For around two weeks, more than 500 pieces of work spanning a range of artistic disciplines will adorn the walls and floors of venues across the city.
The culmination of several years’ work, the event launches on Saturday 11 June and is a showcase for the incredible talent and potential being nurtured at the University. But it is also an opportunity for graduating students to engage with a critical audience, in many instances for the first time, with some of them being available for commission and their works for sale.
The free public exhibition is being staged in the Roland Levinsky Building and Scott Building on the University campus, and the Mills Bakery at Royal William Yard.
Professor Dafydd Moore, Executive Dean of Arts and Humanities at Plymouth University, said:
“The University is blessed with hundreds of talented arts students, and HOT’16 is an opportunity for them, their lecturers and tutors to celebrate their academic achievements. The Degree Show is a festival of art and design that transforms our campus and our studios at Royal William Yard. It is nothing less than the culmination of many years of experimentation, refinement and sheer hard work and we are confident that the creativity and imagination nurtured during their studies at Plymouth University can inspire them to even greater success in their future careers.”HOT’16 will feature works by final year students from 3D design, fine art, illustration, media and TV arts, photography, digital media and animation, architecture, graphic communication with typography, and digital art and design.
There are sculptures, paintings, photographic collections, illustrations and digital innovations, many with interactive elements designed to capture visitors’ imaginations. And while much of the work has been completed in various studios within the University, other students have drawn inspiration within Plymouth, the South West and beyond.
Ahead of the public opening, there will be a preview exhibition on Friday night, to be opened by Professor David Coslett, former Interim Vice-Chancellor, and with a performance by acclaimed guitarist Will McNicol, an alumnus from the 3D design degree.
The show will then be open to the public Monday to Friday, 1.00pm to 4.00pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 11.00 am to 4.00pm.