Art is subjective at best, but no
matter what your tastes you'll be guaranteed to find something to
stimulate, question, challenge or simply enjoy at the Norwich School
Of Art and Design (NSAD).
Every year the school opens it's doors to the public
for the end of year exhibition - an opportunity for the students
to showcase their work.
David Girling, Marketing Manager at NSAD said it's
an important time for the students:
"Members of the public, the business community
and art buyers come to the exhibition from all over the UK.
"The exhibitors get job offers, commissions
and they get their work bought. It's a fantastic opportunity for
them and incredibly important for their future," he added.
The end of year exhibition not only acts as a public
showcase for the students work, it also marks the culmination of
three years work.
The students are awarded their final degree mark
based on the assessment of the exhibition piece.
With the work of more than 400 students on show,
it is probably one of the largest art exhibitions in the East of
There are a wide variety of works on display, including
sculptures, paintings, photo media, graphic design, animations,
installations, creative writing, poetry, digital imagery, photography,
fashion and textiles.
Debbie Southerland, course leader in contemporary
textile practises at NSAD said textiles are a growing phenomenon
at the school:
Mel Rye and Hannah Turner-Voakes as the Mena
"The course is developing to cover contemporary
textiles and is moving forward quite rapidly as a field of study
in Norwich," she said.
"We allow students to explore textiles from
a design angle, but also from a fine art perspective as we feel
that reflects what happens in the real world.
"A lot of students this year have really taken
risks in their final pieces.
"We've got an animation for the first time,
lots of sculptural works and a performance piece from the
Mena Twins that has evolved from thinking about textile
history, but is heavily related to fashion."
"One of the things we're keen to establish
in the students is that an idea shouldn't be confined by being media
"If an idea goes beyond the textile that's
fine, we don't want students to be confined by a material if it
goes beyond that," she added.
The NSAD is one of the few remaining independent
Art Schools providing Higher Education in the UK.
Each year the students present fresh and invigorating
ideas. David Girling feels that visitors to the exhibition won't
"This is the public's opportunity to see for
themselves what they think.
"I think they'll be surprised at just how
good the quality is. I'm sure everyone will find something for them
and they'll go away amazed rather than disappointed," he said.
All the work exhibited during the end of year show
includes work from the following courses at the NSAD:
BA(Hons) Cultural Studies
BA(Hons) Fine Art: Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking
and Photo media
BA(Hons) Graphic Design: Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration,
BA(Hons) Visual Studies
Higher National Diploma Design (Graphic Design)