‘Ampersand’ – the MA Fine Art Degree Show 2016


7th – 23rd September, 2016

& (pronounced Ampersand) brings together eight artists from across various disciplines.  Through questioning the role of art, discourse is developed promoting critical thinking.  Consequently, each exhibiting artist has developed a unique practice.

Holly Bowler’s practice explores how technological advances have created an unsustainable way of life.  By using a combination of traditional drawings and modern technology, Holly raises awareness of environmental concerns.

Emily Connor’s work focuses on how she encounters and documents experiences by drawing in a variety of spaces; landscape, seascape, coffee shop and train.  These drawings stimulate further translations in the studio; so that Emily feels  immersed in the marks that she makes.

Patricia Ferguson is interested in how imagery alludes to that which is not visible, and the paradox of the presence of absence contained in an artwork.

By embracing fieldwork to engage with landscape, Gemma Green questions what it means to have a sense of place.  Her responses utilises the expanded practice of printmaking.

Amy Hewitt collaborates with the Half-Open Skin, where their physical presence  invokes a sense of the ­­­­­­­other through its monstrous qualities.

Catherine Pritchard's Ceratti 2

Through installation Catherine Pritchard questions human behaviour in relation to  desire.  She further questions whether behaviour is unconsciously manipulated by extrinsic sources.

James Richardson’s practice explores how art has mimicked cinema; through size, scale and means of production.


Verena Vuori seeks to explore pig consciousness and questions how humans and  pigs can relate to each other as inherently different but equal life-forms.

This exhibition represents the culmination of a journey within the MA Fine Art Course; the exhibiting artists collectively consider the thought that ‘the Ampersand reminds us that nothing truly ever lasts for ever, but there is always an AND’.

Entry, as always, is free, and the gallery is accessible to wheel-chairs.

Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm.

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