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Student Exhibitions
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As a department we have many student events taking place, these go throughout the academic year and range from 1st year exhibitions to visits and masterclasses. These events are intended to broaden the student's skills, knowledge and understanding of practice.

Many of these events take place in the Cornerstone Gallery which in addition exhibits a wide range of national and international practitioners.

Please explore the various galleries to see what the department has been up to.

Ice Cream for Crow Exhibition

John Hyatt curated a multimedia exhibition of new work by emerging artists, from several Universities including Liverpool Hope University, as a part of the Captain Beefheart weekend, titled after one of Beefheart’s tracks, Ice Cream for Crow.

Fine Art students from Liverpool Hope University have been collaborating on artworks in ‘MAKE’ in Liverpool’s North Docks.

The Bluecoat Centre for Contemporary Art and other venues will host Liverpool's first Captain Beefheart weekend. Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet) was a Twentieth Century Visionary musician and artist. This project was developed over a number of years by Kyle Percy, independent curator; Chris McCabe, poet and Head

Librarian, National Poetry Library, Southbank Centre, London; and Bryan Biggs, Artistic Director of the Bluecoat Centre for Contemporary Art.

MA by Creative Practice Exhibition

On view in the Cornerstone Gallery at the Creative Campus is the Applied Art work of three Full-time MA students. Casey Cain (Ceramics), Lucy Cunningham (Jewellery), Emily Salter (Textiles)

The work of Part-time MA student Bridget Waters (Textiles and Ceramics) can be viewed at the Baltic Creative 49 Jamaica St, L1 0AH. Still viewable from Saturday 14th to Sunday 22nd October.9-5pm.

The work represents the culmination of creative research studies commenced in October 2016 and October 2015 respectively.

Year 2 & Year 3 - BA Design – ‘Live Projects’ outcomes 2017

Students from BA Design at Liverpool Hope University have been involved in working on two exciting live projects, Year 2 towards a brief with the Walker Art Gallery: ‘History in the Making’ and Year 3 in collaboration with John Lewis for their ‘loved & Found’ concept here at the Liverpool department store.

Although both projects are very different from each other, one being more historical based and the other embracing contemporary and bespoke design, both demonstrate links with commercial practice, engage wider audiences and involve students with a live experience of Professional Practice.

Both projects culminate towards the production of a series of outcomes in Textiles, Metal and Ceramics, creatively incorporating themes coupled with student’s individual personal research.

The work is on display here at John Lewis in Liverpool until 6th April 2017 and at the Walker Art Gallery 14th May 2017, highlighting the creative journey and outcomes.

Year 2 & 3 - BA Design – Setting the ‘Live Projects’

Students from BA Design are currently working on two exciting live projects, Year 2 are working to a brief with the Walker Art Gallery: ‘History in the Making’ and Year 3 are in collaboration with John Lewis for their ‘loved & Found’ concept at the Liverpool department store.

Although both projects are very different from each other, one being more historical based and the other embracing contemporary and bespoke design, both demonstrate links with commercial practice, engage wider audiences and involve students with a live experience of Professional Practice.

Both projects will result in the production of a series of outcomes in Textiles, Metal and Ceramics, creatively incorporating themes coupled with student’s individual personal research.

Exhibitions are planned in the new year for both projects at John Lewis, the Walker Art Gallery and The Cornerstone Gallery to showcase the creative journey and outcomes.

BA Design Year 1: ‘Work in progress’ Exhibition

This is a collection of work from the first year design students who have recently been involved in a series of short experimental projects exploring the material areas within the BA Design programme and the array of equipment available. Students have been introduced to using traditional media and techniques alongside the use of digital technologies which underpins this experimental diagnostic year.

Students in textiles, metal and ceramics have responded to themes of ‘personal identity through the use of process’, ‘creative typography’ and ‘repeat, duplicate and echo’ to form a body of work that is investigative and personal to them focusing on the use of materials, process and manipulation.

For many students these short projects have generated new ideas and research when starting their self-directed project, which students are now working towards, some works related to this enquiry are featured within this exhibition.

View the photographs from the exhibition

BA Fine Art Year 1: Training Induction at FACT

Forty-five First Year Fine Art Students attended induction training sessions at FACT earlier this year as part of the new HOPE+FACT Partnership Agreement, signed in December 2015 by the two institutions.

