1st Year Portfolio
9 March – 30 March
Ruskin Gallery at Working Men’s College is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition by 1st year students from the Portfolio preparation course. Seven artists including Gulcan Cimen, Irati Martinez, Nicola Kirkham, Philip Niesing, Robert Eunson, Tracy Holtham and Ashley-Yin Karriem share their professional developments and aspirations.
There is certain uniqueness present in the hung works – ripples of uncanny-ness emanate and a sense of solidarity is so vivid in many of the works. The artists presented here have much more of a confined practice, meeting only twice a week at WMC to collect and gather information with each other, whereas conventional institutions will see artists socialising and developing much more collectively. The outcome of a solitary practice like this, are artworks less influenced and much more challenging in one’s artistic understandings, aesthetic valuations and societal perceptions. In other words, less institutionalised.
The exhibition then, is here to not only introduce these works and the artists, but to celebrate their definitive approaches and manners in creating a piece of artwork. It aims to bring up unusual perspectives and uncommonly references that should not be ignored, but respected.
The portfolio preparation course is a two-year part time course that offers students opportunities to work across a variety of media and techniques including drawing, painting, sculpture, print, collage and digital imaging. The course is designed to encourage students to develop their own ideas and visual language in order that they can develop their portfolio. Some students progress on to BA level course while others develop their portfolio for personal development or use in the future. Creativity and individuality is promoted through a range of projects and supported by group discussion, individual tutorials, site visits and research trips
Exhibition Private View: 13 March 7:30 – 9pm
Exhibition open Monday to Saturday 10-5pm
Robert Eunson “Eggs”, 2012
Philip Niesing “Untitled” 2012