This year marks the very last Fine Art exhibition at the University of Portsmouth as this long running and highly regarded course has ended and the final year graduates. The final six MA students are putting on an fascinating exhibition at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth this month, which the graduates plan on being a celebration of fine art at the university and the city.
The six students of differing ages and nationalities and tutor Ken Devine have been inspired by subjects as diverse as liminality, mindfulness, memory, possessions, anxiety, imagination, doodling, masquerade, gender politics, time and colour. The resultant work will include a wide range of media on show, from photography and painting to installations and video. It promises to be an interesting and exciting show in a great location.
One of the students is local Gosport artist Ailsa Brims who said “My work at the exhibition explores how we can all achieve some peace in our hectic lives. I was inspired by the route the Gosport Ferry takes across the harbour and an old ferry ticket I found in a deep pocket recently. Several of the pieces have a Gosport Ferry theme. The ferry company have been very supportive and have helped sponsor the event so we are very grateful to them.”
One of Ailsa’s exhibits is an interactive, electronic installation called “Being Present” which is a collaboration with technical specialist Bradley Hawkins which has already been awarded a special commendation by the University for the John Barable New Media Award.
The preview is on Friday 19th August at 7pm and since this is after normal opening hours at the Historic Dockyard, for security reasons, please book your (free) ticket here:
The exhibition will run, seven days a week from Saturday 20th August until Friday 2nd September from 10am – 5pm within Action Stations, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and admission is free.
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