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Posted 30.11.17

From award wins to collaborating with Tate, graduates exhibit work in London

By Sarah Packer

From left: Amelia Webster, Michelle Burns, Marie Taylor, Jane Pine, Natalie Rawling,Terry Channell, Alex Lee

Our 2017 BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing & Printmaking graduates have been making their mark on the art scene, from award wins and working with Tate to, most recently, exhibiting in London’s No Format Gallery.

Curated and managed by Second Floor Studios & Arts, No Format is an interdisciplinary visual arts gallery space based in Deptford, London. This leading arts organisation supports emerging artists with affordable studio space and exhibition opportunities in a prime central location.

Seven of our graduates showcased a collection of interdisciplinary works in a four-day exhibition that highlighted the diverse range of opportunities to specialise in within the programme, from oil painting and water-based painting to drawing and fine print.

Jane Pine // Alex Lee // Marie Taylor // Michelle Burns // Natalie Rawling // Amelia Webster // Terry Channell

Organised and hosted by the Second Floor Studios and Arts (SFSA) team, the exhibition kicked off with a private viewing for friends and family on Thursday 9 November.

Marie Taylor, one of the exhibiting artists at the Uncommon Ground exhibition, said: “Having the opportunity to work with Matthew and the SFSA team to organise this exhibition has been an amazing experience for us as recent graduates.

“One of the things we are taught throughout our degree course is the importance of being able to market ourselves and our work, and I know I speak on behalf of the entire group when I say how grateful we are to have had this opportunity.”

By exhibiting in Deptford, the graduates formed new collaborations and future project exchanges between artists in London and the South West.

Our graduates also took part in a collaborative workshop during the show.

Matthew Wood from SFSA said: “The collaboration with Plymouth College of Art is really what we are all about at Second Floor Studios and Arts. As a collective of artists ourselves, we understand and appreciate the importance of having the means and space to showcase creativity, and this exhibition is the epitome of that.

“The standard of work at the Uncommon Ground exhibition was unbelievably high and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed welcoming the graduates to London for what I hope is a long-standing partnership between ourselves and Plymouth College of Art.”

Thanks to Anthology London, Second Floor Studios and no format gallery.

Photos by Taylor Harford, BA (Hons) Commercial Photography for Fashion, Advertising & Editorial student.