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Art and Design exhibition explores themes of imagined futures


The innovative work of 20 Art and Design Masters students from Leeds Beckett University will be displayed at Broadcasting Place in early September with each of the individual projects revolving around the theme of ‘Imagined Futures and Free Spirits – 20 Positions for an Exhibition’.

Picture of Michael Bouchier work

Participating are: Lana Babych / Michael Boucher / Erin Caine / Ramona Ciucan / Naomi Gilby / Ryan Haynes / Christine Hinchliffe / Harriet Holling / Hannah Hudson / Lindsay Khacheturian / Joanna Lawson / Mougeh Lebaschi / Jack Miller / Nazira Mohamad Rom / Susanna Moore / Joel Mumby / Lara Rose / Jon Stone / Samantha Thornhill / John Trout.

One of the artists showcased is MA Art and Design student Michael Boucher whose work is titled ‘Everybodys Happy Nowadays’ (pictured above). Speaking about the exhibition, Michael said: “I'm influenced by culture, anthropology and the arts. Luckily art is an umbrella which allows you to study all of these things whilst also creating and finding your own answers.

“The MA Art and design course at Leeds Beckett has afforded me exhibition opportunities that have helped bring out the best in the latent skills and creative vision I already had. If you are passionate and willing to engage with the course, then the rewards will come to you.

“I'm studying because I have a passion for academia, the academic ladder is something I feel I'm using as a tool to challenge all the social issues revolving around class structures and this course has certainly helped me on my way to the goal of one-day studying for a PhD.

“There is something inherently satisfying about being working class and aiming high and achieving through study.”

Picture of Harriet artwork

Installation view, Gallery House, Leeds 2017. Interim exhibition: 'Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart'. Pictured, works by Harriet Holling and Mougeh Lebaschi

Dr Alan Dunn, Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University said: “The MA Art & Design cohort this year has benefitted from opportunities which have assisted their understanding of the professional art world and expanded their networks.

“This has included working on the Joseph Beuys project with Leeds Art Gallery, generating new digital content for our Media Wall in Portland Place as well as generating content for and attending the First Site Book Fair in Colchester.

“Students were also able to access the excellent INSIDE/OUT lectures programmed by Professor Simon Morris, work with the Henry Moore Institute, stage their interim show in our new Gallery House Space and work on external curatorial projects with Liverpool Sound City, Static Gallery, Edge Hill University and BasementArtsProject.”

Picture of Samantha Thornhill art

Image: 'Persephone', Samantha Thornhill

‘Imagined Futures and Free Spirits’ MA Art & Design Show 2017 has been curated by Course Leader Peter Lewis, Senior Lecturer Alan Dunn and Principal Lecturer Chris Bloor.

The opening night for ‘Imagined Futures and Free Spirits’ - MA Art & Design Show 2017 is on 1 September 18:00 - 20:00 and the exhibition runs from 2-9 September (excluding 3 September) between 12:00 and 17:00 at Studio B206, Broadcasting Place. 

For more information please visit: http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/school-of-art-architecture-and-design/exhibitions-and-end-of-year-shows/2017-ma-art--design-show/

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