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Student Exhibitions

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 is curating 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. Opening and Performances:

Sunday 12th November 3.30pm - 11.00pm 

 

From November 10th - 14th, 2017, 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ice Cream for Crow

 

 

 

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.

Bridget Walters MA   MA Applied Art

 View the photographs from the exhibition                 View the photographs from the exhibition 

 

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.

‌  Design Students exhibition at John Lewis 2017 Students work at The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 2017

 

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.

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Museum 1  Museum 2

     

 

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.

1st year Design 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.

Fine Art year 1 FACT Fine Art year 1 FACT2

 

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.  

Everton park project

 

BA Fine Art Year 1 Projects

 

Fine art year 1 projects

View the photographs of the project.

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.

2nd year design exhibition

View the photographs from the exhibition

 

Showcase at The Bluecoat Display Centre

The 2nd Year major project in 2016 was a Live project in conjunction with The Bluecoat Display Centre (see the above project) The Bluecoat Team chose four students to exhibit in their Gallery.  The Bluecoat Team said the feedback from the general public was fantastic and many enquiries were made into purchasing the work.

Bluecoat Display image

View the photographs from the exhibition

 

BA Design Year 2: End of year Assessment

2nd year Design assessment

Take a look at the 2nd year's work from their end of year assessment in our Flickr gallery.

 

3rd Year Fine Art & Design Students’ Auction

Liverpool Hope University's Fine Art and design student Art Auction is a recognised annual city art event and a prime opportunity for galleries, art buyers and the general public to obtain an insight into current 3rd Year student art practice and the talent being showcased at the end of year Degree show a few months later.  The Art Auction has now been running for more than ten years and it provides the perfect fund raising opportunity for student Degree Show preparation. This is one of the main highlights and enjoyable events for both staff and students.

3rd year auction

View the images here.

 

The 2016 HOPE+FACT Production Residency

this was announced at the Department’s Degree Show Private View on Friday 27th May.

 The Winner was Amy Worsley who graduated from Fine Art with a First Class Honours for her studio work that focused on concepts of “forgotten time” – those mundane days the mind discards as insignificant.  This ‘forgotten time’ was captured through participants – including an airline pilot and peers from her Fine Art Studio Group - wearing contact lenses, used as aids in the re-presentation of their actual and lived ‘forgotten days’.

Amy will participate in the forthcoming exhibition at FACT - No Such Thing As Gravity.  This major new group exhibition, curated by London based curator Rob La Frenais, continues a year of art and science at FACT, and explores science as a continuing search for knowledge by addressing questions regarding scientific truths, conspiracy theories, and alternative science. Using the exhibition as a starting point, Fine Art students from Liverpool Hope University worked with Physics students from University of Liverpool to develop proposals for new work to be developed during the residency period. These were then presented to a panel of representatives from FACT along with the exhibition’s Curator, Amy Worsley was the successful candidate.

Her residency begins Summer 2017 and the exhibition opens at FACT.

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BA Fine Art & Design Degree show

As always, we have had an exciting and challenging year. The exhibition of work on show has been created by Fine Artist and up and coming designer makers within the fields of Fine Art, Textiles, Ceramics and Metal. We are extremely proud of the work on show in this exhibition. Our graduates are continually pushing the boundaries of traditional materials by incorporating contemporary and exciting new technologies in their efforts to produce unique examples of their art and as an example, a recent Guardian student survey cited Liverpool Hope as 11th best in the UK for Design. The creation of original and engaging work is difficult and challenging. Long hours of practice and dedication are required to refine the necessary intellectual and practical skills and as a department we value this commitment.

Design show

Closer look at the Design departments' final work 2016

 

3rd year Fine art show

‌Closer look at the Fine Art departments' final work 2016

2016 Fine Art and Design Degree show private view

2015 Fine Art and Design Degree Show private view

 

Visits/Masterclasses

 

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.

Ruth ball masterclass 1  Ruth ball masterclass 2  Ruth ball masterclass 3

 

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.

Steve Strode masterclass Paul Scott masterclass

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. 

ceramic biennial

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.

Bluecoat gallery handling morning

View the photographs from the display.

 

Crosby Beach

A great venue to gather inspiration is the beach, to start the 2nd years off on their project this year we decided to venture to Crosby beach to open their eyes to found objects. Crosby beach for those who don’t know was a dump in the war for bombed houses and building. Over the years this has become an exploration site for interesting artefacts that have been open to the elements. A few of the objects were directly used in the project and few for visual inspiration.

