Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Art in Twelve Parts at Leeds Met MA Art & Design Show

A knitting installation and a photography series exploring the theme of fantasy are just two of the innovative student artworks set to be unveiled at Leeds Metropolitan University.

The MA Art & Design Show entitled Art in Twelve Parts, is being held at the University’s City Campus, on the first and second floor of Broadcasting Place’s B Building. The event launch will be open to the public from 6pm-8.30pm on Wednesday 28 August and will run until Saturday 31 August between 11am-4pm each day.

Projects to be displayed include Electroknit by student Elizabeth Chadwick, which is an installation about the hacking of an electronic knitting machine made in the late 1980’s. The idea promotes the importance of knowledge, self-cultivation and self-expression through the medium of textiles. Another project which consists of a collection of objects, put together by student Tracey Means, will be interactive as the public are invited to add further objects to the installation.

Student Marianne Springham, who designed the event publication, commented: “We have an incredible mixture of art in this MA show, which has been curated by both students and staff and is split into 12 parts: eleven students exhibiting, eight graduating students and three year one students. The twelfth person referred to in the title - Art in Twelve Parts - references our collaborative projects, including a project in partnership with Leeds Art Gallery and a trip to London where we visited artist Simon Tyszko’s home-based installation.”

Course Leader Peter Lewis, added: “The MA Show at Leeds Met annually presents works made over the course of one or two years. These are the result of thematic, curatorial projects, engaging the public with artists and critics outside the University. The show itself is one aspect of the overall commitment of the students in their theoretical and practical undertaking inside the university, giving the group the opportunity to organise and install works at the high level demanded of a professional exhibition.”

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