All Forms of Art Take Centre Stage

22 September 2014

Lyndsey Boardman

MA Fine Art Show produces eye-catching displays

A local landmark, a terminated train line, a 13th century book of psalms and recycled materials have all provided the inspiration for an eye-catching exhibition at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

The 2014 MA Fine Art Degree Show saw 10 final year students display their work which incorporated paintings, sculptures, printmaking, moving image, photography and inventive forms of installation.

A fascination with historical ruins led to mother-of-two Alison Tootell creating a range of graphite pencil drawings which captured the demolition of Bamber Bridge Mill.

The 44-year-old, from Charnock Richard, visited the site every Sunday morning for 16 weeks and took 2,500 photographs to help her capture the mill at every stage of its demolition.

Alison, who has studied art for the past six years at both Runshaw College and UCLan, said:

“I love working in pencil and the detail I’ve been able to add to my work has given it a great haunting feel which is what the abandoned building gives you when you’re stood in front of it.”

Old ceiling panels and warped wood found in a timber yard skip were key materials in Rachel Marcoft’s colourful creation entitled Mabel.

The 26-year-old, from Liverpool, said: “I wanted to produce a piece which gave everyday household items a more exciting purpose. I used household paints to give my structure a vibrant, playful feel and I’m delighted I could utilise recycled materials to give it form and texture.”

The old West Lancashire Railway line from Southport to Preston provided Amanda Robertshaw with the inspiration for her artistic video.

The 44-year-old took nine months to walk the 17 mile route with a fixed camera on her helmet. She then speeded up the footage to 27 minutes – the same time it would have taken the train to make the journey.

“I did get some funny looks when I was walking along paths and through housing estates with a camera fixed on my head,” said Amanda.

“I wanted to make it a ghost-like, phantom journey and I’m delighted with the outcome.”

Mature student Olivia Keith, who moved from Hampshire to Brindle to study on the MA Site and Archive Interventions course, created 12 ‘husks’ which reflect a different month of the year. Her inspiration came from the Cuerden Psalter, a 13th century book of psalms.

Associate lecturer Claire Hope commented: “The work represented the continual dynamic shifts and debates within the diversity of contemporary practice. There was some fascinating work on show combined with some very innovative forms of public engagement, site related historical archiving and inventive documentation of social projects.”

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