Summer Show now Work in Progress
Published Wednesday 29th June 2011
The University of Northampton’s School of The Arts Summer Shows of work by graduating Art and Design students were formally opened by Vice Chancellor Professor Nick Petford.
The Summer Shows have attracted hundreds of visitors to Avenue Campus.
Some of the work on display at the Summer Show will continue to be on show at the Work in Progress exhibition currently running at Avenue Campus Gallery until 8 July - this exhibition comprises individual submissions from academics who teach in different subject areas across the School of The Arts and who are research-active. One of the standout pieces is a group of three wall-mounted sculptures describing linear form by Russell Bamber, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art (Foundation). They are based on the forms of jointed drinking straws, and project out from the wall to create a complex interplay with their cast shadows - but, rather than humble plastic, the straws are made from 16 carat gold.
Entry to Work in Progress is free and the exhibition is open to the public Mondays-Fridays 10am-4pm.
The Shows this year form part of an extended Arts Season of events running from late Spring through to September, celebrating the work of students throughout the School of The Arts in a series of on- and off-site exhibitions, music and drama performances, and the recent Graduate Fashion Show.
The Division of Fine Art at The University of Northampton is known for encouraging students to develop a unique balance of critical, practical and creative skills and abilities, whether they choose to join the broad-based Fine Art degree programme or the more media-specific BAs in Photographic Practice or Fine Art Painting and Drawing.
Selected work from the Summer Show will be on display at the J Gallery in Moulton, Northamptonshire until 30 July. After that, 30 students will be taking their work to Free Range, the UK's largest graduate art and design show, at the Old Truman Brewery in London from 21-25 July. And finally, the Arts Season draws to a close in September with the MA Fine Art Show which will be taking place in the Walgrave Studios at Avenue Campus from 19-24 September. Seven students will be exhibiting their work, and, in keeping with the School's ethos, the strength of the exhibition is expected to be its diversity in style, approach and media.