Cooperatio – US8

Plymouth Art Students’ Brush Strokes Help Four Legged Folks

First year art students at Plymouth College of Art have been busy setting up their first ever exhibition, which will be held at Radiant Gallery, Derrys Cross, Plymouth. Open from 19th May to 21st May the show will feature over 40 works of art created by the emerging artists studying for BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing and Printmaking. An integral part of the programme is learning the business of art and in this the students are setting up the exhibition themselves, arranging everything from securing a location, fundraising, curating and marketing. Also, the valuable process of working together and collaboration.

The exhibition, entitled Cooperatio which is Latin for collaborate is combined with a show for part time students entitled Us8.The basis of the project has been to focus on collaboration and working together. Keen to explore other ways to collaborate, the students will be donating 10% from gallery sales to the local animal rehoming and welfare centre, Woodside Animal Sanctuary.

Coming to the end of their first year of study at the independent art college, the students have worked through a range of processes and teaching throughout the year and are bringing together this learning for the exhibition. As a group the students come from a variety of backgrounds, age range and experience. In the college they have received teaching by highly skilled tutors and supported by expert technicians. It’s an exciting place to be with wide-ranging facilities and up-to-the-minute workshops and studios.

Programme Leader, Dr Stephen Felmingham commented, ‘This is an exciting opportunity for our first year students to exhibit their artwork in the city centre – organised by the group themselves and bringing the ethos and vision of Plymouth College of Art and the Painting, Drawing and Printmaking programme to the wider public through co-operation, collaboration and enterprise. They undergo a rigorous materials-based and process-driven education in art practice: studying painting, drawing & printmaking and its materials and techniques whilst learning the professional strategies of the art world- Co-operatio/Us8 is an example of this in action and we warmly invite you to experience the work’.

Student Georgina Lewis, “My hopes of becoming an artist and finding my artistic identity with every day that passes at Plymouth College of Art.

I want to find my place in the art world and the programme is teaching me the skills and giving me tools to enhance my creative skills. I’m very proud to have this chance to show my work at this point in my career. Having this exhibition in a high-profile gallery in the city is exciting and a wonderful opportunity. I hope as many people as possible will come and see our work.”

Funding for the exhibition has been raised by the students’ own fundraising efforts and local businesses Plymouth Gin and Chococcino, Barbican have supported with sponsorship donations.

Plymouth College of Art is a specialist, independent art school offering a range of study across Art, Design and Digital.