Art Exchange with Plymouth University

by Juliet Cornell

Plymouth University Art Exchange

Plymouth University Art Exchange

Thriving.
The only word I could use to describe the atmosphere at the University of Plymouth’s Fine Art Event, Art Exchange, held at The Royal William Yard today. Held twice a year, these events are a chance for the public to see what goes on in an Art School environment.

Although this particular event was new to me, I am an old hand at wandering the creative spaces of both the academic and non-academic art world. There have been some of those events when my creative soul has been tortured, leaving me gasping for some science and facts! Not so today, the stand out sensation in the studio spaces was vitality and happiness, creativity and friendship.

Postgraduate students and alumni, lecturers, prospective students and interested members of the public joined the current undergraduates for informal critiques and an exhibition of works in progress. The sun was out today so everyone spilled out of the buildings to talk in the picturesque sunshine. There is nothing more colourful and stylish than a gaggle of arty types gathered around lit cigarettes or tables of free food talking animatedly about art. I love it when it is as vivid as it was today. Adam Garratt, an engaging man with great glasses, currently on the part- time Masters course, guided my visit. He, like many others, was wearing a bright red t-shirt bearing the logo TONIEPATCHETT.COM. The T-shirts were provided by another masters student, Tonie, who printed them to celebrate creating her own website, she freely admitted that she had only achieved her website with the help and support of her fellow students. This fantastic collaborative approach takes another twist with Tonie; she always provides a packet of tissues to share with her supervising lecturer when they have their one to one meetings, for whichever of them is moved to tears.

 Plymouth University Art Exchange

Plymouth University Art Exchange

 Plymouth University Art Exchange

Plymouth University Art Exchange

Talking with both current and past students it is clear that the student experience is a positive one that supports creative growth and achievement. It may seem odd to review an art event with no mention of the actual art. For the record there was, as there always is at these things, some great work, some thought provoking work and some work that was just stuff. Based on my one visit to this event, some ten years post graduation from this same institution, I would say Fine Art is in great shape at the University of Plymouth. Based on this, the end of year shows promise to be fantastic this year.

 Plymouth University Art Exchange
 Plymouth University Art Exchange