The latest news from our course:
BA (Hons) Fine Art alumni, Emma McKinney, tells us about life after university…
Emma graduated from the BA (Hons) Fine Art course at AUB in 2015. Since March 2016, she has been working at Eastside Projects, an artist-run organisation based in a gallery in Birmingham.
In April, first year BA (Hons) Fine Art students visited Athens, Greece.
This was an opportunity for students to attend Documenta, one of the biggest international art fairs that only happens every five years. For the first time in Documenta’s history, the fair is taking place in both Athens and Kassel. Originally stemming from Kassel in Germany, the art fair aimed to expand it’s horizons and try to bridge cultural and social-political issues between Greece and Germany.
In February 2017, students from BA (Hons) Fine Art visited Poland for a residential study trip.
Each year, the Fine Art course offers opportunities for students to attend a residential study trip at a low cost. Previous year’s students have been to Madrid, Venice, Antwerp, Milan, Berlin and Poland.
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.
Final year BA (Hons) Fine Art student Patrycja Pluta has been working with Social Media company, Media Lounge, in a bid to find the importance of likes.
Patrycja’s work opens questions towards the importance of social media and in particular, the importance of the Facebook like. In a Black Mirror-esque style, Patrycja has been working with local social media company Media Lounge who have been using Patrycja’s work as if it were a marketing product, as a way of researching their clients needs.
Inspired by mid-century design, interiors, and folk art, Matthew Gough’s work explores painterly language and how this can be used to visually describe a space. Ennui, absence and loneliness are key themes; other ideas that inform his practice include material culture, nostalgia, and play.
On Friday 31st March, The Noematic Collective held a sonic takeover in the Drawing Studio at Arts University Bournemouth.
Sian Hutchings, Graduate in Residence for BA (Hons) Fine Art, founded the collective after starting a sound group open to all students within AUB.
What could it mean to make art for billions of years in the future?
BA (Hons) Fine Art Senior Lecturer Andy Weir aims to find out, b addressing this question through the deep time of Plutonium. Andy’s video work is to be shown in two upcoming events.
Putting Edge is an exciting new project which brings artist-designed mini golf to the heart of Bournemouth for the first time.
BA (Hons) Fine Art students have been given the opportunity to create and exhibit their own sculptures, in this temporary re-design of the town’s Lower Gardens Miniature Golf Course. The students will be working alongside internationally renowned artist and crazy golf specialist Doug Fishbone, who has previously presented an art crazy golf course at the Venice Biennale in 2015 featuring some of Britain’s leading artists such as Yinka Shonibare MBE. Fishbone has also designed courses with artists such as Jake and Dinos Chapman and David Shrigley.
Fine Art graduate in residence, Sian Hutchings, recently ran a workshop entitled ‘A Composition for Drawing’ for students from Richmond College, along with final year student, Joseff Morgan.
Sian tells us more about the event: “After the success of running the sonic journals workshop for South Downs College, I was asked to run a fine art/illustration based workshop for art students from Richmond College.
Third year BA (Hons) Fine Art students will hold an art auction to raise money for their London degree show, with donations from John Baldessari, Jeremy Deller and many more.
The auction will be held on 16 March 2017 from 6-9pm in the Refectory with a silent auction that will feature students’ donated work and a hammer auction with works donated from established artists including work from the Fine Art course team.
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.