Wow! What a fantastic degree show. After all the hard work and energy that went into the conversion of studios into exhibitions over the last month – not to mention the brilliant achievement of having created the work itself – we hope our final year students are recovering from the celebrations marking the culmination of their three years of degree study.
To mark the end of the year, Falmouth School of Art hosts an awards ceremony; a chance for third year students to come together with their peers and tutors to reflect and to celebrate one another, before joining wider friends and family for the official opening of their degree shows. The Awards recognise Outstanding Achievement, Studentship and Dissertation in all our subjects; announcement is also made of the recipients of a raft of residencies arranged by Falmouth School of Art with external partners, to provide graduating students with further opportunities to test their work in public contexts and to network with other artists.
Thank you to all our students and tutors for making this such a celebratory occasion, and we hope you all enjoyed your evening and one another’s exhibitions as much as we did.
Here we share with you some scenes from our end of year awards and the degree shows opening – thank you for your support this year.
(Class of 2018 – please get in touch if you want a high-res version of your photo).
The studios are cleared, third years have moved in with paint, tools and the labours of their final year and are already transforming the spaces into what promises to be a diverse and vibrant degree show from Falmouth School of Art this year.
Students of BA(Hons) Drawing, BA(Hons) Fine Art and BA(Hons) Illustration will open their shows to the public on Friday 25 May, including a launch that evening, 6-9pm, all welcome. As well as final degree work from our third years, separate exhibitions will showcase work from our first and second year BA(Hons) Illustration and BA(Hons) Drawing students.
The shows will be open as follows:
Friday 25 May, 10-4pm
Friday 25 May 6-9pm exhibition launch, all welcome
Saturday 26 May 10-4pm
Sunday 27 May 10-4pm
Monday 28 May (bank holiday) 10-4pm
Tuesday 29 May 10-4pm
Wednesday 30 May 10-4pm
Get the dates in your diaries and we’ll see you in three weeks!
The London show case exhibition, now in its fourth year, was a great success. The gallery was set in a vibrant part of the city, within walking distance of Tate Modern, Borough Market and White Cube in Bermondsey. It drew new audiences through a wide range of passers-by.
The work selected sat in a rather Gothic setting under an old railway arch, with dripping painted grey walls and a range of large sofas and chairs. This didn’t detract from the artwork, but provided a new narrative for the work to respond to. George Stone and Tabitha Tohill Reid’s work sat in a large bathroom area adjacent to the main exhibition room breathing life into an uncomfortable space. The artwork selected had a powerful presence in the space.
Artist Graham Gussin met the selected artists in the gallery space to lead a group critique. This was a valuable experience, enabling our recent graduates to participate in a challenging discussion about their work. The short but focused opportunity that the London showcase provides has been met with enthusiasm by all involved, including the staff team who thoroughly enjoy spending time in settings such as this with our most recent completing cohort of fine artists.
We’re making preparations for our fourth London showcase of selected BA(Hons) Fine Art student work, which we are delighted to announce will take place at Underdog Art Gallery from 1-3 July 2016.
Exhibiting students will be selected from the BA(Hons) Fine Art degree shows, which students are currently preparing, by critic and curator Sacha Craddock. The show will be curated by artist and Falmouth Associate Lecturer Jesse Leroy Smith. We’ll share the list of selected exhibitors soon after 31 May.
A private view of the exhibition will take place 7-9:30 on 30 June, with an alumni happy hour from 6-7pm the same night. We’re again looking forward to former students connecting with current students and comparing notes on life after Falmouth Fine Art!
Falmouth Fine Art London 2015, at London’s Embassy Tea Gallery, London, presented work from Falmouth School of Art’s BA(Hons) Fine Art degree show. The work was selected by art critic and curator Sacha Craddock and curated by artist Jesse Leroy Smith.
Lucy Bainbridge, Gallery Director at Embassy, spoke of how impressed she was with the standard of work on show, liking the exhibition to an MA rather than a BA showcase.
The D&AD New Blood Graduate Showcase was held this week. BA(Hons) Illustration’s Nigel Owen and Sue Clarke set the show up earlier in the day in what can only be described as tropical conditions. The Falmouth stand was up and looking good just after lunch giving staff and students a chance to have a look at other stands. The overall standard is very good this year with what seems like more illustration on show than in previous years.
The private view kicked off at 6pm and almost immediately industry clients began to show interest in the work on show by Falmouth students. Well done to all the students that attended for their professionalism.
As part of Falmouth Fine Art London, we will welcome alumni of BA(Hons) Fine Art, for an Alumni Happy Hour; and exhibiting artists will benefit from an in situ crit with artist and former Falmouth Visiting Professor of Fine Art, Cornelia Parker.
BA(Hons) Drawing, which has its first graduating cohort this year, hosts an exhibition of first and second year student work in Falmouth this week.
Late opening (6-9pm) on Friday 13th June, will coincide with the opening of the Falmouth School of Art’s Degree Show, which will include work on display at the Falmouth Campus at Woodlane by our final year students in BA(Hons) Drawing, BA(Hons) Fine Art and BA(Hons) Illustration.
The work of BA(Hons) Drawing students will also be exhibited in London at the RKB Gallery in Southwark from 27 June to 4 July.
Huge congratulations to Edward Hill, final year BA(Hons) Fine Art student, who has been selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014. This is a fantastic achievement for Edward, and will no doubt put him in an excellent position to continue his practice after graduation from Falmouth.
Edward Hill, Standing On A Rock
Edward, who also completed his Foundation in Art and Design at Falmouth, says, “I aim to make atmospheric paintings, imbued with an elusive mystery and warmth. Sketches from life, personal photographs, found photographs, references to painting history and memory can all inform an idea. An ongoing theme references faraway places, be it in memories of childhood pursuits or from travels. I am drawn to subjects which contain strangeness or a humour/tragic-comic element.”
Three of Edward’s paintings have been chosen for New Contemporaries. These, together with his new work, will be on display at the BA(Hons) Fine Art Degree Show in Falmouth in June. Edward’s work will also appear in an exhibition with Brian Cheeswright (winner of the Marmite Prize for Painting 2013) at Idea Store in London running from 9 October to 9 November, 2014.
Edward has also been selected to exhibit in a group show, Paint Like You Mean It, at Interview Room 11 (IR11) in Edinburgh during May 2014, and has been long-listed for a publication by the same gallery for his work Jumping Cholla (oil on linen, 2013).