Summer Art Exhibition

London A65

Towards the end of the summer term, the MPW art exhibition evening private view took place and this year there was as usual, a fantastic range of work to see. All areas of the art department were on display and included ambitiously staged photography, textiles and ceramics along with a comprehensive range of painting and drawing. 

Each year group was represented with noticeable pieces at every level and medium.  There was a trend towards adventurous conceptual art including Henry Lloyd Hortons ambitious and original stem cell cross section sculpture. Dominating 90 library was Ben Jocelyne’s large eye catching portraits in pencil, whilst Jinlin Fangs ‘mould ceramic piece gradually spread itself across the central plinth display. Noticeable textiles included skilfully constructed ‘logo’ garments by David Williams and delicate silk scarf prints by Edward Jordan as well as the striking stitched portraits by Millie Rowbotham. Atmospheric prints dominated photography with exceptional darkroom skills demonstrated through historical processes not least the delicate cyanotypes by Estella Hughes. The show boasted an impressive large screen showcasing a beautifully sensitive short film by Laura Foreman and many examples of unconventionally sculptural pieces including those by Junye Chen, Chris Tsoi and Chaewon Hwang.

The main MPW Art prize for 2017 was awarded to Jinlin Fang, not simply in recognition of her creative achievement but also the overall contribution that she made throughout the course, working in Art photography and Ceramics and taking part in all the extracurricular initiatives over the last year. The award was given by Dave Webster, Associate Dean for teaching and learning at UAL, who also opened the exhibition with a speech complementing the students on the strong drawing skills and the variety of technique on display. The occasion was well supported and thoroughly enjoyed by student’s parents and staff.  Well done everyone who helped particularly Arian, Bibi and Ben for organising and catering and those members of staff and students that rallied round on the day, you know who you are. We look forward to an even better exhibition next year if that is possible!

Greg Ioannou