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Posted 03.04.18

Photography students break boundaries with curatorial exploration

By Sarah Packer

After an intriguing foray in Make Space Studio 5 for their collaborative symposium with Banaras Hindu University, second-year students on our BA (Hons) Photography degree have, most recently, been breaking boundaries through their exploration of experimental and curatorial practice within our maker space, The Warehouse.

Our BA (Hons) Photography programme encourages students to be inquisitive and experimental in their approach to their practice, with the recent sessions in The Warehouse offering students the chance to challenge themselves and how they present their practice, resulting in a diverse range of outcomes.

We caught up with lecturer Jonathan Blyth to find out more about the project: “Taking up a week-long residency provided the time and space for the cohort to stretch out their practice, expanding narratives between the image and a more physical form.

“It was also an opportunity for them to get to grips with the curatorial possibilities of an industrial building that emulates the third year degree conclusion at Free Range Shows in the Old Truman Brewery, London.”  

Work by Kieranne McKechnie

Student Kayleigh Chalcraft said: “Working in The Warehouse this week has been really helpful as I was able to experiment with an alternative way of displaying my work. This was good practice to have before the end of the module as if I were to create it again I’d know what worked and what didn’t in order to improve it.”

Student Tamsin Harvey found working in a different space and layout sparked her creative thinking: “I really enjoyed working in The Warehouse because working creatively in a space other than our normal classroom created more room to explore our ideas.

“This installation project forced our minds to work in a different, and more creative way, pushing us out of our comfort zone. The results made for an interesting exhibition where everything varied in set up.”

Work by Kayleigh Chalcraft

Anne Moore was sceptical of the project at first due to the medium she tends to work in: “At first, I didn’t feel that this would be a useful exercise for me, as I am working with experimentation in digital film. I turned up nevertheless with some ideas around sculpture to represent the themes of my film. It didn’t seem to be working out, but on the last day with a fresh perspective, I saw the value in what I had created and accompanied it with a clip from my filming. It was great to see what others had created in such a short space of time, and how diverse the individual exhibits were.”