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22 November 2013

Lyndsey Boardman

Students show creative flair in exhibition

A torso sculpture examining body image perceptions, photographs created using a chemical process from the 1800s and an intricately designed clay horses head are just some of the exhibits on display at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

The Hanover Project Opus exhibition presents a collection of work from nine UCLan second year fine art students.

They wanted to use the gallery space in the University’s Hanover Building as a blank canvas to present the artists’ work and combine an eclectic array of skills and media which include sculpture, video and painting.

“I wanted to highlight people’s body insecurities and show how what a person thinks they look like and how they actually look can be very different.”

Carly-Ann Clark, 20, has made a cast from plaster bandage material of a person who has suffered from anorexia in the past. She said: “I’ve built on the original mould using clay to emphasis the ribcage. I wanted to highlight people’s body insecurities and show how what a person thinks they look like and how they actually look can be very different.”

Fellow student 21-year-old Hannah Bridge has used an old chemical process which was originally used in the 1800s for documenting botanical studies. She commented: “I’ve made three prints using skeleton leaves which are essentially mixed with chemicals and exposed to ultraviolet light. The idea came from a past project looking at nature.”

The free exhibition runs until Tuesday 26 November and is open weekdays 10.00am – 5.00pm to members of the public. The Opus exhibition is one of a series of free exhibitions curated by the Hanover Project team. 

View more photos of the exhibition on Flickr.