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The show must go on: Art & Design students take graduate exhibition online

Higher Education Art & Design students at Selby College explore the challenges and ideas surrounding the role of technology in Art and Design, as part of a new online exhibition.

Replacing the department’s annual display at Selby Abbey, the virtual exhibition showcases the work of Year 2 Higher National Diploma (HND) Art & Design students who will be graduating later this year.

Attendees are able to walk around the virtual exhibition space to view the artwork on display which investigates technology concepts through the use of photography, graphics, fine art and moving image. This includes using darkroom processes, capturing imagery in professional studio settings and digitally manipulated videography, as well as other methods.

“The artwork highlights our Year 2 HND students’ ever-expanding knowledge of different art and design practices and how technology fits into this,” said Elaine Whitehead, Art & Design Lecturer at Selby College. “The graduate exhibition usually takes place at Selby Abbey each year, so the online exhibition further demonstrates how the students have embraced technology to ensure they were still able to showcase their hard work. It’s fantastic to see how they are evolving and developing as artists and I couldn’t be prouder of them.”

The ‘Role of Technology in Art and Design’ virtual exhibition will be available to view until July 2021.

“We hope that people are able to enjoy exploring and making their way through the artistic outcomes inside the virtual exhibition. The students taking part in the exhibition welcome any feedback on the artwork shown in order to help them further progress their work and their portfolios as emerging artists,” added Elaine.

As part of their semester one assessment, first year HND Art & Design students also recently held an exhibition at the College. The students were tasked with producing artwork which explored the concept of motion.

Throughout the course, students are able to learn and explore a range of art and design practices to help prepare them for a successful career within the creative arts industry.

‘The Role of Technology in Art and Design’ virtual exhibition can be found by searching for ‘Selby College’ on: www.artsteps.com.

To find out more about the HND Art & Design course, please visit: https://selby.ac.uk/higher-education/courses/art-design-media/hnc-art-and-design-arts-practice-2020-21-entry/

Published: Thursday 14 Jan 2021