‘Another Line to Follow’ – School of Art Gallery, 2nd March – 01 May 2020

JUNES Exhibition

Another Line to Follow celebrates the ongoing friendship and collaboration between artists who share a common thread through their interest in abstraction and who are connected to Aberystwyth University, having met whilst either teaching or studying art. The idea of ‘following lines’ emerged as a challenge to see if it would be possible to make a direct response to each other’s artwork.

Each line began with a starting point of either a drawing, a postcard communication or a finished artwork and a series of responses evolved. However, no two lines begin in the same way. For instance, there is the line that traces how one artist developed ink and graphite studies made on location in Scotland through to a finished studio painting, with the inclusion of responses made to the various stages along the way. Another line began with each artist having the restriction of selecting just six colours from a limited range and then making compositions following an exchange of their chosen colour palette.

As it unfolded, the project highlighted the complexity of the response mechanism and several observations were made, including that the initial responses to a small sketch made outdoors at Nant-y-moch reservoir were all collages. In other lines, too, collage plays a part. Arguably, it could be that collage offers an accessible route into the process, allowing for elaboration of the initial image through the incorporation of colour and texture by using minimal means, and in doing so might liberate the imagination for the creation of further images.

From the outset, the aims included providing an insight into the creative process and to demonstrate how series of work can be produced from the slightest of starting points. It is hoped that the exhibition inspires current students to understand that communication and collaboration go on beyond art school. As the participants discovered through their exchanges of artwork and discussions on the image-making process, there is indeed always another line to follow!

Biographical information:

Carolyn Wallace attended the Royal College of Art, 1967-1970, and eventually settled in Wales. She was visiting tutor at the Elisabeth Frink School of Figurative Sculpture and taught Continuing Education art classes from her studio in Ystrad Meurig, attended by June Forster. Carolyn has work in the Contemporary Art Society for Wales and has exhibited most recently with Tom Voyce and June Forster at ‘Teaching Painting: Fully Awake 5.6’ in London, that looked at the impact of intergenerational art teaching.

June Forster trained at the School of Art, Aberystwyth, and began teaching there at the start of her PhD Fine Art studies in 2007. As tutor in drawing and painting she met Rachel Rea, Tom Voyce and Alysia Webster during their first-year studies and later collaborated on a postcard exchange with Tom during his MA. Since finishing the PhD in 2014, she continues to explore her interests in aspects of landscape experience and colour interaction. She has exhibited widely since 2005 and has work in the ‘Paintings in Hospitals’ collection.

Rachel Rea was awarded a first-class BA Fine Art and English Literature in 2016 and MA Fine Art (Distinction) in 2018 from Aberystwyth University. She works from her studio in Borth, exhibiting in gallery and group shows in various parts of the UK and her paintings feature in many private collections.

Tom Voyce studied at the School of Art and was awarded a first-class BA Fine Art (2012) and MA Fine Art (Distinction) in 2014. Tom went on to qualify as a teacher and continued to paint, and in 2017 won Sky Arts ‘Landscape Artist of the Year’. He has subsequently travelled all over the world teaching workshops and exhibiting and is represented by several galleries in the UK and New Zealand.

Alysia Webster was awarded a first-class BA Fine Art in 2016 and MA (Distinction) in 2018 from Aberystwyth University. She paints from her studio in Yorkshire, exhibits widely, and has work in many private collections. Her work featured in The Graduate Art Prize, London, in 2017 and she is represented by ARTIQ.

Photos: Exhibitions Opening, 6. December 2019, School of Art: John Duffin & Simon Pierse

Our visitors enjoyed the opening of John Duffin’s Retrospective and Simon Pierse’s Shy Green – Ice Blue: Paintings of Greenland on Friday night. The evening was a great chance for students, staff and guests to have a chat with both artists and find out about their work.

The exhibitions are open Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm, until the 7th February 2020. Please be aware that the School of Art Gallery is closed from 23th December until the 3rd January 2020. It will be open again on the 6th January 2020.

John Duffin’s exhibition
Simon Pierse’s (left) exhibition
John Duffin (left) and Head of Department Professor Robert Meyrick
John Duffin

The Winter Show, School of Art, 11 December 2019, 6pm – 9pm

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The Winter Show is an exciting, annual, one- evening, 2 hour, site and situation specific, ‘pop-up’ intervention exhibition at the School of Art, Buarth Mwar, Aberystwyth University. The exhibition will feature a wide range of interdisciplinary projects such as performance, workshops, installation, mixed media assemblage, text, video and sound by 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students on the Creative Arts and Fine Art Interdisciplinary Practice modules.

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Photo: Keith Morris

Over 25 exciting, challenging and original responses and interpretations to the architecture, culture and creative educational programme will directly and subtly engage with ‘sites and situations’ in and around the School of Art offering new understanding and awareness of the school and its role within the University and Abersytwyth community. The exhibition, curated by a student curatorial team, enables the student participants to celebrate their own work and support the work of their peers through this unique public platform.

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Students will welcome visitors with a guide- book and refreshments at the welcome desk in the School of Art Foyer between 6.00 – 9.00pm.

John Duffin: Prints and Paintings, 09/12/2019 – 07/02/2020, School of Art Gallery

Coastal Trains - Victoria Station, etching 38 x 25 cm (15 x 10 inch)
Coastal Trains – Victoria Station, etching 38 x 25 cm (15 x 10 inch)

John Duffin is a painter and printmaker who makes images of the urban environment that show the energy and drama of contemporary life. His work is influenced by film noir and graphic novels and contains unusual overhead angles, cinematic crops and an implied narrative that the viewer can interpret as they wish. His work is in many public and private collections and has great appeal to a wide audience.

‘Shy Green – Ice Blue’ Simon Pierse: Paintings of Greenland, 09/12/2019 – 07/02/2020, School of Art Gallery

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In September 2018, Simon Pierse joined the Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute on an expedition to the arctic regions of West Greenland and Baffin Island. On board the Russian-owned research ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov he made sketches of icebergs, saw the northern lights from the ship’s deck and met the Inuit community of Qikiqtarjuaq.

These paintings in oil and watercolour, prints and photographs are a memory of that experience.

Simon Pierse is Emeritus Senior Lecturer at Aberystwyth University, member of the Royal Watercolour Society, the Australian Watercolour Institute, and Keeper of Pictures at the Alpine Club.

Northern Lights

Shy green
timidly pale at first
but emboldened,
little by little,
to dance in the dark
– as if no-one is watching –
like a torch-waving child
swirling arabesques into the night sky.

Then fading away
until
a silent encore
brings me from my bed
to stand on deck,
pyjama bottoms
dampened by the salty swill,
Gazing upwards
at the inky dancing floor.

Simon Pierse