Robert and Montague by PhD candidate Anastasia Wildig (oil on canvas, 2019) 39 x 32 inches
Welcome to our 2020 graduate and postgraduate exhibition.
I am pleased this year to introduce to you the work of 53 undergraduate and 11 postgraduate students.
The undergraduate exhibition represents the high point of our students’ achievement over three years of study. The work on this site was undertaken in the context of one module in the students’ final year. Only a selection is shown here. Work in portfolios, studies, sketchbooks, visual diaries and preparatory materials were also assessed.
BA Single Honours Fine Art and BA Creative Arts students undertook 40 credits of study, while BA Joint Honours Fine Art students took 30 credits of study.
Our postgraduate students are participating in the first of two exhibitions on their Masters program. It is intended as an interim statement of the development of technical, stylistic and conceptual skills.
When Semester 2 teaching commenced in February 2020, little could we have imagined that soon we would be overwhelmed by a global pandemic. Seven weeks into the semester, on March 23, the university along with much of the country went into full lockdown in order to contain the spread of Covid-19 virus.
Patient and cooperative during these unprecedented and uncertain times, our students understood the need for compromise. In some cases this necessitated a change of direction in their work as studios, print workshops and darkrooms closed.
I am extremely grateful to all students and staff of the School of Art who at short notice engaged so wholeheartedly with online teaching and the e-submission of assessed coursework.
It is, of course, very disappointing that we have been unable to stage our 2020 graduate exhibitions. For students and staff of the School of Art, the private view has traditionally been the high point of the academic calendar.
In its place, we are excited to bring you our first ever online graduate exhibition. I hope that you will find much of interest here and will feel able to share our website link as well as follow and promote us on social media.
Finally, I would like to thank “Team School of Art”, full- and part-time staff – academic, technical, curatorial and administrative – for their unceasing hard work and commitment. This year I would especially like to thank my colleagues Karen Westendorf and Neil Holland for staging this online exhibition.
I am sure my colleagues across the university, as well as virtual visitors to our 2020 shows, will join me in wishing our graduates all the very best in their future careers.
Best wishes, stay safe and keep in touch,
Professor and Head of School
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