Students were taken through the use of cutting-edge new technologies, including the use of Raspberry Pi and Breadboard – as well as the beginning of the coding language – Linux, and an introduction to electronic programming. These skills relate, and will be applied to, projects in Installation and Sonic Art – Level C Fine Art Project Briefs.

BA Fine Art Year 1: Everton Park Project

Each year first year Fine Art students undertake a site-specific project in the public realm. The Department of Fine and Applied Art at Liverpool Hope University sits within close proximity to Everton Park - once the most densely populated area of the city - and a signifier of the city's history in relation to the role of the Docks and social housing and urban planning.

To develop an understanding of the history of the area students meet with current residents, representatives from a pro-active local community centre - The West Everton Community Council - and the author Ken Rogers, who grew up on the site of what is now Everton Park, and who published The Lost Tribes of Everton and Scottie Road.

The students are tasked with making a work in response to the history, topography, social significance and future plans for the Park. They carry the work to the site where it's installed for one day - when students engage in discussion with the public, park users and pupils from the local school.

BA Design Year 2: ‘Work in progress’ Exhibition

Below is a collection of works from the second year design students who have recently been involved in a live project with the Bluecoat Display Centre in Liverpool. Students had the privilege to be invited to take part in a handling session at The Bluecoat Display Centre investigating their collections and selected pieces from the exhibition: Re-reanimate, repair, meld and mend, curated by ceramicist Paul Scott.

Students in textiles, metal and ceramics have responded to the themes of ‘cultural connections’, ‘print stories’ and ‘contrasting textures’ to form a body of work that is investigative and personal to them focusing on the use of materials, process and manipulation.

For many students this project has generated new ideas and research when starting their self-directed project, which students are now working towards, some works related to this enquiry are featured within this exhibition.

A selection of students work is also being exhibited at The Bluecoat Display Centre which corresponds with the work here at the Cornerstone Gallery.

View the photographs of the project.

 

Ruth Ball

2nd & 3rd year students from the BA Design degree course had the great opportunity to undertake a masterclass with Ruth Ball. The students had a very inspiring day and are keen to take techniques learnt through to their work in the studio.

Ruth's making spans contemporary jewellery, fine silverware and unique artworks for public or private display. Observation of colour and light in everyday environments sustains her modern design style. Moreover her art based, painterly approach to enamelling underpins the elegant sense of beauty in her work. Today the conception of one off pieces and limited edition ranges are her prime focus, her collectible enamels are exhibited nationally & internationally.

Cornerstone festival

The Cornerstone Festival comprises of a week of events involving all departments across The Creative Campus. Students are presented with a timetable which details a full day to day schedule of workshops, presentations and masterclasses by visiting specialist practitioners and academic staff. This year Steve Strode and Paul Scott gave very impressionable masterclasses, this offers students an opportunity to experiment with new materials, processes and conceptual approaches to artistic production. The festival also encourages the cross fertilisation and collaboration between students across other disciplines housed in the Creative Campus. Keynote speakers have included Emeritus Professor of Design at London Goldsmiths University, John Wood, Artist Andrew Bick and Guardian Journalist, Holly Baxter.

View the photographs from the Steve Strode and Paul Scott masterclass.

Field Trips

Field Trips are integrated into the BA programmes and the Masters programmes as a means of broadening students experiences this may include group work projects. Trips might be to a specific site, event or the Universities study centre at Caerdeon in North Wales.

Ceramic Biennial

Students visited the International Ceramic Biennial in Stoke On Trent based at the historic Spode Factory with exhibitions, Installations, events, activities, shop and cafe concentrated in the vast and inspiring China Hall. November 2017 will see the next Ceramic Biennial event.

View the photographs from the visit.

Bluecoat Display Centre

The department has over many years established close links with the Bluecoat Display Centre and students from across Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels of study have benefited from this relationship.

This year we have introduced a new initiative with the introduction of a live brief for second year BA Design students.

There are many occasions when we visit the Bluecoat Display Centre as a department. This time was in conjunction with the start of a project, we worked closely with the Bluecoat Display Centre to design a project in conjunction with an exhibition: ‘Re- reanimate, repair, meld & mend’. These images are taken at the handling day when the Director and Curators kindly talked about a selection of pieces from the exhibition.

View the photographs from the display.

