Avenue Gallery offers a diverse and contemporary programme of temporary exhibitions which reflects the range of activities and academic ambitions within the School of the Arts. As well as showcasing student work and staff research, Avenue Gallery hosts regular exhibitions by established artists which demonstrate the University's engagement with the wider cultural and academic community. The University also houses the Osborne Robinson Collection of historic posters.
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Exhibitions at Avenue Gallery are open to the public during the specified hours, but access to the Osborne Robinson Poster Collection archive is by appointment only.
- 19 — 26 September 2017 *on now
Please note that this exhibition takes place in the Walgrave studios on Avenue Campus, NOT Avenue Gallery itself.
‘Eight’ is an exhibition of work by eight students who are graduating from the MA Fine Art Programme at the University of Northampton this September. It represents the culmination of works, theories, and thinking that has developed over the period of study and acts as a platform to showcase their individual methodologies within a Fine Art arena.
This is a very important time for post graduates students who have furthered their concepts, skills, and critical engagement within the arts, enabling ambitions that will take them further within an academic environment or beyond the University. It is a time for the artists to see the diversity of works together in a professional exhibition context.
Dr Craig Staff, Reader in Fine Art and Course Leader for the MA Fine Art commented:
‘The MA Fine Art exhibition in September represents a significant moment for the eight students who will be showing work. Not only does it represent the culmination of their industry, experimentation and exploration whilst they have been studying on the course, it also marks the point at which they have the prerequisite skills, resources, and creativity to function independently as artists within various cultural contexts. Whilst the exhibition is on, visitors will be able to see a range of approaches and engagement across media, discipline, and technique. As professional artists, I await with keen interest the impact they all will no doubt have on the future landscape of contemporary art.’
Kuan Yan, an artist who gives the viewer a chance to feel discombobulated within a space of optical illusions.
Kayleigh Twort’s work explores the physicality of materials through sculpture, using disposable materials to create form, body, and mass.
Provocative works by Natasha Toms engages with the unconscious placing of imagery creating work suggestive of a historical context.
Cosmina Boeriu is interested in the notion of painting and creating particular surfaces likened to the Expressionists’ genre of painting, furthermore questioning the traditional format of presentation.
Palak Rana invites us to engage with a ‘field’ of work imbued with cultural references. A specific work is in the making for the private view (19th Sept) that will result in lighting collections of matches using the transformation as a conduit for meaning.
The aesthetics of the charred matches presented for the private view, may well create a conversation quite naturally to the work of Sarah Janivicus. An installation of a recumbent Hornbeam tree commands attention and thought through the symbolic reference and poetry of the tree.
Anna Sofia Restrepo Arango is using a particular support and method of presentation for her elegant drawings that explore a personal dialogue with the warp and weft of items of textiles.
Finally Sharon Read has occupied a certain area of the exhibition and offers the viewer to be immersed within her installation of handmade bricks considering the impermanence of the self.
EVENT AND VENUE DETAILS
W14, Walgrave Stiudio Block
University of Northampton
St Georges Avenue Northampton
Private View on the 19 Sept 2017 6-9pm
Exhibition open daily 10am-4pm from the 20th Sept – 26th September 2017
RESOURCES AND LINKS
The University of Northampton Avenue Campus
W14, Walgrave Studios
St. George's Avenue
Point to Point
- 25 September — 12 October 2017 *on now
Point to Point brings together new work by Sophie Cero, Luke Harby and Pauline Wood which has been made during their residencies in the fine art studios at the University of Northampton. The title of the show alludes to this connection, as well as themes of travel or journeys that are implicit in much of the work; but also suggests the points of divergence between these three quite different artists.
The work was made during the artists’ participation in the Artists Access to Art Colleges (AA2A) scheme within the University’s Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology during the academic year 2016-17. AA2A is a national scheme that encourages early-career artists to work alongside current students, offering opportunities for informal mentoring and sharing of their experiences in building a career within the wider art community, in exchange for access to workshops and specialist equipment to enable them to realise a specific project or new body of work.
As a photographer, Luke Harby made use of the University’s traditional dark-room facilities to print from 4x5 inch negatives for the first time. His work explores concepts of scale; “I’ve shot huge things and made them look tiny. I’ve taken close ups of models of familiar items and scanned them at large resolutions (and then often reshot them)”. Here he presents a series of studio photographs of paper models of icebergs, printed in contrasting sizes to further explore these ambiguities.
Printmaker Pauline Wood presents two suites of work under the title The Fourteen Stations of the Cross. Both bodies of work use the rituals and processes of printmaking to investigate themes of accumulation and materiality in a series of unique images, while their installation in the gallery focuses on the encounter between the work and the viewer in that specific environment.
Sophie Cero also based herself within the printmaking workshops but used them to develop her interest in using the medium’s inherent reproducibility as a means of finding a wider distribution for her work outside of a conventional gallery setting. Her project ‘w/hole story’, based on a series of potholes found in a track near Fermynwood Contemporary Art’s Sudborough Green Lodge in the Northamptonshire countryside, culminated in the development of an artist book which could be used to guide walkers around the site.
The exhibition allows all three artists to present the outcomes of these projects for the first time, testing the end results against their original ideas and perhaps forming the basis for their next steps on their respective career paths.
Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology
The University of Northampton
St. George's Avenue