MA Show 2013

MA Show 2013 poster image by Davitt Steed, MA Illustration: Authorial Practice
Wednesday 4 September 2013 10.00 to Saturday 7 September 2013 17.00
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Falmouth University, Falmouth Campus, Woodlane, Falmouth, TR11 4RH

Late opening until 8pm on Friday 6 September

You are invited to attend the annual show of work by our graduating MA students in:

  • Art & Environment
  • Curatorial Practice
  • Fine Art: Contemporary Practice
  • Illustration: Authorial Practice

Whether being grounded in professional practice, creating imaginative scenarios, following a line of enquiry, testing ideas or experimenting with materials, the work in these exhibitions marks the culmination of a period of intense re-evaluation or experimentation.

MA Art & Environment

Since the 1960s an increasing number of artists have engaged with environmental issues and ecological thinking. MA Art & Environment builds on this artistic tradition and enables students to generate a professional practice in response to our current environmental crises.

Each graduating student researches a specific area of concern to inform the production of a critical and creative practice. Using art as a cultural agent they aim to communicate issues, raise awareness, stimulate audiences and provoke actions.

Issues researched this year include endangered large cats of South America, the plight of bees, how children learn and play in nature, and the ways in which creative practice can help us live more lightly on the planet.

Students on the course have the opportunity to link with our UK partners including Cape Farewell, the Eden Project, the Centre for Contemporary Art & the Natural World, and Cornwall's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. They also participate in the global network of eco-artists.

Dr Daro Montag
Award Leader, MA Art & Environment

MA Curatorial Practice

This one-year course grounds students in professional practice, while encouraging them to explore the range of possibilities open to the curator of international contemporary art.

Uniquely the course is delivered in partnership with Tate St Ives, and Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, who introduce students to a range of professional skills and perspectives. Working with the partners, students learn how to develop different curatorial strategies for specific contexts and how to engage audiences.

Collaborative working is a key aspect of the student experience. In the spring students co-curated an ambitious exhibition at Newlyn Art Gallery, Rituals Are Tellers Of Us, that brought together works by artists that take inspiration from rich folk traditions or acts with a sense of shared purpose.

For their final MA projects students research an aspect of curatorial practice particularly relevant to their own interests. They can choose from options including a curatorial project, a dissertation, an arts-based essay and an exhibition proposal. The MA projects are presented in this show along with information about Rituals Are Tellers Of Us.

Kate Southworth
Award Leader, MA Curatorial Practice

MA Fine Art: Contemporary Practice

This course places emphasis on individual practice and the concerns and modes of making that this work seeks to engage with. This is accomplished through a focused combination of self-directed practical and theoretical enquiry, contextualisation and public dissemination. In addition, professional practice and questions around aesthetics, curating, arts administration and academic research are included within the programme.

Students are introduced to contemporary practices and debates relating to broader cultural and philosophical concerns, and - through specific student contributions – to provide a forum for the development, exchange and discussion of ideas. The development of the practical work is supported by a research journal, documentation and critical writings that articulate the research practice. This culminates in the final MA show.

The course gives students the opportunity to experiment, research and create the unexpected. It further aims to produce graduates who will make a significant contribution within the expanding field of contemporary art, both within the region and beyond.

Rob Gawthrop
Award Leader, MA Fine Art: Contemporary Practice

MA Illustration: Authorial Practice

As technological developments dissolve old boundaries across arts practice opening up new opportunities, authorial illustration seeks to reassert the characteristics of personal authorship.

For those whose creative practice embraces drawing, storytelling and sequential design, these core skills define rather than delimit the contemporary illustrator. Social and political issues, philosophy, time, machine consciousness, culture and science-fiction are themes which have featured largely this year. Outcomes have included games design, live-scribing, graphic novels, contemporary drawing, illustrated books, historical reconstruction and a children's novel.

This year many outstanding practitioners contributed to the course including Posy Simmonds, Tom Gauld and Catherine Anyango. Booker Prize short-listed author Deborah Levy also became the first Visiting Professor of Writing in Illustration. In March the course presented the 11th Annual Falmouth Illustration Forum, welcoming back former student Barnaby Richards who talked about his forthcoming graphic novel Beetroot.

Recent graduate Pippa Sweeney received first prize in the BESA Educational Book Awards 2013 for her self-authored book Words Get Knotted, a book supporting children with dyslexia, while Anna Cattermole scooped first prize in the professional category of the Association of Illustrators Awards 2013 and Edwina Camm and Jonathan Leach had e-books published for Apple's iPad.

Steve Braund
Award Leader, MA Illustration: Authorial Practice

Opening times

10am-5pm, Wednesday 4 to Saturday 7 September
Late opening until 8pm on Friday 6 September