Arts University Plymouth’s Masters Summer Show 2023
Graduating Masters students from Arts University Plymouth will showcase a variety of exciting and dynamic postgraduate projects at the Masters Summer Show 2023, exhibiting work that has been created across specialisms including painting, illustration, sculptural installation, moving image, environmentally-conscious textile design, glass and ceramics, all undertaken within a specialist postgraduate community of practice.
Emily Roach Osborne's "The Compassion of Amphitrite, Summoning I"
The Masters Summer Show exhibition will take place at Art University Plymouth’s Studio 11 building on Regent Street and in MIRROR, which will be open to members of the public daily from 10am to 5pm, Friday 1 September until Thursday 7 September 2023 (closed on Sunday 3 September). A preview evening will be held from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday 31 August. Spaces at the preview are limited and booking in advance on Eventbrite is advisable.
Chesta Negar's "EARTH - Shape of an Artisan"
Some highlights from this year’s graduates that will feature in the exhibition include:
MA Jewellery graduate Sara Sharafi’s work uses the juxtaposition of delicate and protective with her barbed Paisley designs. Sharafi takes inspiration from Persian culture to reimagine the patterns of paisley’s links to womanhood, and the stereotypes associated with that in order to puncture these myths.
MA Photography graduate Chesta Nagar’s 3D printed gestural sculptures examine the unique skill and tactile movements of craft practitioners. These sculptural works play with the spatial construct of photography, which are distorted through an abstraction of their textures.
MA Illustration graduate Sunny Wu has taken her lived experience as an Asian American living in New York before moving and living abroad in England as inspiration for her final major project. With her family originating from Inner Mongolia, and recognising the similarities between the country’s nature and Dartmoor’s landscape, Sunny has captured her Asian culture and her love of being in nature with her illustrations. Sunny’s work focuses mainly on illustration, but she also uses mediums including silkscreen, tufting and ceramics, with her illustrations displayed alongside a handmade ceramic candelabra vase.
MA Visual Communications graduate Tianna Barnes project uses generative code to create dynamic visuals. Barnes has created a series of 12-inch vinyl record sleeves utilising artificial intelligence that develops its own unique style for individual sleeves.
Jewellery by Sara Sharafi
MA Fine Art graduate Emily Roach Osbourne’s video work and performance confronts the stoicism and problematic nature of Plymouth’s landmark through playful and humorous actions. The work approaches these themes through a feminist lens, including live performances in Studio 11.
MA Painting graduate Joanna Haskins’ ‘Longyearbreen’ takes inspiration from the crisp colours and incandescent light of the frozen Arctic spring. Haskins created the works whilst at Spitsbergen Artist Center, a residency in Svalbard in the Arctic Circle.
MA Ceramics graduate, Angela Kahveci’s work ‘Evolve’ looks at the evolution of humankind into our posthuman, biological futures. Taking inspiration from Donna Harraway, Kahveci’s works create a whole speculative futuristic narrative around the issues of nurture and environment.
Work by Tianna Barnes
For anybody considering MA study, academics will be on site on Saturday 2 September for a Postgraduate Open Day from 10am to 12:30pm, with opportunities for an exclusive review of graduating MA students’ work, some of whom will be available to discuss their research and experience of the MA programmes. This is an ideal opportunity to explore a community of makers and thinkers, ask questions and visualise what it’s like to study at Arts University Plymouth.
Work by Sunny Wu
The Masters 23 Show will feature work from over 30 postgraduate students across programmes including MA Ceramics, MA Creative Education, MA Textile Design, MA Printmaking, MA Disruptive Design, MA Jewellery, MA Fine Art, MA Visual Communication, MA Entrepreneurship for Creative Practice, MA Illustration, MA Painting, MA Drawing, MA Photography, and Master of Fine Art (MFA).
Angela Kahveci's 'Evolve'