Faculty of Arts
BA / MA Graduate talk on TED
BA (Hons) Fine Art and MA graduate Sue Austin has been a constant source of inspiration and pride, we are always happy to point out that she is a double plymouth graduate! You can now find her on high the high profile idea sharing platform TED where she talks about her Freewheeling project. link to the video
Students exhibit at Dutch Design Week
3D students have recently returned from a successful visit to Dutch Design Week
where they showcased a collection of work inspired by up-cycling.
The visit was organised as a result of PLLANT
, a joint venture between Plymouth, Lincoln, Loughborough and Nottingham Trent universities. PLLANT is a collaborative design group involving young designers from all four universities that concentrates on the Upcycling of Waste Material to create a range of innovative and enhanced outcomes. The project is supported by Co-product, and aims to showcase it's work internationally at major design festivals and events throughout the coming months, Dutch Design Week was just the beginning
Art History Professor curates National Portrait Gallery exhibition
An exhibition of Iconic native American portraits by the US artist George Catlin (1796-1872)
will open on 7 March 2013 at the National Portrait Gallery, London, in collaboration with the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington. The exhibition is curated by Dr Stephanie Pratt, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Plymouth who has published extensively on the representation of Native American peoples, and Dr Joan Carpenter Troccoli, Founding Director of the Petrie Institute of Western American Art at the Denver Art Museum, from which she retired in 2012. She is co-author of George Catlin andHis Indian Gallery (2002).
Dance film to be screened at New York’s Dance on Film Festival
'Blind Torrent' is a Dance / Arts film Directed and Produced by dance artist/scholar Ruth Way , and film maker and visual artist Russell Frampton. This practice as research project explores how these filmic ritual landscapes sought to unearth connections between notions of site, artifact, temporality and embodied choreographic response. The film has been selected to be screened as part of the 41st Dance on Camera Festival 2013 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York
Graduate wins prestigeous Illustration award
2012 graduate Emma Haines has won a hotly contested Gold in the New Talent section of this year's Association of Illustrators (AOI) awards Seven of Plymouth’s 2012 graduates feature in the AOI's Images annual and several in the exhibition. The Awards presentation and launch of the Images 36 annual took place on 2 October in the historic Seaman’s Hall in Somerset House. Read More ...
Lighthouse Animation shortlisted for film award
An animated 16mm film about a drowning sailor who is rescued by a friendly seal, made by students from Sir John Hunt Community Sports College during a collaborative media arts project with Plymouth University, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Kids for Kids UK 2012 Film Competition in the 13-19 years Animation Category Read More ...
Rivers and Streams: Photography by Jem Southam
Professor of Photography Jem Southam is one of the UKs most respected photographers. His latest body of work, Rivers and Streams, explores elements of the River Exe’s extensive network of streams, confluences and the estuary, creating a series of photographs that explore how one defines a river. You can visit the Rivers and Streams exhibition at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen from 15 September - 4 November.
Fine Art graduate featured in Southbank Unlimited festival
MA Fine Art graduate Sue Austin has been busy taking her underwater wheelchair performances to audiences as part of the cultural olympiad. Sue's work 'Creating the Spectacle' is one of a number of Arts Council England 'Unlimited' commissions that will be featured at The Southbank Centre in a high profile festival to coincide with the 2012 Paralympics, details of the festival can be found on the Southbank Unlimited
website. Her work and further details of the project can be found on her website
Dr. Roberta Mock writes for Times Higher ...
Professor of Performance Studies Roberta Mock has a two page spread in the Times Higher this week (30th August). Her article 'Carnesky's Tarot Drome' Looks at the performance artist Marisa Carnesky, 'a show-woman who specialises in reanimation. Waxworks, dolls, ghosts, half-remembered traditions, mythical goddesses and now tarot cards', and is inspired by highly personal associations, including her complex relationship with Jewishness. This article has arisen from Dr Mock's research into Jewish female performance practice, popular performance and live art.
Graduate Gavin Jones is looking forward to a wild future
Graduate Gavin Jones and his start up company Elixel have been busy working for the WIld Futures charlty creating an online game and app to launch the charity's latest campaign film staring Stephen Fry! Gavin first worked with Wild Futures as a BA/BSc (Hons) Digital Art and Technology student helping to create a platform game 'Kodak's Jungle Rumble' .... a great example of how real life projects as an undergraduate really do have long term benefits! Read the University's press releases about Gavin's work: Monkey Goes Nuts for Stephen Fry ; Move over Donkey Kong - here comes Kodak the Monkey!
Faculty nominations for VC Awards 2012
We are proud to have staff, students and graduates nominated in six of the seven categories in the 2012 VC Awards. Examples include: a team from the School of Humanities and Performing Arts for their 'Connected' work developing an audio installation for St Leonard's Chruch, Sheepstor; Lecturers Gianni Corino (DAT), Ashley Potter (illustration) and Roy Tam (3D Design) for 'Empowering' and inspirational teaching; the 'Creative' Peninsula Arts team for delivering an ambitious arts programme of national significance; and, Media Arts student Danny Cooke for his 'Spirited' international award winning work. Other nominees include Pieter De Wilde, Paul Honeywill and Plymouth Arhitecture and Design Society
Read about the VC Awards
Students and staff work on Official London 2012 Mascot films
Illustration programme Leader Ashley Potter made the most of his role as Production Designer by negotiating paid work experience for three current BA (Hons) Illustration students. The final of four films, 'Rainbow to the Games' will be shown in its entirety on CBBC at 5pm on July 27th (the day of the Opening Ceremony). Further information
Plymouth University and VaroomLab Illustration symposium, 14th & 15th September 2012. This event will explore how new technologies, concepts, and professional issues are encouraging innovation, shaping the subject and pushing the illustration community to practice in new ways.
