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Artists and film-makers make their mark in their end of year degree show

PUBLISHED: 11:08 11 June 2018 | UPDATED: 11:08 11 June 2018

Fine Art student Louise Flores work for the End of Year degree show is based on photographic negatives handed down through the generations of her family. Photo: Louise Flores

Fine Art student Louise Flores work for the End of Year degree show is based on photographic negatives handed down through the generations of her family. Photo: Louise Flores

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The end of year art show is the perfect opportunity to take a look at some of the rising talent that will be making an impression on the world of creative arts in the near future. Arts editor Andrew Clarke takes a look at this year’s exhibition.

Film-maker Jordan Bloomfield looks at the phenomenon of Sutton Hoo in his End of Year degree film. Photo:  Jordan BloomfieldFilm-maker Jordan Bloomfield looks at the phenomenon of Sutton Hoo in his End of Year degree film. Photo: Jordan Bloomfield

Ipswich Art School has a long and illustrious history providing a training ground for local talent as diverse as Leonard Squirrell, Maggi Hambling and Brian Eno. Today the old Art School premises has found a new life as a contemporary art gallery next to Ipswich Museum, while the teaching has been absorbed into the Art, Design and Humanities department at the University of Suffolk.

Next week the annual End of Year Show unveils the final work from degree students crossing a multitude of different disciplines including Fine Art, Interior Architecture and Design to Digital Film Production, Graphic Design and English.

The degree course is a springboard for students to either go on to further training or to head into the world as young creatives. The End of Year Show is a dazzling showcase of innovation and imagination.

Dr Lisa Wade, Dean of the School of Art, Design and Humanities said, “The Show provides students with an opportunity to present their collected works in a formal setting. Significantly, as a team we also seek to highlight the ways in which Arts and Humanities can share and inform as subject areas; we encourage cross-disciplinary participation to promote discourse, exchange and inclusivity within our school.”

Stills from film-maker Max Downie's documentary about So Low Choppers, a custom motorcycle workshop in Stanton. Photo: Max DownieStills from film-maker Max Downie's documentary about So Low Choppers, a custom motorcycle workshop in Stanton. Photo: Max Downie

Film and screen students will present mini-show reels of their final work while English students will present their collaborative endeavours with undergraduates from the graphic design programme.”

The Art, Design and Humanities End of Year Show 2018 is on display at the University’s Ipswich campus from June 15-21. For more information, please visit www.uos.ac.uk/events.

This year’s students include:

Interior Architecture and Design student, Louise De Oliveira produced design illustrations for the End of Year degree show. Photo: Louise De OliveiraInterior Architecture and Design student, Louise De Oliveira produced design illustrations for the End of Year degree show. Photo: Louise De Oliveira

Fine Art student Louise Flores, 22, from Ipswich. “My degree work is based around a collection of 1920s/1930s photographic negatives which have been passed through my family. I have inverted these digitally and used them as inspiration for paintings, prints, and fabric transfer pieces. I have been interested in converting a collection of photographic negatives from my family into positive images and using these as a starting point to uncover information about my ancestors lives. My work involves exploring replication and multiples, as well as family history and the archive. I am interested in the concept of objects as a witness to the past, and investigating the idea of ephemera leaving behind traces of an individual’s life.”

Fellow Graphic design student, Marcus Roth, 23, from Lowestoft. “My end of year show brief was to generate contemporary, fun and exciting branding for a festival which would encapsulate the experience of independent cinemas. The inspiration for the visuals came from many different places, for example the logo interprets the architecture of the cinemas and flyers used in Hollywood in the late 50’s and 60’s influenced the typography on the poster design.”

Interior Architecture and Design student, Louise De Oliveira, 20 from Saffron Walden. “My final major project proposes the transformation of a former independent day and boarding School in Saffron Walden into a Green Hotel and Learning Centre. My project uses the work of Giovanni Battista Piranesi and his etchings of Roman architecture into ruins through the concept of growth.”

Film student Jordan Bloomfield, 21, from Ipswich. “My documentary is about the discovery of the Anglo-Saxon Burial site Sutton Hoo. After talking to my peers from the area I noticed that not many people knew that Suffolk was home to one of Britain’s greatest archaeological discoveries and so I wanted to bring it to a wider audience.”

Fellow film student Max Downie, 21, also from Ipswich. “My work is about So Low Choppers, a custom motorcycle workshop in Stanton. It showcases the incredible talents of Clive, Jay and Max and celebrates the work that the team produce as pieces of art. The craftsmanship that goes into each custom build should get huge recognition and not just from motorcyclists and enthusiasts, but from a wider creative community. I think the bikes that So Low Choppers create should be shown alongside other forms of art, such as paintings and sculptures. They’re unique and stunning pieces of work that should definitely be appreciated on a wider scale.”

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