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Art, Architecture & Design July Good News

The latest good news from the School of Art, Architecture and Design.

Anna Pepe

Senior Lecturer, Anna Pepe, has curated in the following photography exhibitions:

  • Monochrome, an International Juried Photography Exhibition taking place at Blank Wall Gallery in Athens, Greece, with a photo entitled “The Descent”.
  • Architectural Photography, an International Juried Photography Exhibition taking place at the SE Centre for Photography, with a photo entitled “Vortex”.
  • Scapes, a Juried International Photography Exhibition taking place at PH21 Gallery in Budapest, Hungary, with a black and white photo entitled “Outside”, offering a subjecting perspective on loneliness and isolation.
  • Shadows: Darkness and Light, Black Box Gallery’s International Juried Photography Exhibition, with a photograph entitled “The Descent”. The exhibition explores how shadow and light are interpreted by contemporary photographers.
  • Portraits in B&W, an International Juried Photography Exhibition taking place at Blank Wall Gallery in Athens, Greece, with a photo entitled “Across the Road”.

This year saw the launch of the Croome Research and Development Award for Art and Design Graduates.  The award has been set up in memory of Angela Croome, lifelong friend of Edna Lumb who worked hard to ensure the legacy of the annual Edna Lumb Travel Award, now in its 24th year, for art and design students here at Leeds Beckett. Many students benefitted from Angela’s insightful questions and wisdom, and were touched by her personal commitment. Angela was enthusiastic about the extension of the award to support final year students, seeking opportunities to enhance their portfolios for applications to post graduate courses, or develop new work.

The brief was circulated to students and the shortlisted students gave presentations on 8 June. Graphic Arts and Design graduates Kotryna Jusicatte and Kim Lundgren became the first winners of the Angela Croome Award and will attend design fairs in Oslo, Copenhagen and Helsinki.

“As recent graduates from the School of Art, Architecture and Design, we are thrilled to have received the Croome Research and Development Award. This prize will enable us to explore the culture and heritage of Scandinavian design through visiting three design festivals across Denmark, Sweden and Finland. This opportunity will allow us to network with like-minded creative practitioners whilst engaging in discussions and workshops. Our proposed outcomes are loosely based around the development of publications, graphic design, photography and film, helping us to further our creative practice.”

Students from the BA Hons Fine Art course recently took part in a project responding to the Art Council Collection’s exhibition at Longside, Yorkshire Sculpture Park. ‘Kaleidoscope, Colour and Sequence of British 1960’s Art’. Students were encouraged to look beyond the work itself, attempting to discover where and when it was made and where the work was first exhibited. Looking at the social, political and economic circumstances of the time, they were asked to ‘think’ as if they were the sculpture. Certain questions were considered. What might the work have witnessed or overheard whilst on display? How has it felt living in a packing case for the last 40 years, only now to see the light of day?

The students made several visits to Longside to see the work coming out of storage and had the opportunity to talk to curators and look into the exhibition archive.

Over several months they developed ideas and responses and were given the opportunity to present their work and research at Longside, as part of the public talks programme in June.


Project Office has completed the first stage of a design and research project at Crescent Arts in Scarborough. BA Architecture students from CITYzen Agency design studio have completed architectural proposals for the re-imagining of redundant bathing huts along Scarborough’s promenade. The project for Crescent Arts, is to create a new centre for creativity.

Crescent Arts will use students’ design proposals as a means to support capital funding applications to construct the project. This model allows Project Office to facilitate projects for clients who do not have money to commission design services.

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