Delegates will be invited to attend the launch of Making Great lllustration, an exhibition of artwork and photographs exploring the working processes of more than 20 of the world’s leading illustrators, including Ronald Searle, Ralph Steadman, Quentin Blake, Emmanuel Guibert, Yuko Shimizu and Kitty Crowther, and opening of the Plymouth International Book Festival with readings by Helen Dunmore Book your place
iDAT host Young Rewired State (YRS) workshop
From 6th-10th August iDAT will be one of a 50 regional centres around the country hosting young people who are driven to teach themselves how to code. During the week long event local participants wil be challenged to build digital products. At the end of the week everyone will head up to Birmingham for the 'Festival of Code' and the YRS 'Digital Olympics'! Further information can be found on the Young Rewired State website
Local school project screened at London film festival
The Lighthouse 16mm animation, made by kids from the After School Media Club at Sir John Hunt school, and inspired by Smeaton's Tower on Plymouth Hoe, will be shown at the East End Film Festival's CineEast day at the Kobi Nazrul Centre in London on Sunday 1 July http://www.eastendfilmfestival.com/cineeast
The project was led by Kayla Parker, Media Arts
lecturer and supported by Media Arts and MA Contemporary Film Practice
Arts Degree Show open to the public
The Faculty of Arts annual Degree Show is now open to the public until Thursday 28 June 2012. Work from final year students covering a range of disciplines from Fine Art to Media, Architecture to Graphic Communication and 3D Design to Digital Art is on view showing the depth and breadth of student talent at Plymouth University. www.plymouth.ac.uk/artsdegreeshow
Zombie Performance Symposium
Plymouth University's Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA) are dead excited to open the call for papers for 'Zombies: Walking, Eating and Performance' , a one day symposium taking place on 13 April 2013. The deadline for proposals is 30 November 2012 .
Professor of Photography Liz Wells curates expo in Brussels
Sense of Place, European Landscape Photography opens at the BOZAR Cantre for Fine Arts on 14 June with Professor Liz Wells as guest curator. View the promotional poster as a PDF.
3D Design students win big in China!
This May students and staff from 10 UK Universities and 6 Chinese universities participated in a British Council organised project to create designs for the ‘upcycling’ of Chinese industrial leftovers. Plymouth University played an important role within the competition and won the individual award for the best student design and the most outstanding group project this gave the University a staggering 75% of the prizes awarded!
English students leave their mark on London 2012
PU students Katy Else and Rachel Nafzger were both selected to take part in events linked to London 2012. Rachel was selected to be a Future Flame Ambassador and olympic torchbearer. Nationally only 10 young people were selected fortheir work and ability to inspire others through their passions for sport, the environment, music and more. Katy is one of '12 Poets of 2012' selected after a nationwide search by 'The National Lottery and Winning Words'. The winning team of poets are creating a poem to be showcased in the Olympic Park during the London Games
Students gain prestigious typography award for third year running
The ISTD (International Society of Typographic Designers) Student Assessment is renowned throughout industry for its rigour. Every year a student brief is set and applicants who complete the brief to a high standard are awarded membership of the organisation, a prestigious honour indeed. This year, for the third year running, our students have risen to the challenge and succeeded. Third year BSc (Hons) Graphic Communication with Typography students James Drayson and Sarah Essex join previous winners Mario Picarello and Michael Davey .
Destino to screen on Sky Arts 2
The Contemporary Dance Story - Destino featuring Plymouth University lecturer, Adam Benjamin and Honorary Doctorate, Russell Maliphant will be screened on Sky Arts 2 on May 10th. Read more about this film...
3D Design at Plymouth University ... shortlisted for lighting award
3D Design student Simon Locke-Wheaton's HiMacs lighting system has been shortlisted for this years Lighting Design Association's Student Lighting Awards
BA (Hons) Media Arts student & lecturer win international film award
A Staff/Student partnership between Associate Lecturer in Media Arts , Amanda Bluglass and Second Year Media Arts student Danny Cooke garnered yet another international film festival award for the short film 'Ray: A Life Underwater'
Students' exhibition nomintated for Museums and Heritage Excellence Awards 2012
BA (Hons) Illustration students' exhibition “Draw Me a Story” has been nominated for the Museums and Heritage Excellence Awards 2012 for 'Best Project on a Limited Budget'!
The nominated "Draw Me A Story" exhibition was the first collaboration between the Plymouth City Museum and the BA Illustration course and involved several of last year's students illustrating on the walls of the Museum's Gallery walls and helping to run public workshops.
Plymouth Design graduate inventing for the medical world
Hope of a pain-free needle injection is one step closer thanks to the creativity of 3D Design graduate, Oliver Blackwell, reports the BBC
Cities under seige - lecture from Prof Stephen Graham
Professor of Cities and Society at Newcastle University, Stephen Graham tells Plymouth University Architecture students why cities have become the new battleground of the urban world.
Journey: art or gaming?
Does the most talked about game of 2012, Journey , see pioneering Plymouth University artist, Roy Ascott's vision realised?
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