Artists studying at Swindon College have are displaying their work in the town centre for seven weeks
Ella May, studying her final year of the B.A. Fine Art: Drawing for Fine Art practice and Beatrice Markopoulou, studying M.A. Fine Art: Drawing for Fine Art practice have taken the initiative to organise different themes for the seven weeks including an Open Call Valentine’s special ‘side by side’.
Ella and Beatrice are joined by artist Jake Stark a post-graduate from the B.A. Fine Art: Drawing for Fine Art practice and George Ciora, who has just finished his M.A. in the Fine Art Drawing course.
Ella, who has been very ‘hands- on’ with the project and taken a strong role in the organising, will focus her displays around the connection and mix between installation and art and how they link together.
She says: “It’s great to show the public our work and we are already learning and changing our displays around and getting the space exactly how we want it. We are continuing to draw and prepare our work so the unit will develop and expand with art.”
Beatrice, whose work at the Brunel concentrates on exploring language and music, investigating how they connect and capture the pitches of each, is looking forward to the next few weeks hoping to create an art trail starting from this project.
Julie Smith, Fine Art Lecturer, says: “Beatrice and Ella have taken an initiative that is something we want to celebrate in the School of Art, to take the ’creative’ act from the College to the Brunel centre, via an empty shop.It is also good to see one of our post-graduates taking a fundamental role.
"They are giving the people of Swindon and beyond an opportunity to join in and become involved. This will allow the residency/temporary artist studio to be something that will give individuals and groups the possibility to engage.”
They will be joined by guest local resident artists throughout the project.
Private viewings are being held every Thursday at 5.30pm to celebrate each theme.
They are also holding a Clothed Life Drawing Event on 10 March and Group Critiques on 17 February and 17 March.
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For more information on Art courses at Swindon College, please phone 0800 731 2250 or visit www.swindon-college.ac.uk