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Posted 27.11.17

In Pictures: Graduation 2017

By Sarah Packer

Plymouth College of Art Graduation Ceremony 2017

Congratulations to our class of 2017! We celebrated years of hard work and creativity on Sunday 26 November at our 2017 Graduation ceremony, hosted at the Theatre Royal Plymouth.

Yesterday, in a ceremony held at Theatre Royal Plymouth, 300 students graduated from Plymouth College of Art, with a range of creative degrees at BA (Hons), Foundation and Masters levels, from Animation, Photography and Graphic Design to Fashion Media & Marketing, Film and Ceramics.

Every year we award Honorary Fellowships to recognise exceptional achievement in the creative arts, as well as recognising individuals that have achieved significant social change through the arts and culture. This year we awarded them to Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair of Arts Council England, and to Richard Deacon CBE, leading British sculptor and Turner Prize winner, who both gave inspiring speeches during the ceremony.

“In times of change, we need skills that build on creativity, adaptability and that promote an appetite for thinking imaginatively rather than following the paths of the past.” — Sir Nicholas Serota, during his acceptance speech.

Sir Nicholas Serota spoke of change and revolution in the arts and the need to approach economic and societal problems creatively, whilst also commenting on the college’s pioneering role encouraging socially responsible artistic practice.

Sir Nicholas was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from Plymouth College of Art in recognition of his outstanding achievement in cultural leadership and his transformation of public understanding of contemporary art.

From left: Principal Professor Andrew Brewerton, Sir Nicholas Serota, Ivan Sidgreaves, Richard Deacon CBE.

Being one of the foremost British sculptors of his generation, Richard Deacon spoke of the formative effect of his life in Plymouth: “It may seem arbitrary for me to be receiving this honorary fellowship, but actually I owe Plymouth and the surrounding area a great deal – really it should be the other way around, I should be honouring the city and the county.” His large steel sculpture ‘Moor’ (1990) can be seen from the Plymouth to Cornwall railway line, sitting on top of three brick viaduct columns.

Good luck to our graduating class of 2017, we wish you all the best in your creative future! #PCAGrad17

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Photos by Dom Moore. See the full album of photos on Facebook.

Want a print quality photo for yourself? You can download a high-resolution version of all our Graduation 2017 photos here.

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