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Tom Owens, Emma Voller, Alastair Bartlett, Melissa Belton, and Lauren Carter at the opening.

UCS visual arts students opened their third exhibition in a month at the Ipswich Art School. Seven students in the second year of the BA (Hons) Photography present a varied collection of work as part of the gallery’s summer showcase of area photographers.

The show includes dramatic portraits on sport fields by Alastair Bartlett¬†and a double portrait and text excerpts from Lauren Carter’s documentary study of her grandparents. Emma Voller shows coppery soil studies and a water bottle label so weathered it’s become distorted. Melissa Belton finds interest in forgotten spaces like the backstage areas at the New Wolsey Theatre. Viki Simpson contributed retro-styled black-and-white images from her series “Platform 7.” Ren Parker‘s intimate photos focus on “the self-inflicted torture women put themselves through for ‘perfection.’ ” The collection is rounded out with literal and conceptual explorations of colour, grids, and numbers from Tom Owens, who also curated the exhibition (see his blog).

The exhibition runs until September in Gallery 10 of the Art School, a few doors up from the Ipswich Museum on High Street. The group will also show its work in Slack Space, Victoria Place, Colchester from June 12 to June 22. The DIG! Radius show of fine art and photography from UCS also continues at the frame gallery at 22 St. Nicholas St. through June 1.

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First-year Fine Art students explored themes of identity and locality at their year-end exhibition, Twenty Thirteen, taking visitors on trips around Suffolk and the world. The familiar blocks of a container ship featured in a painting by Peta Hillier. Jamie Limond explored the semiotics of flags, including sculptures combining metal and the Union Jack (above). He also showed landscape photographs and prints of local subjects such as the soon-to-be-closed Orford Ness lighthouse. Rabab el Shrife brought a vivid series of paintings based on the word “Egypt” (below). Alex Woodcock showed works inspired by a trip to China, including sculpture of a laborer, paintings on the theme of food, and a miniature folding-screen landscape panorama.

Children might be intrigued by the works made with everyday materials, such as the brown-paper-bag mummy in Katherine Raffell‘s “Wrapped.” Jenny Butcher used chicken wire, coathanger wire, egg cartons, and men’s ties to make individual sculptures fusing geometric discipline with randomness. Her signature work may be “Epidemic,” a triplet of lumpy yet regular reefs made from wire and plastic bags with the Sainsbury’s logo still visible.

The show runs through June 1 in the three floors of the Atrium Studios (West Building, UCS Campus). Additional works can be seen in the galleries by appointment.



IMG_8488Fine Art students celebrated another opening on May 1 in the Frame Workshop gallery at ¬†22 St. Nicholas Street. The show runs through June 1 and includes Ian Moss‘s mixed-media sculptures using copper wire (pictured), raku birds by Rob Butterford, “water series” paintings by Cat Fuller, boxes by Anne Walsh, a stuffed tea-set by Sarah James, plus works by Jason Nunn, Anna Stollery and others.



Rain in Dorset (detail) by Val Jones

Fine Art and Photography students have their work hanging in top solicitors offices as their spring show Primavera is hosted by Prettys Solicitors, the fourth student exhibition at their Elm Street premises. The show began with a viewing on April 25, the only time when the public can freely view the work. Several pieces were sold even before the doors opened.

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Fine Art course leader David Baldry, Prettys CEO Paul Dickie, and Sarah James

Sarah James won first prize in the show for her black-and-white photograph “Saving it for a Rainy Day,” taken from her student flat.

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Ian Moss with sarah james and alex osborne in background

Ian Moss, who showed a series of paintings and multimedia works inspired by the granularity of video displays, won second prize.