An exhibition of artwork by honours year students at the University of Stirling is being launched at the Engine Shed in the town centre.
Opening tomorrow, ‘9’ showcases the work of nine artists who graduated with a BA in Art and Design from Forth Valley College in the summer of 2017.
As part of an articulation agreement between Forth Valley College and the University of Stirling, the students were eligible to undertake a further year of study at the University to achieve a BA (Honours) in Arts and Design.
The artists, Dawn Bates, David Niven, Chelsie Dysart, Sandra Morris, Mary Herriot Dunlop, Wendy Shields, Rossita Bateman, Rhona Macleod and Kelsi Strang, are now halfway through their year at the University and are due to graduate in June.
The artworks – ranging from video and sound installations to pieces using spray paint, markers and textiles – cover a range of contemporary themes including the graffiti movement, selfies and overcoming trauma. They were created during a practice-based module at Forth Valley College taught by Scottish artists and lecturers Ewan John and Beth Dynowski.
Ewan said: “This work is the result of practice-based research, with each artist developing their practice through the reflective exploration of theory, themes and experimentation with materials.
“The work is truly personal, considered and culturally significant. It has been a privilege to watch it develop over the past few months.”
Talking about the partnership with the University of Stirling he added: “It is an incredibly valuable pathway for our graduating BA Art and Design students, enabling them to gain their honours degree in an academic environment.”
Professor Malcolm MacLeod, Senior Deputy Principal at the University of Stirling, said: “Our partnership with Forth Valley College is one of the deepest and richest we have. Through our innovative integrated programmes, and articulation agreements such as the BA (Honours) in Art and Design, our two institutions are able to offer students a range of programmes that challenge them intellectually and give them the skills they need to make a positive contribution to the world in which we live.”
The exhibition opens at the Engine Shed, on Forthside Way in Stirling, on Friday 12th January and runs until Thursday 18th January.