So as it came to the end of the year for the course, the first years were asked to dispay their works in their spaces, and did so with some really great outcomes.
The second years ran six exhibitions, with five running as part of an arts festival and the other in the studio alongside a local group artists. Each were incredibly successful and recieved a huge amount of interest from the public as well as visiting artists.
Below are the exhibitions:
DEADEYE DICK: http:/
GOD BLESS YOU MR ROSEWATER: http:/
THE SIRENS OF TITAN: http:/
The third years have now finished the set up of their degree show ready for assessment, before exhibiting as part of the university on the 29th May - it's definetley worth a visit.
I've finished at Sheffield College, I think. My six month are over and I assume that's it. My solo show in Red Gallery / Hull that contains the objects I cast in white soap look magical. The other two works are three house structures only big enough for one person to be in it containing a shelf with a different question in each house that connects to 'home'. On the shelf are also white soap houses for people to take home as a thank you for sharing their thoughts responding to the questions.
In the third room is a sound composition made out of responses to the question 'what does home mean to you'. The sound of the recording spills through all three gallery rooms and acts as an invisible tigh and so do the materials soap and OSB boards.
This exhibition forms a good end to my AA2A time at the college as in the college itself I felt I wasn't really noticed. It was a strange experience.
Pic of the Week: Coventry University's AA2A Student Rep Chidera Ugada's image from his Dotbiz album 'The Outcasted (2015)':
You can see more of Chidera's work on his Dotbiz page.
Tip of the Week from AA2A artists to students (as featured in our self-employment talks): "Be inspired by other artists but develop your own unique visual language and themes." Jane Barwood, AA2A 2013-14, Liverpool Hope University.
Other News: AA2A have been attending the CHEAD symposium 'What's the point of Employability in Art and Design' today.
Lots of exciting AA2A exhibitions about to take place over the next few weeks. Don't forget to send us your fliers and we'll give you a mention where we can.
The AA2A Team (Wendy, Georgia & Jo)
In the composition of the Fiona Green charger I have included three objects from the York Museums ceramic collection, these are a Thomas Toft tyg (YORYM:2001.8239), a Merete Rasmussen sculpture and a curious object which was sitting on a bench one day when I visited the stores of which I have no further information. All of the images of the teasers shown here are at the pre final firing stage, the images have been painted directly onto the unfired tin white glaze and will be subject to change as the piece is fired.
Three objects from the York Museums Trust ceramics collections.
Karen in the studios at York college painting the Fiona Green charger.
Computer tower on the desk of the YMT stores.
So there I was, smugly watching all the third years` stressing as they prepared their degree show. Then Rachelle sweetly drops the bombshell. "Would you like to exhibit alongside the students ?" Panic stations. Walls to tape & emulsion, power, lighting, select work, framing, hanging. I must say its a really great gesture from Coventry & us AA2A ers are grateful. Now I remember what it feels like, just glad we don`t get marked. Do we ?
The first charger I've made in response to York Art Gallery's ceramics collection is featuring Fiona Green, the collection facilitator for art. My charger takes direct reference from a delftware charger decorated with a portrait of Queen Anne. This piece dates from the 1700 -1720 period.
Queen Anne Charger, York Museums Trust (YORYM:2000.2672)
Fiona Green, Collection facilitator for art, York Museums Trust.
Well I`ve made another of my instant response films which I`m pretty sure will be going viral like the previous one ( 11 views ! ).
Do have a look www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Gnwi0CjA-c
Pic of the Week: University of Hertfordshire's AA2A artist Landon Peck's image 'Fortitude' from his Dotbiz album 'Biomimicry Study'.
You can see more of Landon's work on his Dotbiz page
Other news: A big, big thank you to those of you who have already sent us your end of scheme evaluations. Please keep them coming as your feedback really can make a difference!
The AA2A Team (Wendy, Georgia & Jo)
During March and April I produced a few white earthenware chargers in the studios at college. They are pressmoulded over a hump mould (ah the joys of a slab roller! Yes plaese Santa). I'm bisque firing them without any decoration as I intend to paint majolica style directly on top of a tin white glaze, the first chargers will be painted with amaco velvet underglazes instead of oxides, this will create a vibrant contemporary style which should compliment my ideas of portraying modern scenes taken direct influence from the historical chargers in the collection of York Museums Trust.