Thursday, 27 November 2014

BA Photography exhibits at Changing Spaces

The Basement Show showcases work from our BA Photography. Last summer we invited Maria Mann, Director of International Relations & Creative Photography at European Pressphoto Agency to work with our students, giving lectures on professional conduct. She also did portfolio reviews for our second and third year students. Students, like always, enjoyed the external input and relished the opportunity of feedback from the industry.

We then asked Maria to curate a show for us, independent from grades and other university work. Maria went with her gut feeling, searching through our first, second and third year students’ work and coming up with a selection we are now proudly presenting here.

Rosie Field, exhibition manager for this show, graduated in October and relishes the opportunity to be in charge of her first show. Rosie is working with several galleries in London and Cambridge and was inspired by working with Maria on this project.

Congratulations to all the photographers on show and thank you to Maria for her enthusiasm. We are very please to showcase the talent on BA Photography course at the Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University.


Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Current Conflict - Artists Talk 10th November

Current Conflicts is an exhibition of recent work by six photographers at the Ruskin Gallery at the Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University. 

The exhibition aims to engage the public with a series of artists’ responses to ideas around modern warfare, in particular the West’s engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is a very topical subject, through our own research and the work done at seminars we have found that the exhibition provides a forum for debate. We have discovered a public feeling that there is little alternative to thinking about war except within the parameters set out by the media. Concepts such as embedding and citizen journalism do not seem to have resulted in any increased knowledge, empathy or discussion. The artists have built towards two significant markers occurring in 2014; the pullout of NATO troops from Afghanistan and the centenary of the start of the First World War. One of the themes of Current Conflicts is the constant of war in human life. Others include masculinity and war, media representations (and misrepresentations), the aesthetics of war, and landscapes and war. The artists utilise their varied proximity to current conflicts to explore ideas shared by all of us when confronted by the modern notion of war.

Current Conflicts features work by Matthew Andrew, Christopher Down, Richard Monje, Olivia Hollamby, Jamie Simonds and Les Monaghan

On Monday 10 November at 4pm there will be an artists’ talk for our students and the general public.