Utopia and dystopia at Kestle Barton

Students from BA(Hons) Fine Art, BA(Hons) Architecture and BA(Hons) Creative Writing came together for a 1 day collaborative project at Kestle Barton, a rural centre for contemporary art on Frenchman’s Creek in Cornwall.

Students explored themes of utopia and dystopia in the current show Kestle Barton exhibition, Togetherness: Notes on Outrage. Curator Ben James opened up questions for debate relating to a post industrial landscape; students discussed the themes in small groups before setting out into the landscape of Kestle Barton and its beautiful gardens to make artworks in response to place.

Students took a documentary approach, walking though the landscape gathering a sense of the environment, generating fiction and narrative about Kestle Barton. In small, mixed discipline teams, recording the soundscape of place with high-tech sound equipment that picked up frequencies within the earth, students walked, talked, made drawings, collected sound and film footage which informed their discussions about their relationship to place and site. BA(Hons) Fine Art Senior Lecturer Lucy Willow, said ‘The warm autumn day provided the perfect opportunity for students to explore the possibilities of working off campus, away from the studio, with students from different creative subjects, finding common ground within their practice’.

BA(Hons) Fine Art student Alex Maclachlan shared some thoughts about the day…

‘Kestle Barton was a very refreshing experience for me, and I am very grateful to have gone. The idea that we would be exploring the theme of Utopia/Dystopia throughout is what drew my initial interest in the trip and yet the day turned out to have many more advantages than just aiding me in my current practice. For some time I’ve been eager to partner up with students on other courses at Falmouth, and [this study visit] extended me the opportunity to do just that…By the end of the day, some really interesting collaborative work had been produced among creative writers, architects and fine artists. We were exceedingly lucky with the weather, and the gentle conversation among students, tutors and Kestle Barton staff was all the more effortless because of it. We talked as we walked about the gardens in the sun, enjoyed the homemade lunch provided, all on top of the time dedicated to serious discussion…it was lovely to indulge in casual debate away from the elevated pressure you might find on campus or perhaps the more serious atmosphere you may find in the studio. This was an experience that I would happily participate in again’.

On at Kestle Barton until 4 November 2017, Togetherness: Notes on Outrage celebrates the pioneering work of the architecture critic Ian Nairn, whose 1955 edition of Architectural Review, entitled Outrage, revolutionised architectural criticism. For Outrage, Nairn traveled across England observing and documenting the urban sprawl and ubiquitous civic architecture. Broken into 25-mile segments, Outrage proposes an audit of every facet of subtopian aesthetics, covering subjects ranging from wire fencing, telegraph poles and street lights, to military installations and power stations, culminating in a manifesto and checklist of planning malpractices.

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Illustration students collaborate with local school children to create exciting mural

Lucy Rivers, Sonja Burniston and Iola McCorkindale, BA(Hons) Illustration students at Falmouth were given the opportunity to work with a local School, Truro Learning Academy, to create a mural for their School during the Summer break.

Lucy said of the project “Once we got a small brief from Jon (Thrive Lead – Senior Leader at Truro), we went into the school to work with the children to generate some ideas on Friendship, Trees and Murals…It was such an amazing learning experience and we have made some really fantastic friends over at Truro Learning Academy.

Jon was so generous, on the last day, Iola, Sonja and I were all invited into assembly and we were given flowers and a gift card and all the children sang for us, it was so lovely, hopefully we can work with them again on future projects!”

To find out more about what our Illustration students are up to at Falmouth, head over to the Illustration course blog here

Sophie Wright, BA(Hons) Fine Art student – new exhibition

Final year BA(Hons) Fine Art student Sophie Wright, has and exhibition opening in Penryn on 5 August, with fellow artist and student Rebecca Pearce-Davies. Heretics of the Mundane runs until 26 August, and all are welcome to the Private View from 6pm on 4 August.

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Crafting the Cathedral – BA(Hons) Contemporary Crafts Exhibition

 

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‘Crafting the Cathedral’ brings together for exhibition contemporary craft artefacts, created and designed as a personal response to Truro Cathedral by invited third year students from Falmouth’s BA(Hons) Contemporary Crafts course.

The responses to Truro Cathedral – its stunning architecture, history and purpose as a place of worship – has led to an engaging mix of small and large-scale art works.

BA(Hons) Contemporary Crafts has long worked closely with a range of external partners, exploring new ways of engaging audiences with objects and places.

