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Technicians change Perceptions

18 February 2013

Rachel Atkinson

Technical staff showcase their artistic talents for new exhibition

The tables have been turned in the first-of-its-kind exhibition at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Technicians who are more accustomed to assisting art students and academics have decided to showcase their own creative talents in Perceptions, which runs until 27 February.

The 15 members of the Technical Resource Support Team, from UCLan’s Learning and Information Service, have produced work in a number of disciplines including fashion, photography, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and model making.

“Our work has been well-received by the students, staff, our families and friends”

It was the brainchild of Crispin Owen, Deputy Technical Resource Manager for UCLan. He said: “The idea for the show was something I have been keen to do for a while and I was pleased that a number of the technical staff were also keen on the idea.

“I wanted to showcase the creative talents and highlight the different side of the technical team’s abilities that support art and design. A number of the technicians, including myself, have completed their MA’s at UCLan so thought it was a great way of showing what we can do.”

“We’ve all found it a positive experience and it’s been great for teamwork between all the technicians”


The countryside, old photos, recycling and working with business prompted some the design work on display.

Crispin added: “Our work has been well-received by the students, staff, our families and friends. I think they’ve been surprised by the creativity we’ve displayed. We’ve all found it a positive experience and it’s been great for teamwork between all the technicians.”

Perceptions, housed in the PR1 Gallery in UCLan’s Victoria building, is free and open to the public until 27 February.