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Posted 02.08.16

Foundation Diploma graduates wow audiences at Tate Modern

By Phillip Buchan

'All that is solid melts into air' (2016) by Anaya Harrup, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design graduate from Plymouth College of Art

Carmen Kirkby and Anaya Harrup, two of our 2016 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design graduates, were selected from hundreds of young artists to exhibit at one of the world’s leading art institutions, Tate Modern in London.

To celebrate the unveiling of their new building, the Tate Modern hosted a three day celebration to showcase the very best of Tate.

After answering a callout for emerging artists’ work exploring the future of art and creativity, Anaya Harrup and Carmen Kirkby were both selected to show artwork in the Turbine Hall gallery, famous for hosting international modern and contemporary work by artists such as Damien Hirst.

Tate Modern partnered with clothing company Uniqlo to showcase the work of young artists in both the renowned Tate Modern Turbine Hall and across London Uniqlo stores.

“In the first couple of weeks of the Foundation Diploma I felt uncomfortable about how much the course differed to A-level, before realising how beneficial autonomy is for my practice." —  Carmen Kirkby,  graduate

Anaya exhibited garments created as part of her Foundation Diploma final major project at Plymouth College of Art, in response to the theme ‘Trauma’.

Her work, entitled ‘All that is solid melts into air’, was designed to meet the need for mental and physical protection in a post apocalyptic world, and was named as a reference to Marx’s idea of the expanding nature of capitalism and the negative implications that this has on people in vulnerable positions such as the current Syrian refugee crisis.

'All that is solid melts into air' (2016) by Anaya Harrup, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design graduate from Plymouth College of Art

“For young people to have work alongside old and famous artists, blurring the lines of what defines an artist is so inspiring for the next generation," said Anaya. "The opening weekend started in the Turbine Hall with DJ's and projectors showcasing young artists’ work."

“The new building blends with the old, and for the first time ever performance and digital art is a large part of the Tate Gallery. It was a privilege to be part of this new project and I really enjoyed completing my Foundation Diploma and all the opportunities that it gave me," Anaya said.

Carmen’s sculptural work investigates ideas such as modern growth and innovation and has represented the best in local emerging talent in Plymouth’s Young Contemporary Open this year. In her free time she volunteers at KARST, Plymouth’s largest independent, artist-led contemporary art venue.

'When I Didn't' (2016) by Carmen Kirkby, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design graduate from Plymouth College of Art

“My work is an indirect response to moral standards and the existential," said Carmen. "There is a balance between resentment and encouragement in regards to what our planet is becoming; the hangover of industrialisation and patriotism, and the stubborn force of tradition,” said Carmen.

“In the first couple of weeks of the Foundation Diploma I felt uncomfortable about how much the course differed to A-level, before realising how beneficial autonomy is for my practice - it sounds cliché, but I can’t imagine the state my work would be in if I hadn’t done this course," Carmen said.

"It was a privilege to be part of this new project and I really enjoyed completing my Foundation Diploma and all the opportunities that it gave me.” —  Anaya Harrup, graduate

Our Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is an intensive, one-year programme with students learning through discovery, experimentation and exploration. With outstanding facilities and studio provision, the course excels in nurturing creativity and giving students the confidence to engage in exciting opportunities.

Part of the 'So What Of It' series (2016) by Carmen Kirkby, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design graduate from Plymouth College of Art

Life after Foundation Diploma looks bright for the two graduates, with both moving on to undergraduate creative studies. Anaya’s artwork was also chosen for the prestigious ‘Origins’ UAL exhibition that took place at The Meiner Gallery, London showcasing the newest UK creative talent.

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