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Fine Arts graduates exhibit at prestigious London gallery

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Fine Art graduates from Liverpool Hope University have showcased their work at a prestigious London gallery.

Seven students from the School of Creative and Performing Arts were invited to present at Zari Gallery in London’s Fitzrovia.

Katy Evans, Sarah Delaney, Kelly Irvine, Sophie Elsden, Aikaterina Pitikari, Casey Lauren and Varsha Manglam showcased their work as Zari hosted an exhibition specifically celebrating new talent from Liverpool Hope in September.

For Casey, Sarah and Kelly it was the second time they had been invited to present at the gallery. The University has worked in collaboration with Zari for several years, with the gallery’s founder Georgina Dhillon selecting the latest cohort of students at the 2023 Degree Show, where she presented a number of awards.

Each student selected was awarded a cash prize of £200, and benefited from the fact the Hope exhibition took place alongside the Art Gemini Prize 2023 – a renowned celebration of international contemporary art now in its 10th year.

And, the opportunity to present their work alongside well-established artist brought a number of career benefits to our students.

Sophie Elsden was invited to exhibit at The Woolff Gallery in central London, whilst 2023 graduate Katy Evans went on to have an exhibition named Grimace at The Bridewell Studios in Liverpool in collaboration with another Hope graduate, Lace Louise Reynolds.

Tony Smith, Programme Leader for Fine Art, said: “The chance offered to Fine Art graduates to exhibit in the Zari Gallery is a marvellous opportunity for emerging artists.

“Fine Art teaching staff and the Creative Campus Technician, Roozbeh Rajaie, have worked in collaboration with Georgina for several years and this forms a welcome introduction for newly emerging artists to London gallery networks.”

Published on 28/11/2023