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Thursday 6 August 2015

Students win place on Graduate Artists in Residence Award

Five creative graduates from Southampton Solent University have been given a blank canvas from which to launch their art careers, after winning a place on the University’s Graduate Artists in Residence Award.

Each year, final-year students studying at the Solent’s School of Art, Design and Fashion are invited to apply for the award, which culminates in an exhibition at the University’s gallery, Solent Showcase.

Funded and supported the University’s School of Art, Design and Fashion, the award provides graduates with the time, money and space to make and exhibit new work over the summer.

“As well as giving them a public gallery platform from which to exhibit their work, the scheme teaches the successful applicants how to make the transition from student to professional,” says gallery curator Kate Maple.

Over the course of three months, each artist receives £500 to cover the cost of materials; free use of the University’s fully equipped large studios; and support from the Solent Showcase curators.


Southampton student Wendy is delighted to be part of the scheme and is making the most of the opportunities it offers. “Being given this opportunity has boosted my confidence and helped me understand better the way galleries and artists work together to produce a great exhibition,” she says, “and being given use of the studio and University facilities over the summer months to produce the work is a great privilege.”

Keen to use fewer chemicals and more natural pigments, Wendy) who was awarded a first class honours in BA (Hons) Fine Art this summer, is using the residency to develop her work in egg tempera – a classical painting technique which uses water, ground pigment and egg yolk.

“At the beginning of last year I only had a basic knowledge of this medium, which is proving to be an advantage,” she says. “It’s encouraging me, through experimentation, to push the boundaries.”

The Watermark WestQuay development is the subject of Wendy’s latest work. Inspired by the urban development to the west of Southampton’s medieval walls, the 3×4 feet painting portrays a snap shot in time of the view from the city’s historic Arundal Tower.

The other successful graduates on the scheme are: Wil Whittington, BA (Hons) Illustration; Emma Payne, BA (Hons) Animation; Jeremie Glaize, BA (Hons) Fine Art; and Kristine Erminasa, BA (Hons) Fine Art.

Visitors will be able to see Wendy’s work, and that of the other artists on the scheme, at the Artists in Residence exhibition, which will be at the Solent Showcase Gallery from 4 September to 10 October 2015.

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