Postgraduate students from The Arts University Bournemouth are preparing for their end of year show to be held on campus from the 2nd – 9th September.

The exhibition, entitled ‘Shift’, represents the culmination of a period of individually defined, research and practice from pathways in Fine Art, Costume, Photography, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interactive Media and Contemporary Performance. The individual practices reflect the interdisciplinary nature of postgraduate study at The Arts University Bournemouth and represent for each graduating student, the culmination of a meaningful, transformative and personal journey.

Work in the show includes an ethereal and emotive series of oil paintings by a fine artist who investigates the depiction of skin in painting, producing images that eliminate unnecessary detail and leave more breathing space for the viewer to work in their own interpretations; an illustrator who uses screen prints from the Internet and YouTube which, even if they reflect the production run of the mass-production of goods in the industry, have a hand-made character and a unique connection to the illustrator as the creator of the artworks; and a costume designer who investigates the complexity between architectural form and surreal sculpture and assemblage, creating objects by hand that resemble organic form using inorganic material such as carbon fibre and glass fibre, looking at the relationships between objects and the body in a subconscious form.

MA course leader Ronnie Inglis commented ‘The work of the 2011 graduating cohort maintains our experience of those previous in the high level of its ambition, commitment and impressive quality of production. What should be evident from the various and varied modes of practices described and illustrated, and displayed within the space of the gallery, is the over-arching significant characteristic of The Arts University Bournemouth’s MA programme, its interdisciplinary approach.?

The Arts University offers a full-time and part-time taught MA with pathways in Animation, Contemporary Performance, Costume, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interactive Media and Photography, with Fashion being added from 2011 (subject to validation).

‘Shift’ will be open daily from 10am to 4.30pm (closed on Sunday) with a late night opening until 8pm on Thursday 8th September. The Private View is on Thursday 1st September from 6pm – 8pm and there is an Open Day during the show on Tuesday 6th September from 12.30 – 3.30pm. Visitors interested in the Open Day can book online on the Arts University’s website.