‘It’s been a really important, demanding, yet rewarding challenge to create interpretive objects that live up to the building, the people and items that live there’, says Jason Cleverly, Senior Lecturer on the course. ‘Many of the Cathedral’s artefacts carry great metaphorical power and some fascinating and unusual stories – we hope you will enjoy the students’ responses to the building’.

crafting-the-cathedral-posterTruro Cathedral is keen to provide opportunities for students to creatively explore the building, its artefacts and how it is connected to the wider community.

Kirsten Gordon, Education & Schools Officer, commented, ‘We have found the students’ approach to their brief to be interesting and incredibly varied, demonstrating technical skill and creativity. It is a valuable experience for us to see with fresh eyes the many different facets of cathedral life which speak on so many more levels than we perhaps see at first glance’.

Lizzie Arthur, Truro Cathedral’s Education and Interpretation Officer and graduate of the Contemporary Crafts course added, ‘We hope that our visitors enjoy the students’ personal responses to Truro Cathedral. Such exhibitions challenge the audience to look more closely at the familiar, inspiring both the cathedral community and our visitors’.

Crafting The Cathedral is on at Truro Cathedral, 2-16 February (Monday-Saturday 10-15, Sunday 12-4) Entry is free.

First years present – “BAD Drawing”

 

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The first exhibition of works by Falmouth University’s current first year BA(Hons) Drawing students.

This show reveals the process and product of first year studies of BA(Hons) Drawing at Falmouth University. With the view that drawing remains an important part of contemporary art practice and wider culture as a whole, these students have adopted a broad and in-depth perspective to demonstrate unique insight into drawing practice today.

Curated entirely by the students, there will be over 30 works, displaying a wide variety of technical and cultural influences.

Zoe Pearce and Falmouth School of Art receive awards from the British Art Medal Society

Medal Front side

© Zoe Pearce, front of medal

One of our BA(Hons) Fine Art students, Zoe Pearce, recently received the Tin Plate Company prize from the British Art Medal Society for her medal design It is July on the Moorlands: Took the wrong path when descending a 520-metre high sandstone hill.

Zoe describes her work below:

“Since entering the 2015 BAMS Student Medal competition, I really enjoyed learning the medal making progress, as well as the concept behind the medal. I have therefore continued medal making, incorporating it alongside my painting practice as well as going on to enter the 2016 BAMS Student Medal competition.

My artistic practice explores the relationship we have to the natural world, creating artworks that encourage viewers to reflect upon their understanding and observation of the physical world that surrounds us; but it isn’t without experiencing elements of the natural world for myself that I am able to understand our reality within it. Through walking within the landscape I am exposing myself to the elements of weather, light, change in temperature, and sense of space, that are all qualities of nature that have begun to inform the creation of my art medal.

In my work so far, it has been the vast and desolate British Moorland that has provided me with much of my inspiration, revealing that through my experience of walking through such open ground it is hard not to feel small and alone when surrounded by what seems such infinite space. The medal presents a place where I have walked within the landscape on one side, and the reverse featuring a figure, which is a representation of myself, which if placed on the side of the landscape would be positioned looking out into the distance. Although the subtle bronze landscape might not appear obvious to anyone where this place is, I still have no intention on giving away the exact location, instead, I have used the title in which to hint but not tell, supplying the viewer with a poetic fact of the landscape combined with an aspect of my experience there.”

Medal Reverse side

© Zoe Pearce, reverse of medal

It has also been announced that the 2016 BAMS President Medal will be awarded to Falmouth School of Art.  The BAMS President Medal is awarded annually to individuals and organisations who have made significant contributions to the understanding, appreciation and encouragement of the art of the medal.

2nd Year BA(Hons) Fine Art Shows

Please join us to view the Second Year BA(Hons) Fine Art Shows, currently exhibiting on the Falmouth Campus in the Project Space.

From painting to performance, from sculpture to sewing, this exhibition guarantees a wide range of displayed practices from all mediums and methods.

Work from 2nd Year students have been separated into three individual groups, works will be exhibited for a limited time of one week each until another set of works are revealed.  This constant change from show to show will keep viewers on their toes as they begin to decipher the distinctive individuality of each practising artist, as well as understanding their collated bond as an exhibiting year group. Come along and find out for yourself.

Second Year Fine Art shows