MA Contemporary Art Practice Graduation Show 2017

The Gendered Archive, Juliet Middleton-Batts

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    2nd Floor, Mills Bakery, Royal William Yard, Plymouth PL1 3GD

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MA Contemporary Art Practice supports developing artists to realise their practice to the fullest possible extent, allowing the opportunity to explore and create in a supportive and challenging environment.

The University is delighted to celebrate our latest cohort of students graduating from this programme by showcasing their work in this exhibition.

Featured artists

Numina, Philip Bath

Philip's work takes diverse forms, often employing technology, to draw attention to aspects of perception and knowledge. ‘Numina’ are things which invoke a religious or spiritual feeling. What if we successively remove material specificity: specific subject matter, materials, narratives? For some people, a spiritual or religious feeling emerges from the emptiness.

Death is a Place, Monica Shanta Brown

Monica's practice encompasses digital film, installation, drawing and performance. It is the impulse of an artist embodying a cultural space of ‘occult instability’‚ cast into conscious consideration of being ‘oneself’. Monica engages with universal human experiences; Eating, Breathing, ‘Death’…as portals to ontological and metaphysical questions.

Lost Words of the West Country, Caitlin Hennessy

Caitlin is studying old (often obsolete) West Country words relating to nature. This is a deeply rural region with a rich dialect, both evocative and earthy. Her belief is that we should celebrate these lost words, and hold on to them, to better understand and reconnect with our natural surroundings.

Ore, Laura Hopes

Laura's work explores distance in a contemporary reading of the sublime. The anthropocene epoch and sublime both date from the beginnings of the industrial revolution when man’s distance from landscape – land sculpted for minerals or deemed barren in capitalist terms – led to a heightened awareness of the ecoaesthetics of environment.

The Gendered Archive, Juliet Middleton-Batts

This examines personal historical artefacts and transferences, and the female narratives they embody. Central to the work lies an exploration of women as keepers of history and custodians of the past, with an emphasis on gender and the domestic archive.

The Invisible City, Karen Pearson

The cartographer records the anonymous journeys of urban walkers that catch her attention as they traverse city centre pedestrian spaces in Plymouth. She maps their fleeting footsteps before they disappear, fixing them in space and time.


  • Wednesday 5 July, 18:00-20.30 (private view with introduction by Chris Bennewith, Head of the School of Art, Design and Architecture at 18:30)

The exhibition is open to the public from Thursday 6 July.

  • Thursday 6 July, 14:30-19:30
  • Friday 7 - Sunday 9 July, 11:00-17:00
  • Sunday 9 July, 15:00-17:00 (Cake & Conversation)
  • Friday 14 - Sunday 16 July, 11:00-17:00

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