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Posted 03.08.16

Painting, Drawing and Printmaking graduate visits Westminster to celebrate women’s suffrage

By Phillip Buchan

BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing and Printmaking graduate Faith Rhodes with her work at the college Crit Club

Faith Rhodes, graduate from our BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing and Printmaking programme, recently set out on an exciting personal journey to Parliament in order to help better inform her art practice.

Faith, an accomplished painter who has successfully gained a place on the MLitt Fine Art Practice programme at Glasgow School of Art, was invited to interview renowned artist Mary Branson about her residency in Parliament.

'All Hung Up' (2016) - Faith Rhodes' homage to Ana Mendieta and an expression of the injustices of patriarchal control in the art world. Oil on 8 foot x 5 foot wall, chains and dead roses.

“It was a real privilege to interview Mary Branson," said Faith, "her work is an example of trail blazing in the name of empowerment for women.

"It was great to hear about artwork that is so daring and socially engaged, it has highlighted important issues that society has previously rather shut the door on. I was also invited to attend the launch of her final artwork titled ‘New Dawn’ - it was hugely inspiring!”

"The Painting, Drawing & Printmaking programme gave me the freedom to grow without limiting myself to a school of painting or philosophy.” – Faith Rhodes, graduate

‘New Dawn’ is a light reactive stained glass installation triggered by the tides of the Thames, commissioned to sit above the doorway to St. Stephen's Hall. The piece marks a significant point in Westminster Hall that was once strictly prohibited for women.

Work by Faith Rhodes in Plymouth College of Art's Graduate Shows 2016

Rhodes went on to say, “As part of my Masters I aim to continue exploring humanitarian themes in my work. I want to begin by discovering and enhancing strong feminist and gender unbiased networks in Scotland and internationally.

“What really matters to me as an artist, performer and human rights activist, is researching and communicating with others; striving towards a more tolerant, non-violent and fair society. The Painting, Drawing & Printmaking programme gave me the freedom to grow without limiting myself to a school of painting or philosophy.”

Our BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing & Printmaking programme is one of only a few programmes in the UK to offer specialist technical and critical study.

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