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Posted 04.12.15

Grads at Ocean Studios inspire students

By Josie Spencer

Graphic Design grad Sue Lewry (centre) with lecturer Monika Fischbein and photography students.

Last month, BA (Hons) Graphic Design graduate Sue Lewry became an artist in residence in her brand new studio space at Ocean Studios, located at Royal William Yard, Plymouth.

Sue secured the space through our Alumni Association at a subsidised rate and is now settling in, developing her work and networking with fellow artists and industry partners.

"It’s a fantastic opportunity to be part of the Ocean Studios community and to remain in Plymouth to develop and broaden my practice in a thriving creative sector. I want to keep the connection with the college and to create links and opportunities for existing students where possible," explains Sue.

Sue invited our third year BA (Hons) Photography students into her studio to visit the space and talk to them about her current design practice. Students also learnt about Sue's earlier work as an Art Director in the fashion industry for well-known publications such as Elle Magazine and Red Magazine.

"Students were interested to find out about delivering projects in editorials from concept through to print. I talked to them about my experience of managing budgets and working with various professionals such as stylists, make-up artists, marketing and PR teams." — Sue Lewry

Sue introduced the students to photography alumni Tim Pearse, also a resident at Ocean Studios, who recently held a large format photography workshop with students from our photography programme. 

Tim talked to the students about his work and showed them the kit he uses regularly at Ocean Studios, from handmade cameras and photographic glass plates to developing chemicals and equipment. 

Students visited the Ocean Studios Christmas Exhibition, featuring work by a number of Ocean Studio artists including Sue Lewry and Tim Pearse. The exhibition is on now until Wednesday 23 December 2015, Tues – Sat, 12-5pm. 

Visit Sue's website to see more of her work.

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