Sian Hutchings is the current Graduate in Residence within the Fine Art Department.
She graduated last year from the BA course, having gained a First Class Honours, and was recently selected for the Regional Finals of the Platform Graduate Award by Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, for her graduate work The Composition of Sway. Her work features Sian conducting five musicians that she has worked with over a series of ‘sonic workshops’.
Sian’s practice is engaged with the notion of understanding environments through listening. She believes that even though the eye is ‘seen’ as the dominant sense, we can also learn a lot about our surroundings through listening.
The blog posts below record her journey as Graduate in Residence for Fine Art.
BA (Hons) Fine Art Graduate / Student / Staff Graduate in Residence Blog / Course news – Published 4th May 17
Fine Art Graduate in Residence, Sian Hutchings presented a workshop, as part of Sound of Memory Symposium along with The Noematic Collective from AUB, at Goldsmiths University.
The Sound of Memory Symposium explored creative works and ideas situated at the interface of composers working in acoustic ecologies and artists working within social ecologies, where the primary engagement is a form of sonic ethnography. The overarching thematic is an exploration of how individual and cultural memory resonates in the shaping of social space. The symposium explored the broad domain of acoustic ecologies and soundscape’s engagement in place.
BA (Hons) Fine Art Graduate / Staff Graduate in Residence Blog / Course news – Published 28th Feb 17
On 20th February, I had the opportunity to run a workshop along with BA (Hons) Fine Art Course Leader Richard Waring and two students helpers (Charles Pritchard & Joe Morgan) for 26 Japanese students from Kyoto University of Art and Design (KUAD).
The day started with a short presentation about the course from Course Leader Richard Waring.
BA (Hons) Fine Art Graduate / Staff Graduate in Residence Blog – Published 8th Feb 17
I was invited by Making Space (a community-based arts organisation) in Hampshire to talk about my practice at their bi-monthly networking lunch.
As the lead craft organisation in Hampshire and the only visual arts organisation funded by Hampshire County Council, Making Space initiates opportunities for new networks and partnership working to raise the profile of craft. This includes working with local arts organisations and contributing to regional and national developments around craft and community engagement.
BA (Hons) Fine Art Graduate / Workshop Graduate in Residence Blog – Published 8th Feb 17
Sonic workshop at Southdowns College
It was really exciting for me to have the chance to run a workshop with my old college class. I studied my Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at Southdowns college before coming to AUB and it was through that course that I became more aware of my future aspirations as a practicing artist. The art department at Southdowns is home to a superb set of lecturers that not only encouraged my educational development but also inspired me to pursue my aspirations.