Following the overwhelming popularity of this year’s Graduate Shows, The Gallery has selected some of the most exciting graduating students from across the college to create B.O.S.S. the Best Of Summer Show exhibition.
B.O.S.S. collects works that demonstrate excellence, innovation and the ambitions of their creators, and is free and open to the public until Wednesday 24 August 2016.
Former Western Morning News editor and BA (Hons) Graphic Design graduate Alan Qualtrough, comes under the spotlight in B.O.S.S. with his ‘Westerly’ typeface, derived from Plymouth’s rich nautical history and designed to help celebrate Plymouth's Mayflower 400 anniversary in 2020.
“Studying at Plymouth College of Art has been an empowering experience..." — Alan Qualtrough, graduate.
The origins of Alan’s ‘Westerly’ typeface came from experimentation and prototyping in our FabLab, where he trained for the first time in how to use the CNC router and laser-cutter to create bespoke woodblocks for letterpress printing.
Speaking at the exhibition launch, Alan said, “Studying at Plymouth College of Art has been an empowering experience and achieving a Best Of Summer Show award has been a highlight of my three years.
“My award was made possible for me because of the facilities I could use, such as the FabLab, where I prototyped my letterpress blocks, and the continuous support and encouragement I received from my lecturers.”
BA (Hons) Fine Art graduate Sophia Roddan, who will go on to study our MA in Fine Art here in September, is displaying a piece based on the treatment of the insane in Victorian asylums and the struggle present in treatment regimes, entitled ‘Horn’s Sack’.
"I’m graduating with an incredibly versatile portfolio, demonstrating knitting for fashion, concept and interiors work." — Ildiko Hurley, graduate.
Another artist featured in B.O.S.S. is BA (Hons) Contemporary Crafts graduate Alex Derry, who has just returned from an exciting month at Seattle’s world famous Pilchuck Glass School to further develop his stunning glass techniques.
We’re excited to be welcoming Alex back to the college to begin his postgraduate studies in September.
Work by BA (Hons) Illustration graduate Ella Doherty is also on display, her hand-drawn illustrations and specialist screen-printing techniques are evident in her PushPull collection, which is featured in the latest issue of the respected Computer Arts Magazine.
Other talented graduates selected for B.O.S.S. include BA (Hons) Textiles graduate Ildiko Hurley, who won the Enterprise Award at the college in recognition of her resourcefulness, ambition and technical brilliance.
“It was a pleasure working with graduating students who have such high and professional standards about their work." — Zoe Li, acting Exhibitions Manager
BA (Hons) Costume Production & Associated Crafts graduate Hannah McArthur, who won this year’s Innovation in Design or Making Award, is showcasing her stunning array of costumes.
Hannah recently found out that she has been selected for the final round of the international design competition, World of Wearable Art and will travel to New Zealand for the final later this year.
Ildiko Hurley said of her time at the college, “I’m graduating from Plymouth College of Art with an incredibly versatile portfolio, demonstrating knitting for fashion, concept and interiors work.
“I also won i-dott, a wallpaper design competition, for my 3D designs during my studies and was able to print my final degree projects on wood, combining engraving, flocking and screen printing.
“I’m now hoping to establish my own studio and create for interiors, alongside studying to complete a PGCE and holding short courses to share some of these exciting skills I’ve learnt.”
Zoe Li, acting Exhibitions Manager of The Gallery, said, “We had no difficulty in choosing high quality work to exhibit in the Best Of Summer Show.
“It was a pleasure working with graduating students who have such high and professional standards about their work.
“Everyone was really on the ball and knew exactly how they wanted their work to be exhibited and I’m certain that this attention to detail will give them an excellent start in their professional creative careers.”
Don’t miss out on visiting B.O.S.S in The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art, Wednesday 27 July to Wednesday 24 August (Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-1pm).
Photos by Rob Nankivell.