Crosby beach

View the photographs of the visit.

 

Berlin

The Fine and Applied Arts international field trip is an annual event. In recent years, students have travelled to Berlin and as well as sightseeing, visits have been made to all of the major museums and galleries in Berlin. This is an excellent opportunity to absorb the culture of European capital city and explore the many creative venues that the city has to offer. This provides the opportunity for students to  enhance their research and understanding of artistic practice through both historical and contemporary works.

Berlin filed trip

View the photographs from the visit.

 

Cutting It in Liverpool - A celebration of hand engraving

We had the great opportunity as a metal work department to be invited to take part in an event at the Bluecoat Ats Centre. The Hand Engravers Association organised the event, it was a great opportunity to meet masters in their field and all students had the chance to have a masterclass with the top engravers in the country. It was an inspirational morning for both the tutors and the students.

Engraving workshop

View the photographs from the event.

 

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

On Tuesday 12th April 2016 fifty Fine Art students, travelled to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Bretton near Wakefield as part of their contextual research for their next studio project - a one day exhibition of their work in Everton Park. YSP is an open air gallery showing work by British and international artists and provides a good example of work being shown outside the gallery context. Afterwards the group also visited The Henry Moore Institute in Leeds to see the exhibition A Lesson in Sculpture with John Latham.

Yorkshire Sculpture park

Guest lectures

Guest lectures

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.

 

 Ruby Porter 1 

 

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.

Assemble

 

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.

Luke Turner

 

Krzysztof Wodiczko

Artist Talk Capstone Theatre 18th February 2016

We were delighted to host Krzysztof Wodickzo on 18th February when he gave a talk about his practice.

Wodiczko is renowned for his large-scale slide and video projections on architectural facades and monuments, having pioneered many projection-mapping techniques in the process. Since the late 1980s, his projections have involved the active participation of often marginalised communities and individuals. Simultaneously, he has been designing and implementing a series of nomadic instruments and vehicles with homeless, immigrant, and war veteran operators for their survival and communication.

Since 1985, he has held many major retrospectives at such institutions as the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Contemporary Art Center, Warsaw and his work has been exhibited in Documenta, Paris Biennale, Sydney Biennale, Lyon Biennale, Venice Biennale, Whitney Biennial, Kyoto Biennale, Yokohama Triennale, and in many other major international art festivals and exhibitions.

The work of Wodiczko has been the subject of numerous publications, including Critical Vehicles: Writings, Projects, Interviews (1999), Krzysztof Wodiczko: Guests (2009), and City of Refuge: A 9/11 Memorial (2010). Wodiczko was director of the Centre for Advanced Visual Studies, MIT (Cambridge, Massachusetts), currently heads the programme, Art, Design, and the Public Domain, Harvard University.

Krzysztof’s talk in the Capstone Theatre was attended by students across all subjects at Creative Campus.  During the afternoon he spoke with a small discussion group of students from all years of study.  

Krzysztof WodiczkoKrzysztof Wodiczko

 

ARTISTS CHOTERINA FREER AND JEMMA EGAN

 On 3rd March and 18 April the department hosted talks by Choterina Freer and Jemma Egan.

Choterina Freer is a London based artist whose videos are material manipulation of our digital environment.  She composites taken and found footage, CGI animations and hand-drawn graphics to examine and define a new digital social realism. 

Choterina gave a talk about her current practice, followed by tutorial sessions with First and Second Year Fine Art Students.

CHOTERINA FREER AND JEMMA EGAN  CHOTERINA FREER AND JEMMA EGAN

 

 John Bunker Visit

 John Bunker is an independent, London-based, artist who exhibited a series of collages titled Tinderbox at Cornerstone Gallery in 2015.  John made a return visit to the department on 15th February 2016 to give a talk about his most recent work and deliver studio tutorials with Fine Art Students. 

Bunker uses many divergent objects and painterly techniques that coexist in his uncanny collagic painterly objects.  He infuses the remnants of our urban interlands with the visual charge unique to modernist art.  The results are absurd, yet poised, brutal and strangely elegant.

John Bunker

Staff Exhibitions

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.

Art House Lovers

 

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.

