Elizabeth Challinor, final year BA (Hons) Fine Art student at the University of Central Lancashire, was selected to exhibit her artwork in this years’ Liverpool Lightnight event, an annual one-night showcase of creative events and light-based art in the city.
The work Elizabeth submitted for the event was under the theme she has been developing throughout her degree at UCLan. She said:
“Fleeting developed out of an idea I'd been toying around with for a while and was a result of wanting to put my own spin on ‘The Void’, and the idea of physical, visible emptiness.
“I like to take personal, sometimes secretive thoughts and feelings, and present them to the audience in a way which makes them feel vague and confused. I purposely choose to not reveal the context behind the words, prompting the audience to make their own perceptions about what I'm telling them.”
Elizabeth explains how she sourced and underwent the process of the application and event independently, yet felt very aware of the support she had available by her tutors:
“Obviously being selected was a really big deal, so I wanted to organise the whole entire thing alone, as I felt like I wanted to prove that I could actually achieve it on my own without the safety net of the University. The Fine Art tutors were really encouraging and supportive, and offered me advice whenever I asked for it. I also physically created the work in my studio space at UCLan too so technically I wouldn't have been able to do it outside of the University.”
Having received positive feedback about her work during the event, the emerging artist talks about how events such as Liverpool Lightnight provide creative university students the live experience and networking opportunities to develop their careers in the industry:
“I managed to speak to a few people from the creative scene who really seemed to enjoy my work, and I even got mentioned in a really positive review by Messy Lines; a Liverpool based writer who reviews exhibitions in the North West.”
When asked about how she feels about UCLan and the opportunities she has been provided during her studies, Elizabeth said:
“I've become so much more confident and adventurous with my ideas and my work, and I don't think that would have happened if I didn't have the support of the degree. I've been given the opportunity and encouragement to be able to evolve the way I think about and create work and have managed to develop my individual practise into something I'm really excited about.
"It's definitely shaped who I am as a person and as an artist. The tutors have been so supportive with everything that I've managed to achieve so far both in and outside of the degree, and it's definitely made me more excited to continue pursuing an artistic career once I've graduated.”
28 June 2018