Five arts graduates from 2014/15 will be exhibiting new work as part of this year’s Create Festival.
The graduates are all participants on the pilot School of Arts & Media and Office of University Advancement Graduate Scholarship Programme. Working with our partners Islington Mill and ArtWork Atelier in Salford and Castlefield Gallery in Manchester each of the participants has received financial support as well as mentoring and guidance from established artists and arts professionals over the past 12 months
Throughout the festival, new work made since graduation will be displayed at Allerton Studios by fine artists Willow Rowlands, Lizzie King, Yamama Al K Kharsan ,Rika Jones and Meg Woods. Work includes a human-sized camera by Lizzie King, created in collaboration with Craig Tattersall, that allows visitors to stand inside the camera and not only view the pictures it is taking but also get an insight into the photographical process. Furthermore Meg Woods will invite audiences to participate in her installation A Wasted Vote, inspired by the recent General Election and Rika Jones will be exhibiting a sculpture entitled Rib Monster 1.
Sam Ingleson, Senior Lecturer Visual Arts says:
“It is great to see how the artists on the scheme have developed their practice over this last year; you can really see the progression from their undergraduate work, when you look at the group exhibition they are taking part in.”
Each of the artists will donate an artwork, or documentation to the University Art Collection. Lindsay Taylor, Art Curator says “It is really important that we support and nurture artists at the beginning of their careers. It is all too easy to give up when there are bills to pay. This pilot scheme has enabled these artists to continue practising and to develop their professional networks. By gifting a work to the University Collection we will have a permanent legacy of the project, and some really great artworks too!”
The 5 successful candidates for the second year of the programme will be announced on Wednesday 17th May at the private view.
Create Salford 2015
Create Salford 2015 will be officially opened by Chancellor Jackie Kay MBE on Wednesday 17 June at 5.45pm at MediaCityUK.
Taking place at our MediaCityUK and Allerton campuses over four days, 17 – 20 June, colleagues are invited to come and support our students at this fabulous showcase of their skills, dedication and hard work. It will feature a huge range of performances, live music, student journalism and media award ceremonies, a fashion runway show and a range of other exciting events and installations.
MediaCityUK campus will be hosting graphic design, animation, and gaming showcases, alongside theatre and comedy performances, live music, and film screenings.
At Allerton there will be visual arts, photography and design showcases as well the Graduate Scholarship Exhibition in partnership with Islington Mill, Artwork Atelier and Castlefield Gallery.
The Degree Show will be open to the public from 18 - 23rd June at MediaCityUK, and Allerton (with the exception of Sun 21 Jun when the University is closed).
Preview at MCUK opening at 5pm, Wed 17 June.
Preview at Allerton Studios opening at 6pm, Wed 17 June.