titled or attributed to the Departments.

Calum McGJune 21st 2012.

Saw some great works there last weekend. It's a shame that the show is only ever on for such a short time. Would be amazing if it could span two weekends as the whole show (across the various sites) is utterly inspiring. Great work to all the studes involved :)

Jill SmithJune 22nd 2012.

Captions should accompany these images - particularly as permission was not obtained to publish images of these students' work in the first place.

The embroidered jackets are by Ayasha Wood, Embroidery.

The wooden pieces are by another Embroidery student, Natalie Davies (although their position within the article implies that they are by a 3D or interiors student).

The beer mat piece at the beginning of the article is by Katie Lawes - again from Embroidery.

Having discussed this issue with my coursemates, they are rather disappointed at not having been credited, or even informed directly that images of their work were being used in this way.

Copyright is a particularly sensitive issue with design work, and students/graduates are in a particularly vulnerable position for this to be exploited - hence we feel that more care should be taken to have names attributed to graduate work.

Mark Garner, The PublisherJune 23rd 2012.

Jill, I am minded to agree with you. If you ask your students to get in touch with us I shall happily give editorial the budget to caption everything properly. In the meantime, if you feel very strongly about this I shall of course ask them (editorial)to remove the whole article.

I would of course need to ensure that you speak for the students involved.

It would, mind you, be a shame to do that when most of the media in the North West will only publish established artists;This article is unique in its coverage.

Mancon reaches over a quarter of a million taxpayers each month and I believe it's important for them to see the fruits of their investment; for me the show was outstanding and I am going to urge Editorial to get closer to the arts departments to give more oxygen to these talents.

I think it only right to congratulate Alex Horne, the author of the piece, for a great article, as well as thank my Editorial for the effort they put in when they could have so easily written another food article.

Jill SmithJune 24th 2012.

I cannot speak for the students involved, I only know through casual discussion that several of my coursemates feel this way. Hence I am not in any position to suggest that the article should be removed - particularly as I feel any coverage of the degree show is better than no coverage, whether credited or not!

Many students on the courses have created profiles with contact information, links and images at http://www.degreeshow.mmu.ac.uk./2012/courses/

Perhaps it would be useful to direct readers to this page to find out more about the work.

Names were displayed beside work at the show, as is the norm for exhibitions of this type. I can only advise that it would be good practice in future for reporters/photographers to note down artists as they document an exhibition so they can be properly credited.

Mark GarnerJune 24th 2012.

Happy to leave your link there Jill.

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