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One of the exhibits which visitors can see at the Class of 2016 exhibition in UCLan’s Hanover Building.

The work of the north’s most outstanding art students is on display at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Every year the online arts magazine The Double Negative invites art schools across the North West of England to nominate one outstanding student to feature in their article ‘Class of 2016’.

The article aims to spotlight the region’s top fine art graduates and demonstrate the artistic diversity of creative institutions. The 2016 nominees have now come together to turn the review into an exhibition and represent the scope of fresh talent currently emerging into the art world.

The Class of 2016 exhibition has been curated by UCLan graduate Sam Pickett and allows visitors an opportunity to explore a range of disciplines, including film, painting, sculpture, installation and performance, for free.

This unifying event symbolises a punch in the air from the northern art hubs of Preston, Carlisle, Blackpool, Manchester and Liverpool.

Featured artists included in the exhibition are: Elizabeth Lindley (Lancaster University), Anna Glinkina (Manchester Metropolitan University), Helena Denholm (St Helens College), Stephanie Miello (Liverpool Hope University), Steve Wilson (Blackpool and The Fylde College), Jackie Owen (University of Cumbria), Cecily Shrimpton (University of Salford), Jade Stowell (Wirral Metropolitan College) and Amy McSavaney (Liverpool John Moores University).

The free Class of 2016 exhibition is open weekdays from 10.00am to 5.00pm until Thursday 29 September in UCLan’s Hanover Building.

Rachel Atkinson | 21 September 2016