We were delighted to host the last ever Photographic Art graduate show from the students at University of South Wales.
Epilogue, celebrated 20 years of the course with their exhibition hosted on our second floor from June 9th - 18th 2017.
Students were involved from start to finish, making key decisions along the way and playing a central role in the overall look and feel of ‘Epilogue’
The work was fantastically diverse and interrogated the expanded notions of the photographic through contemporary art practices. These committed few formed the last cohort of this particular degree in advance of the newly reconceptualised photography course and are a beacon of inspiration for future students.
Congratulations to the staff and students on their huge achievement.
Julia and Sarah said,
"The exhibition was exactly why we wanted to set the space up in the first place, so that we could showcase work from up and coming artists who have studied in Wales. Epilogue was such a great fusion of photography, light, sound and visual and brought a whole new side to our upstairs space, we loved it".
Peter Bobby, Senior Lecturer for USW Photography said,
"Over the last few years following the formation of the University of South Wales and more recent move of the Photography subject area to the heart of Cardiff city centre, photography staff within the department have made every effort to open a fruitful dialogue with some of the key and exciting arts organisations in the city.
In 2015 and 2016 we collaborated with Abacus and Ffotogallery respectively on the production of two very different and ambitious graduate exhibitions and accompanying publications. This year, following the wishes of the students themselves, we struck up a conversation with Julia at The Sustainable Studio.
Right from our first conversation, Julia's positive attitude, openness to our ideas and supportive interest in the work of graduating students meant that it didn't take long for us to agree on a two week booking with the freedom granted to use the space as we wanted.
Understandably, the students were incredibly excited, if a little daunted by the not inconsiderable scale of the space. The show opened and attracted a good crowd at the reception. With a rich mix of still, moving and installation work, the setting up of the show presented students and staff with a number of challenges to overcome.
Students had an amazing opportunity to meet people who are based at the studio and find out more about taking on a studio post degree. Perhaps one of them will take on a space there? This is certainly an exciting option this opportunity has placed at their doorstep.
We are all extremely grateful to The Sustainable Studios for agreeing to host this show and for generally being lovely, open and supportive from start to finish. We wish the studio all the best for the future and hope that we can collaborate again on a project in the not too distant future".
Lucy Jane Frank Purrington
Holly Tyreman Mcbean
If you're interested in using the space for exhibitions or events please contact us.