Last Wednesday, Verity Mansfield (Teacher of Art & Design) took students from the BTEC Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design to UCS’s Waterfront Gallery to see an exciting new collection of contemporary art that has been launched for the benefit of our students in the region. As well as being a valuable learning resource, the collection – the first of its kind – aims to raise the profile of both established and emerging artists in the eastern region.
The collection – East Contemporary Art (ECA) – will be housed by UCS and will be exhibited in two stages this year (25 Sep-13 Nov, 27 Nov-16 Jan) and again in 2014 from 1 Oct-12 Nov. Seeing the work of ‘old and new’ artists was inspiring for our Level 4 students, who are beginning their journey from student to practitioner. This was enriched by a talk from Carol Gant, the Curator at UCS and David Baldry, Head of Fine Art at UCS.
Verity talked to the students from the perspective of an artist from the collection and about the importance of engaging with such initiatives, which raise the profile of artists in this region to the rest of the UK. Carol then took the students on a whistle-stop tour around the Art School, where they had the opportunity to see degree students at work, meet some of the staff and really get a feel for what it might be like to study a range of creative subjects locally.
Watching the Fine Art 2nd years during their group critique was particularly useful, as it offered our students a taste of the type of activity they would be participating in at HE level. After the tour, Level 4 returned to the gallery to study the work in the ECA collection, before engaging in an afternoon of ‘on location’ drawing at the waterfront itself with One teacher Steve Talmadge.
If you would like to find out more about the ECA collection, please go to:http://www.ucs.ac.uk/SchoolsAndNetwork/UCSSchools/SchoolofArtsandHumanities/gallery/East-Contemporary-Art.aspx