a-n Degree Shows Guide 2015
This year’s 50-page a-n Degree Shows Guide 2015 features more than 75 forthcoming shows across the UK, plus perspectives from artists, curators, academics and graduating students on what artist Bob and Roberta Smith refers to as an “incredible rite of passage”.
“The degree show is an incredible moment when all this expectation kind of explodes and you witness all these new voices. It’s a fantastic manifestation – a kind of passing out parade of all the work and all the students.”
So says artist Bob and Roberta Smith in the 2015 a-n Degree Shows Guide, a 50-page guide to this year’s graduate art and design shows taking place across the UK.
As a campaigner on art education and associate professor at The Cass School of Art, London, Smith is all too aware of the importance of degree shows to students, referring to them as an “incredible rite of passage”.
What the degree show means to graduating students – as well as to the viewing public – is picked up on by several of the interviewees in this year’s guide.
Steven Bode from Film and Video Umbrella talks of moving image work putting pressure on the appropriateness of the traditionally bustling and busy degree show, while Artes Mundi director Karen MacKinnon wonders if universities could be doing more to engage with their locality and to accommodate the work of students for whom the gallery is a problematic space.
Louise Hutchinson of S1 Artspace in Sheffield, meanwhile, suggests that the degree show needs to be approached more like a ‘proper’ exhibition – and that students really shouldn’t bother with those business cards.
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