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Norwich art students host exhibition at NUCA

PUBLISHED: 12:20 09 November 2010 | UPDATED: 13:29 09 November 2010

The No Working Title exhibition at Norwich University College of the Arts; artist  Pete May with his portrait

The No Working Title exhibition at Norwich University College of the Arts; artist Pete May with his portrait

Archant Norfolk 2010

Do you fancy visiting an art exhibition in Norwich with a difference?

London artists have been inspiring art students from Norwich to collaborate with other students from around the UK for a unique exhibition displaying mock romantic book covers, Perspex photos and even a book of hair.

The touring exhibition, titled ‘No Working Title’ is a project between BA Year 3 Fine Art students at Norwich University College of the Arts (NUCA), Bath School of Art and Design and Winchester School.

The latest exhibition from NUCA was inspired by a project managed by the Tate Learning team and its aim is to encourage students to work together by using ‘rules, systems and strategies’ that have been conceived by conceptual artists whose works are on display in Tate Modern, in London.

Stuart Anderson, marketing and communications officer at NUCA, said: “We’re really grateful to Tate Modern for working with us and the other institutions. We’re not in London but our students are still very much part of the artistic community. The inventiveness of the work and the excitement of our students to collaborate with other universities just reflect the teaching of our courses here and how we really emphasise students to go on their own creative studies study and also take use of outside sources as well.”

All 36 students, 12 from each institute, were paired with another from one of the three colleges involved and each student had to devise a set of instructions for their partner, using minimal email contact, to enable them to create a piece of work. Once the student received their instructions, they carefully followed the specifics of their partner’s request to complete their product within three weeks.

Student Kaitlin Ferguson, as advised by her partner, reproduced the atmosphere of an area of outstanding natural beauty. Selecting the view from Mousehold Heath, in Norwich, she recorded the elements, such as sound and temperature, that created the atmosphere and painted them on different layers of Perspex.

She said: “I went into the project because I wanted to work in a way that I wasn’t use to. I wanted to be liberated and work in a process that wasn’t familiar to me and that was what was exciting to me. When you saw your partner’s work it was interesting because you thought ‘who’s work is it?’ because without your idea they wouldn’t have made the work and visa versa.

“It shows how important it is to make contacts across the country and working with the big galleries as well, especially the Tate Modern, which was a fantastic opportunity.

“It also shows how interesting it can be when you start linking other regions and getting a dialogue between them.”

Another student Jen Leonard, who had the theme of mutation, said: “I think there are lots of opportunities for artists in Norwich. There are lots of small independent galleries. I’ve been in London for a little while and I prefer Norfolk as I think you can establish your name in the local area.”

On March 5 the entire group met for the first time at Tate Modern to reveal their work.

Tonight the students will be inviting the public to come and view the exhibition, which they have also curated, in the NUCA St Georges Building on St Georges Street.

It will start at the NUCA campus at 4.30pm to 6.30pm, and will then tour to the other two schools over the next two months.

Are you staging a cultural event? Call reporter Donna-Louise Bishop on 01603 772438 or email donna-louise.bishop @archant.co.uk

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