 

As a department we are extremely lucky to work in such a wonderful building. As well as our great studios we have wonderful lecture spaces as well on the Creative Campus: The Grace Room, The Capstone Theatre and The Great hall. The Great Hall is a wonderful space and hosts many guest lectures and every 3rd Year Degree show for Fine Art and Design students as well as The Cornerstone Gallery which spans over three floors and is an eye catching entrance to the Cornerstone building.

Monday 12th December 2016

COR114 10am

Ruby Porter (OBE) will be giving a talk about her work with the women of Sreepur Village, Bangladesh.

Ruby works with the women to produce textiles and embroidery in very challenging circumstances.

All welcome to come and hear Ruby describe how she set up textile workshops, methods of production in Sreepur, exhibitions of works and how she is helping women towards a better future.

Ruby will bring some products to sell-all proceeds go to the 600 children and 150 destitute mothers who live at Sreepur, plus the Street Children project which operates on the railway, the riverbanks and at Dhaka Airport. Millions of street children live on the streets in Bangladesh.

ASSEMBLE

2015-16 Turner Prize Winners Visit Hope University

On the 10th of February we were delighted to invite Assemble to the Cornerstone building to give a talk on their most recent work. Assemble are a London based collective who work across the fields of art, design and architecture to create projects in tandem with the communities who use and inhabit them. Their architectural spaces and environments promote a direct action and embrace a DIY sensibility. Their project Granby Four Streets in Liverpool 8, saw them nominated for the Turner Prize which they subsequently won in December 2015.

Many people attended and it was an enjoyable talk by Lewis Jones, a member of assemble, that stimulated discussion on the role of art outside the gallery context.

LUKE TURNER VISIT

On Tuesday 8th March 2016, as part of the new FACT+HOPE Partnership, artist Luke Turner visited the Department of Fine & Applied Arts to present a talk about his collaborative practice (Shia) LaBoeuf, Ronkko,Turner. The talk was followed by tutorial sessions with Fine Art students, discussing their studio practice.

Turner (b.1982) is a London based artist who studied at Central Saint Martins and The Royal College of Art. He is co-editor of the aesthetics and culture website Notes on Metamodernism, having published the Metamodernist Manifesto in 2011. He shares a collaborative practice with Shia LaBeouf and Nastja Sade Ronkko, and their collaborative practice explores connection, collaboration and creation across the networks.

The collaborative trio were in Liverpool for their work #TOUCHMYSOUL as part of the exhibition FOLLOW at FACT.

 

 

 

Fully Awake Exhibition

Fine Art Lecturers Tony Smith and Donal Moloney are taking part in the exhibition ‘Fully Awake’ in Glasgow’s ‘House for an Art Lover’, November 4th-19th.

House for an Art Lover is pleased to present Fully Awake, a group exhibition featuring work by over 30 artists that celebrates the intergenerational effects of teaching painting. Curated by Ian Hartshorne and Sean Kaye the show invites several artists to submit a piece of work, as well as invite two ‘guest’ artists to be presented alongside them; an artist that they have been taught by, and an artist that they have taught. This unorthodox approach creates engaging and surprising relationships between those participating. Fully Awake is a five part cycle of exhibitions. This is the second iteration, the first being presented at blip blip blip, Leeds earlier this year. The cycle of shows eschews thematic, aesthetic or theoretical concerns but aims to reveal instead much deeper levels of incidental human, personal, psychological connections and occasional rejections between student and teacher.

More info can be found on the House for an Art Lover website.

CERAMICA

Alan Whitaker, BA Design Lecturer in Ceramics & Roozbeh Rajaie, Fine and Applied Art Technician are taking part in Ceramica which is on until February 2018 at RIBA North.

This exciting exhibition which opens on Saturday 28th October 2017- February 10th 2018 and investigates the possibilities of Ceramics for sustainable technologies ,whilst examining the role of digital technology alongside traditional Ceramic craftsmanship skills.

This collaboration of academics from Liverpool Hope University, Leeds Becket University and The University of Liverpool brings together leading professionals, designers, engineers, architects and ceramicists to realise projects with an environmental sustainable focus.

Ultimately, its aim is to develop new applications for ceramics within an architectural context and introduce emerging designers to new ways of thinking about this challenging material.

Liverpool Hope University has been instrumental in developing this project since 2011 and has delivered a series of workshops in ceramic making techniques and glaze technologies for graduates from all three universities.