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Posted 10.02.16

Students launch college-wide Crit Club with Q-Art director

By Sarah Packer

BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing and Printmaking students Marie Taylor, Amelia Webster and Samantha Berzins launched their first student-led Crit Club last week.

The club was launched by Sarah Rowles, Director of Q-Art – a company that runs national critiques – following her talk at our college-wide 'I'm a Creative' industry sessions.

Inspired by Q-Art, their aim is to bring creatives together across disciplines to create an open forum where art can be freely discussed and share new ideas.

"Having previously taken part in various crit formats, this worked the best for me! I think we all know what it is we want to ask and this environment provided the opportunity to do so, allowing people to respond freely," said one audience member.

Crit Club invites students from across the college from all disciplines to bring their work, at whatever stage it's at, to be critiqued in a friendly, fresh and inspirational way. It will also be a place to meet new people and make connections with like-minded creatives.

“It’s great inviting new people into the space, everyone has that creative gene – we are all making and everyone's thoughts are valid.” — Marie Taylor, BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing and Printmaking student.

The club hopes to benefit students, graduates and practising artists in the area offering 'fresh eyes' to look at their work, with discussion around some of their ideas to help them move forward with a project.

Explaining why they started the Crit Club, student Marie Taylor said, “We want to change the stigma around critiques and the anxiety that is associated with them, helping to break down these barriers in a friendly environment whilst developing professional practice and boosting confidence. We want to change attitudes.”

“The skills you gain from crits like being able to discuss your work, learning to listen to opinions and taking what you need from that, having confidence in what you do, networking and collaboration – these are all transferable skills that you can use in the future.

“It’s great inviting new people into the space, everyone has that creative gene – we are all making and everyone's thoughts are valid.”

Crit Club will run throughout the academic year with the option to extend during the summer months for summer projects.

BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing and Printmaking student Faith Pallett was the first student presenting work in the Crit Club.

You can take part in the Crit Club in two ways - present your work and gain feedback and critique from the audience, helping you move forward with your art projects in an informal atmosphere.

“I really enjoyed spending time with the staff and students at the college these last couple of days. There is an amazing energy here which really stands out." — Sarah Rowles, Director of Q-Art.

Or, just come along and be part of our audience and experience a critique as an audience member, inputting as much or as little as you like. With dates yet to be confirmed, the crits will be run approximately every 8 weeks.

Textiles student Ildiko Hurley presented her work to fellow students.

Following a successful few days here at the college, director of Q-Art Sarah Rowles said, “I really enjoyed spending time with the staff and students at the college these last couple of days. There is an amazing energy here which really stands out.

“Marie, Samantha and Amelia are good examples of this and I could tell that they were going to do something exciting when I first met them at one of our Q-Art crits in London.

“It was a real pleasure to facilitate the first Crit Club. The students that took part were great and there was excitement about the launch of Crit Club and the potential it has to bring together artists not only from across Plymouth College of Art but also from across the city."

Interest can be registered in advance of Crit Club sessions if you would like to present, updates and forthcoming event information will be sent to all students through emails and posters around the college. To find out more email critclub@pca.ac.uk.
 

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