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Photography Course Leader Matthew Andrew’s group exhibition Current Conflicts will be shown at the Space2 Gallery, Watford Museum, from September. The works by Les Monaghan, Christopher Down, Richard Monje, Jamie Simonds and Andrew explore the response of art photography to modern warfare, in particular the West’s engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan. An earlier showing at the Waterfront Gallery began with a seminar with Melanie Friend of the University of Sussex and Visiting Senior Lecturer in Photography  Eamonn McCabe.

Fine Art Painting Lecturer Robin Warnes, PS, RAS, was elected as a member of the British Federation of Artists – Pastel Society. He was shortlisted and displayed in the Cork Street Open Winter Exhibition in January. His work appeared in a group show at Studio Eleven gallery in Westcliff-on-Sea in March as well as a solo show at John Russell on the Ipswich Waterfront in April. (February 2013)

Film Lecturer Oonagh Kearney‘s ‘experimental arts documentary’ The Wonder House was shown at the Jamieson Dublin International Film Festival and the Fifth International cork Film Festival. The film blends the narrative of a girl exploring an abandoned castle with reflections on creativity from scientists and artists. The Scibernia blog called it “a meditative, mesmerising journey.”

Fine Art Lecturer Dr Jane Watt has begun a cross-disciplinary project considering how the landscape of Britain’s east coast influences understanding and experience. The pilot project “East to East,” funded by an ILTS Fellowship award, aims to involve a number of universities along the east coast. Watt and colleagues are developing a series of workshops and exchanges to initiate student-led responses to the coastal landscape, beginning with Orford Ness.
Later stages of the project will consider north-south variation, and networking with other institutions to compare perceptions of the eastern dimension to British experience. Findings will be presented through an exhibition and lecture-talk at UCS later this year, as well as online dissemination.

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