Posted: Tue 17th May 2016

University’s Art School Opens Its Door To The Community For Final Degree Show

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Wrexham Glyndwr University’s art school is inviting the public to the launch of its Final Degree Show on Friday. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The show, Breaking the Mould, held at the North Wales School of Art and Design on Regent Street, Wrexham, will feature work from the Art and Design graduates. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The event will officially be opened on Friday, May 20 at 6pm by the new head of School of Creative Arts, Alec Shepley. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

It will be open to the public, for free, on weekdays from 10am-4pm until Friday, June 3. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Professor Shepley said: “The theme of the show, Breaking the Mould, is about pushing the boundaries and not conforming to the ‘norm’. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“The show is a culmination of work our students have been working on and it’s the first formal showing for them. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“I’m delighted to be opening the doors of the art school and I’m looking forward to welcoming everyone in. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“The invitation is to the whole region to view brilliant work that’s being produced here in Wrexham at the university. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“This event is a springboard for our students to the world of work and I’m very confident that with the experience our students have gained with us that they’re ready for employment.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The student’s pieces, including paintings, animations, installations, photography and game art, will be on display for the public to view from Friday. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

This year’s Final Degree Show theme, Breaking the Mould is about doing something differently. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Professor Shepley added: “Every student has tried something new, has gone that extra mile, has pushed beyond the familiar and comfortable and entered the unknown and experienced that uncomfortable realm of the unfamiliar. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“To do so is to break with the norm, to break the mould and that requires willpower – especially important in the creative arts, where so much emphasis is placed on self-starting, self-initiative, self-criticality and creativity. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“These are all essential ingredients in the modern workplace – indeed one of the central purposes of our educational programmes is to produce what is called the independent learner.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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