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In Pictures: Masters Show 2022 | Matters Arising

“Matters Arising”, which was held at Studio 11 from 2 September to 9 September 2022, showcased Arts University Plymouth's graduating Masters students work with disciplines such as painting, sculptural installation, glass, ceramics and more displayed.

Arts University Plymouth’s graduating Masters students finished their studies with an exciting and dynamic Masters Summer Show, “Matters Arising”. Featuring work across disciplines including painting, illustration, sculptural installation, moving image, environmentally-conscious fashion design, glass, and ceramics, all created within our specialist postgraduate community of practice.

Richard Kenton Webb talks on to a woman in a long black dress, while others look at imagery and sculpture in the space

Highlights from this year’s graduates featuring in the exhibition included:

  • MA Photography graduate Mouli Paul’s ‘Textures in Belonging’ series, using familial experiences of migration to explore diaspora and ideas of home, memory and culture from the UK and beyond.

  • MA Fine Art graduate and weaver Kate Williams’ ‘Death of the Combustion Engine (The Red Thing)’, which uses rya knots and coloured wool to express data sets created through the pandemic.

  • MA Painting graduate Eloise Schoeman’s ‘The Night Moves’ imposing the idea of a South African women’s hypervigilance onto her immediate environs and experience.

  • MA Drawing graduate William Luz’s ‘A GHOST SUBJECT (or The Principle of Mutual Enhancement)’ which explores drawing in an expanded sense, through video and associated works on paper. He questions whether the act of playing with materials, touching, looking, feeling, or moving can be considered drawing.

  • MA Fine Art graduate and socially-engaged practitioner Jamila Haman investigating whether art can bridge empathy gaps between the most privileged and the most persecuted. She draws on a decade of experience in the field of human rights activism, inviting discussion on the global crisis of mass human displacement to create an equally moving and challenging painted work.

  • MA Ceramics graduate, designer and maker Owen Rees’ ‘Extrude’ which explores narratives of form, structure and lighting through 3D printed porcelain, questioning the role of the craftsperson in a digital making process. His work challenges traditional methods of making within ceramics, showcasing forms that are not possible to physically mould, yet are perfectly repeatable through 3D printing.

  • MA Textile Design graduate Imogen Prestidge’s ‘Pretty Ugly’ which creates a new form for hoarded textiles with sentimental value, donated by people with fond memories of loved ones who enjoyed crochet and knitting.

People in the foreground at an exhibition and in the background a woman with blue hair looks on at a trio of blue and orange paintings of a woman
A soft white lampshade hanging from a wooden beam
A number of sculptured items that are brightly coloured red and blue and yellow with long white tubes coming out of the shapes against a pale pink background
Embroidered lettering on a pale fabric with drops of bright blue wax throughout the image
Dr Stephen Paige gives a speech at an exhibition with Vice Chancellor Paul Fieldsend-Danks in the background watching on
A crowd of people made up of a variety of young, old, female, male, who seem interested and engaged
A number of paintings and frames backlit and positioned in a corner of a space with white walls and soft orange lighting
A number of different coloured cards and imagery showing hands and mark making with brightly coloured shapes
A crowd of people in an exhibition space with a large swirling painted canvas in the background and other exhibited items to the left and right
An open sketchbook featuring designs and sketches and in the foreground we can see someone's back with a bright yellow backpack on
Vice Chancellor Paul Fieldsend-Danks smiling at MA student William Luz while Dr Stephen Paige, Prof Stephen Felmingham and Board of Governors Chair Sue Brownlow watch on in the background surrounded by colourful paintings
A crowd of people in the exhibition space with colourful paintings to the left and right
A heavily tattooed woman looking and pointing at photographs on the wall while a blonde woman with wavy hair looks on. In the foreground there is a colourful rainbow textile ball.
An exhibited piece featuring a white cube in the corner of a room lit with a white strip light and surrounded by white walls
A print of a colourful meteor tail on a blue background made up of pinks and greens. Underneath the image there is a concertina sketchbook featuring more colourful designs
A woman's hand looking through a sketchbook of block colour designs. In the background you can see a number of smaller painted images mounted on a white wall.
Two books that are swollen with mushrooms growing from the pages. Their pages are off white and the covers a dark navy blue with mould growing.
Student Jamila Hanan on the left with long dark hair, a green dress and glasses stood next to Chair of the Board of Governors Sue Brownlow who is blonde and is wearing a white blouse with mint green trousers
Marion Smylie left holds up her certificate with Prof Stephen Felmingham on the right of her while Dr Stephen Paige and Prof Paul Fieldsend Danks look on from the background
Image shows two women talking and looking at images mounted on a white wall alongside a large picture of a beach landscape
Image shows two men talking to a woman with her brown hair in a bun with photos in the background mounted on a white exhibition wall


For anybody considering MA study, academics will be on site on Saturday 22 October 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.

A heavily tattooed woman looking and pointing at photographs on the wall while a blonde woman with wavy hair looks on. In the foreground there is a colourful rainbow textile ball.

The Masters 22 Show featured work from over 40 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).

Missed the show? You can explore the work of our Class of 2022 cohort, and of previous years, at aup-postgraduate.co.uk