Ceramica Exhibition

 

 

Student Exhibitions

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 is curating 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. Opening and Performances:

Sunday 12th November 3.30pm - 11.00pm 

 

From November 10th - 14th, 2017, 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ice Cream for Crow

 

 

 

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.

Bridget Walters MA   MA Applied Art

 View the photographs from the exhibition                 View the photographs from the exhibition 

 

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.

‌  Design Students exhibition at John Lewis 2017 Students work at The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 2017

 

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.

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Museum 1  Museum 2

     

 

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.

1st year Design 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.

Fine Art year 1 FACT Fine Art year 1 FACT2

 

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.  

Everton park project

 

BA Fine Art Year 1 Projects

 

Fine art year 1 projects

View the photographs of the project.

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.

2nd year design exhibition

View the photographs from the exhibition

 

Showcase at The Bluecoat Display Centre

The 2nd Year major project in 2016 was a Live project in conjunction with The Bluecoat Display Centre (see the above project) The Bluecoat Team chose four students to exhibit in their Gallery.  The Bluecoat Team said the feedback from the general public was fantastic and many enquiries were made into purchasing the work.

Bluecoat Display image

View the photographs from the exhibition

 

BA Design Year 2: End of year Assessment

2nd year Design assessment

Take a look at the 2nd year's work from their end of year assessment in our Flickr gallery.

 

3rd Year Fine Art & Design Students’ Auction

Liverpool Hope University's Fine Art and design student Art Auction is a recognised annual city art event and a prime opportunity for galleries, art buyers and the general public to obtain an insight into current 3rd Year student art practice and the talent being showcased at the end of year Degree show a few months later.  The Art Auction has now been running for more than ten years and it provides the perfect fund raising opportunity for student Degree Show preparation. This is one of the main highlights and enjoyable events for both staff and students.

3rd year auction

View the images here.

 

The 2016 HOPE+FACT Production Residency

this was announced at the Department’s Degree Show Private View on Friday 27th May.

 The Winner was Amy Worsley who graduated from Fine Art with a First Class Honours for her studio work that focused on concepts of “forgotten time” – those mundane days the mind discards as insignificant.  This ‘forgotten time’ was captured through participants – including an airline pilot and peers from her Fine Art Studio Group - wearing contact lenses, used as aids in the re-presentation of their actual and lived ‘forgotten days’.

Amy will participate in the forthcoming exhibition at FACT - No Such Thing As Gravity.  This major new group exhibition, curated by London based curator Rob La Frenais, continues a year of art and science at FACT, and explores science as a continuing search for knowledge by addressing questions regarding scientific truths, conspiracy theories, and alternative science. Using the exhibition as a starting point, Fine Art students from Liverpool Hope University worked with Physics students from University of Liverpool to develop proposals for new work to be developed during the residency period. These were then presented to a panel of representatives from FACT along with the exhibition’s Curator, Amy Worsley was the successful candidate.

Her residency begins Summer 2017 and the exhibition opens at FACT.

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BA Fine Art & Design Degree show

As always, we have had an exciting and challenging year. The exhibition of work on show has been created by Fine Artist and up and coming designer makers within the fields of Fine Art, Textiles, Ceramics and Metal. We are extremely proud of the work on show in this exhibition. Our graduates are continually pushing the boundaries of traditional materials by incorporating contemporary and exciting new technologies in their efforts to produce unique examples of their art and as an example, a recent Guardian student survey cited Liverpool Hope as 11th best in the UK for Design. The creation of original and engaging work is difficult and challenging. Long hours of practice and dedication are required to refine the necessary intellectual and practical skills and as a department we value this commitment.

Design show

Closer look at the Design departments' final work 2016

 

3rd year Fine art show

‌Closer look at the Fine Art departments' final work 2016

2016 Fine Art and Design Degree show private view

2015 Fine Art and Design Degree Show private view

 

Visits/Masterclasses

 

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.

Ruth ball masterclass 1  Ruth ball masterclass 2  Ruth ball masterclass 3

 

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.

Steve Strode masterclass Paul Scott masterclass

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. 

ceramic biennial

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.

Bluecoat gallery handling morning

View the photographs from the display.

 

Crosby Beach

A great venue to gather inspiration is the beach, to start the 2nd years off on their project this year we decided to venture to Crosby beach to open their eyes to found objects. Crosby beach for those who don’t know was a dump in the war for bombed houses and building. Over the years this has become an exploration site for interesting artefacts that have been open to the elements. A few of the objects were directly used in the project and few for visual inspiration.

