9 Degrees Northwest exhibition at UCLan

Posted on - 10th September, 2009 - 8:01pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, What's On in Preston

9 Degrees Northwest artistsTake the opportunity to view challenging and contemporary art at the University of Central Lancashire at the MA Fine Art Show ‘9 Degrees Northwest’ in the studios of the Hanover Building on Kirkham Street, and at the Centre for Contemporary Art at 37 St. Peter Street, opposite the Library, opens on Saturday 12th September.


The exhibition brings together innovative and imaginative work in painting, photography, performance and film, and shows the creativity and diversity of the work produced by MA students Caroline Black, Cherry Bai Shan Shan, Colin Binns, James Loftus, Keith Roberts, Jonathan Moss, Rachel Riggs, Steph Hurst, and Denise Swanson.

The MA Fine Art course at Preston is unique in that it offers students the opportunity to follow one of two pathways in studying and making contemporary art – studio practice and site & archive intervention.

Pete Clarke, the course leader, explains:

The pathway in Studio Practice is designed to encourage new artwork in a range of materials and processes, whilst the Site and Archive Intervention pathway promotes issue based and socially engaged work.

Lubaina Himid, Professor of Contemporary Art at UCLan says:

Working with this group of creative practitioners in Site and Archive Intervention has been a stimulating experience. They have succeeded in connecting people with places. Each separate project demonstrates a development of ideas around audience engagement that is both inventive and subtle. They have all experienced and made the most of an intense period of academic investigation and visual research during the past two years. This has enabled each of them to make numerous informed decisions about place, memory, space, community, materials, history and installation. Each has grappled with the bureaucracy of revealing hidden and neglected histories while devising innovative and creative ways to contextualise their findings

During the past year some parts of this work have been tested in a public context: all four projects have excellent potential for collaborative development in a professional arena and are ready to be extended and expanded further at a national and even international level.

The exhibition is open to the public on Saturday 12th September 11am-5pm and from 14 to17 September between 10.00am and 5pm daily. Admission is free.

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