A Priori: An Alumni Show

Hanover Project, Hanover Building, University of Central Lancashire, Preston

Opening Hours:  27th September – 15th October 2013, 10am – 5pm

Preview: 1st October 2013, 5 – 7pm


Staff and students from the Fine Art programme at the University of Central Lancashire are happy to invite you to A Priori: An Alumni Show.

The exhibition brings together a group of artists who have studied Fine Art at UCLan some time over the last fifteen years. Stuart Edmundson, Claire Hope, Craig Atkinson and Nicola Ellis are four artists who have very different approaches to making work, and their only relationship in many ways is their alumni status. This variety demonstrates the breadth and diversity of the Fine Art course and the artists it produces. All the works in the show represent recent developments for each artist, reinforcing the function of Hanover Project as a place of experimentation, and as a testing ground for both students and artists. The artists in A Priori are at different stages in their careers, yet they have all made a significant contribution to the development of contemporary art in the North of England and beyond.

Stuart Edmundson makes spectacular visual propositions that are both sculptural and painterly; they often incorporate sound and light as part of a unique visual language that questions the conditions of practice and its ability to exist in the world outside of the studio and gallery space. Craig Atkinson is well known for his ubiquitous publishing enterprise Café Royal Books, and his recent engagement with incidental and found photography. A Priori will focus on his lesser known experimental, playful and amusing drawing practice. Nicola Ellis’ practice is underpinned by an interest in the synchronisation of the natural with the unnatural. Drawing and printing techniques are used to generate ideas for play, exploring aspects of materiality inherent in materials. Claire Hope’s films and live works interrogate systems of communication, to explore how meaning is interpreted in the course of everyday existence.

We hope that an alumni show can become a regular feature in our programme, as we continue to work with talented and ambitious students who continue to make their mark on the contemporary art world. We look forward to seeing you at Hanover Project.




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