Crosby beach

View the photographs of the visit.

 

Berlin

The Fine and Applied Arts international field trip is an annual event. In recent years, students have travelled to Berlin and as well as sightseeing, visits have been made to all of the major museums and galleries in Berlin. This is an excellent opportunity to absorb the culture of European capital city and explore the many creative venues that the city has to offer. This provides the opportunity for students to  enhance their research and understanding of artistic practice through both historical and contemporary works.

Berlin filed trip

View the photographs from the visit.

 

Cutting It in Liverpool - A celebration of hand engraving

We had the great opportunity as a metal work department to be invited to take part in an event at the Bluecoat Ats Centre. The Hand Engravers Association organised the event, it was a great opportunity to meet masters in their field and all students had the chance to have a masterclass with the top engravers in the country. It was an inspirational morning for both the tutors and the students.

Engraving workshop

View the photographs from the event.

 

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

On Tuesday 12th April 2016 fifty Fine Art students, travelled to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Bretton near Wakefield as part of their contextual research for their next studio project - a one day exhibition of their work in Everton Park. YSP is an open air gallery showing work by British and international artists and provides a good example of work being shown outside the gallery context. Afterwards the group also visited The Henry Moore Institute in Leeds to see the exhibition A Lesson in Sculpture with John Latham.

Yorkshire Sculpture park

Guest lectures

Guest lectures

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.

 

 Ruby Porter 1 

 

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.

Assemble

 

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.

Luke Turner

 

Krzysztof Wodiczko

Artist Talk Capstone Theatre 18th February 2016

We were delighted to host Krzysztof Wodickzo on 18th February when he gave a talk about his practice.

Wodiczko is renowned for his large-scale slide and video projections on architectural facades and monuments, having pioneered many projection-mapping techniques in the process. Since the late 1980s, his projections have involved the active participation of often marginalised communities and individuals. Simultaneously, he has been designing and implementing a series of nomadic instruments and vehicles with homeless, immigrant, and war veteran operators for their survival and communication.

Since 1985, he has held many major retrospectives at such institutions as the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Contemporary Art Center, Warsaw and his work has been exhibited in Documenta, Paris Biennale, Sydney Biennale, Lyon Biennale, Venice Biennale, Whitney Biennial, Kyoto Biennale, Yokohama Triennale, and in many other major international art festivals and exhibitions.

The work of Wodiczko has been the subject of numerous publications, including Critical Vehicles: Writings, Projects, Interviews (1999), Krzysztof Wodiczko: Guests (2009), and City of Refuge: A 9/11 Memorial (2010). Wodiczko was director of the Centre for Advanced Visual Studies, MIT (Cambridge, Massachusetts), currently heads the programme, Art, Design, and the Public Domain, Harvard University.

Krzysztof’s talk in the Capstone Theatre was attended by students across all subjects at Creative Campus.  During the afternoon he spoke with a small discussion group of students from all years of study.  

Krzysztof WodiczkoKrzysztof Wodiczko

 

ARTISTS CHOTERINA FREER AND JEMMA EGAN

 On 3rd March and 18 April the department hosted talks by Choterina Freer and Jemma Egan.

Choterina Freer is a London based artist whose videos are material manipulation of our digital environment.  She composites taken and found footage, CGI animations and hand-drawn graphics to examine and define a new digital social realism. 

Choterina gave a talk about her current practice, followed by tutorial sessions with First and Second Year Fine Art Students.

CHOTERINA FREER AND JEMMA EGAN  CHOTERINA FREER AND JEMMA EGAN

 

 John Bunker Visit

 John Bunker is an independent, London-based, artist who exhibited a series of collages titled Tinderbox at Cornerstone Gallery in 2015.  John made a return visit to the department on 15th February 2016 to give a talk about his most recent work and deliver studio tutorials with Fine Art Students. 

Bunker uses many divergent objects and painterly techniques that coexist in his uncanny collagic painterly objects.  He infuses the remnants of our urban interlands with the visual charge unique to modernist art.  The results are absurd, yet poised, brutal and strangely elegant.

John Bunker

Staff Exhibitions

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.

Art House Lovers

 

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.

Ceramica Exhibition