Best of Degree Show 2018


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Exhibiting artists:

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art

Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Elen Averis – BA (Hons) Fine Art
“My work is a little messy, and a little rough round the edges, but I am well assured of its confidence. I seek to direct my painting process with a certain purpose through which every line works with the rest of the painting, taking an impressionistic approach to the overall piece. My paintings are proud and they communicate. They vary from extremely abstract to a figurative style, but I maintain consistency through their bold expression and freedom of form.”

facebook-logo  Heather McNab – BA (Hons) Fine Art
“As a mixed media painter, Heather McNab’s practice investigates the
dynamics of the diverse and rugged terrain of the Scottish Highlands (..) Rather than presenting a factual reality, the work constructs an illusion to conjure the realms of the imagination, with a specific focus on capturing the crux of these remote locations and dealing with the documentation of erosion and time itself.”

Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Ryan Gill – BA (Hons) Fine Art
My work looks at Modern Symbology & Archetypical stories relating to human narrative. My images are not based upon classic symbols but instead on modern iconography. I explore the meanings we can derive from juxtapositions of the figure and symbols. I am an oil painter mainly concerned with the human figure and the way pictorial images have an impact on our lives.

international-websites-web-icon  Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Kim Tiong – BA(Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing
“Designing for wellbeing is something that highly interests me as I always want to design pieces that can be beneficial to the wearer. My work surrounds a lot of social issues regarding anxiety and mental health: in the past I have explored avenues that surround anxiety, epilepsy and a lack of communication in society. I like to explore these types of sensitive topics in my practise as I aim to make wearable’s that can become beneficial for the wearer and help them have a better outlook in life.”

Edinburgh College of Art

international-websites-web-icon  Jessica Gasson – MA Fine Art
“My bat flight paths trace the path of big brown bats over the course of a
week, the different patterns corresponding to different baths. Navigating
with echolocation bats have remarkable spatial memories, I am
interested in this understanding of space as something very tangible.
The prints are made by tracing the lines of flight with a laser onto a
printing plate, which I then rolled with black ink and printed relief on an
etching press leaving the paper slightly embossed.”

Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Laura Dow – MA Fine Art
“I am a Scottish fine art and commercial photographer based in Edinburgh and Bristol whose work explores themes such as kitsch, boundaries, belonging, and identity and examines how they intersect. Using the camera as a tool, I explore the fascination with these ideas and try to identify their wider significance as concepts of constructed realities and ideologies.”

international-websites-web-icon  Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Caiyang Yin – MFA Jewellery and Silversmithing
“My project ‘Healper’ is about mental well-being. People tend to have potential metal health issues more often than before due to the fast-paced life. My idea is to design and make a series of playful kinetic jewellery to drive people’s attention away from the negative factors to the simple fun of playing with a piece of jewellery. I choose silicone rubber as my main visual material, which has been widely used in medical and food industry due to its high inertness, thus it is natural to leave people a comforting and safe impression by using them. I design and make these pieces for people who feel depressed or anxious more easily than average. I try to help people release their negative feelings by playing with or simply touching and observing my work. The kinetic structures in my work are not aimed to show off my making skills, but only to realise the designed mechanism to build the ideal interaction between the audience and the pieces.”

international-websites-web-icon  Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Nicola Fabian – BA(Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing
“Childhood memories are strange and contrary things. They evoke images in the
mind’s eye of passing moments, fragmented and filled out by what you think
happened based on the retelling of stories by family and friends. I have drawn on memories of my mother’s garden in South Africa and the many happy days that I
spent playing in this magical place as a source of inspiration. I have tried to convey to the audience a sense of my childhood memories using flowers and foliage in my work, and at the same time draw a parallel between the fragility of the natural environment and memories. The natural environment has always played an important part in my creative process. It provides a rich source of inspiration from which I can develop my work.”

Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Caroline Squid – BA (Hons) Painting
“A key aspect to my work is the duality of working with both analogue and digital methods. I find that my finished work sits somewhere between the two. My paintings may adopt the aesthetic of digital drawings, as I paint pixels and copy the rounded edges of digital brush marks. Yet I constantly enjoy the materiality and physicality of paint, be it thick oil or drippy gloss.”

international-websites-web-icon  Charlotte Phillips – BA(Hons) Painting
“In asking “how many times have I been photographed without my knowledge?” I examine my own archive of photographs and find within this family album a catalogue of the accidentally photographed. So much of our photographic practice is unconsidered, especially compared with the practice of painting in which the artist meticulously designed and painted each detail. Focused on our chosen subject, we do not consider the worlds that exist parallel within the camera frame. Stitching these figures with similarly background aspects of classical paintings I seek to subvert their contexts and give the unconsidered new weight.”

international-websites-web-icon  Isaac Moss – BA(Hons) Painting
“Isaac Moss is an artist based in Edinburgh. A graduate as of June 2018, Isaac studied ‘Fine Arts’ specialising in painting at Edinburgh College of Art. Isaac’s Practice explores the relationship between image and language,  predominantly using the mediums of painting and printmaking. Artist based in Edinburgh. A graduate as of June 2018, Isaac studied ‘Fine Arts’ specialising in painting at Edinburgh College of Art. Isaac’s Practice explores the relationship between image and language,  predominantly using the mediums of painting and printmaking.”

Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Nancy Nightingale – BA(Hons) Painting
“Within my work, I observe how changing daylight transforms spaces through elongated shadow forms. I like to think of materials as a tool for creating visual noise, where quieter moments exist within subtle changes in texture. By abstracting the original space, I capture the mood and poetic nature of each space without the need for explicit definition.”

Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Sarah Brown – BA(Hons) Painting
“While studying painting at Edinburgh College of Art, I have taken on many extra-curricular roles as a set designer. I have worked on a number of projects, both film and theatre based, with other university students. My piece, ‘BUT THE KITCHEN SINK’, was made to look like a theatre set, showing the incorporation of production design into my studio practice, combined with ideas of familiar spaces and the manipulation of perception.”

international-websites-web-icon  Chloe Hamill – BA(Hons) Photography
“Chloe Hamill is a fine art photographer working in still life and portraiture. She enjoys making visual contrasts and combining the mundane with the surreal. Mobile Seduction comes from the wider series  #MillennialProblems which looks at how young people are represented in online articles and social media. Young people are often used as a scapegoat for wider problems in society. The project aims to poke fun at these ridiculous statements.”

international-websites-web-icon  Doug Mackie – BA(Hons) Sculpture
“I am an artist living and working in Edinburgh, Scotland. My primary medium is sculpture but my practise is somewhat eclectic, encompassing artists books, print making, video, sound and photography. I consider myself a maker, concerned with formal sculptural qualities, foregrounding process and materiality. The visual, tactile and presence of the material are important aspects of my work, while gesture and repetition are common elements. My work is rooted in a socio-political context typically responding to observations seen or heard. The way I work and the sculptural language that I use demands a particular approach to research.”

Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Ladina Clément – BA(Hons) Sculpture
“Ladina Clément is based in Edinburgh and London. Her practice combines sculpture with video and photography to create installations, which often contain an element of performance or engagement. Her multi-faceted approach questions human behaviour and hierarchies; probing into social, cultural and religious situations. The physical and digital work, the three-dimensional and two-dimensional, the past and present intertwine; they are products of one another. The viewer has an imperative role within her conceptualisation. Clément employs humour as a way of instigating and promoting participation, hoping to welcome more diverse audiences into the gallery space.”

Glasgow School of Art

international-websites-web-icon  Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Aileen Gray – BA(Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing
“Aileen was initially inspired by the repetitive and angular nature of the urban environment with contrasting elements drawn from the warmth and light from inside the buildings and homes.  Aileen uses a combination of steel and oxidised copper and silver for the base of her structural forms incorporating orange enamel paint. In selected pieces subtle textures and patterns are created using the etching and photo etching process.”

Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Debbie King – BA(Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing
“I am a jewellery designer and create kinetic jewellery. My work explores the interactions between jewellery and the body, looking at how jewellery is used as a mechanism for stress release through fidgeting. The work focuses on appealing to the senses of touch and sight using calming colours and repetitive movements to create pieces that act as a soothing presence to the wearer. The visual inspiration was taken from anatomical forms as it runs parallel to how the body fidgets and plays with jewellery.”

Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Katie Watson – BA(Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing
“My collection is depicting nature’s beauty, and the magnificence that is all around us. My making process starts with a walk, whether it be along the coast or overcoming
obstacles in the woods, focussing particularly on my home town of North Berwick. I collect anything I find of interest, from fallen leaves, pine cones, or an unusual fragment of shell, as well as photographs. Using these as inspiration, I look at the patterns, lines and textures I have found and translate them into metal using ‘chasing and repousse’. This technique lends itself beautifully to re-imagining these forms in my silversmithing, as it allows me to create many varied organic lines and forms, thus bringing the outdoors in.”

international-websites-web-icon  Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Angus Fernie – BA(Hons) Painting and Printmaking
“My work is strongly grounded in two firm beliefs; The notion that representational paintings (particularly figurative) are not dead as many claim and the idea that everything is, to some degree, very silly. Working within the tradition of oil painting, the work has an improvised and ambiguous narrative creating an immersive space which is both believable and absurd. drawing heavily from the absurd of humour internet memes, the work aims to guide the viewer through an imagined interior house scene, making them part of the work itself.”

international-websites-web-icon  Claire McGinlay – BA(Hons) Painting and Printmaking
“Claire Carden McGinlay explores the ethics surrounding Commodity Fetishism within postmodern theory. Her practice is corporal in investigating the relationship between the social and physical landscape within the urban city. She obsesses over stock photography, which has a significant niche that represents the generalised and fetishized nature of imagery within our digital age. Each painting is sourced from strong descriptive newspaper articles which allow the artist to create her own visual language.”

international-websites-web-icon  Hazel Brown – BA(Hons)Painting and printmaking
“Hazel Brown’s personal work explores humanity’s primordial fascinations and desires, particularly regarding story. Delving into folklore, fairytale and imagined worlds whilst also developing her own personal mythology. With narratives that intertwine and converge, the creatures inhabiting her ​universe are often not what they seem.”

international-websites-web-icon  Kirsty McArthur – BA(Hons) Painting and Printmaking
“Our social media personae are the garlands we wear daily, and we are gifted by The Graces with notifications. @isolamaeatlas is a wild woman, existing in a realm we can only dream of, using the earth and its bounty as inspiration for her winding Instagram posts about spirituality and self.”

Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59 facebook-logo  Laura Speirs – BA(Hons) Painting and Printmaking
“My work is entirely personally motivated, exploring personal issues through paint. Painting allows me to gain a better understanding of myself, especially as the process is so cathartic in nature. I do not anticipate the final outcome of each piece as I prefer the artwork to slowly emerge through the development of the work. I have always enjoyed painting in an abstract style as I appreciate the concept of deciphering a piece of artwork in order to fully comprehend its complexities. These interpretations will be unique to each viewer, making the artwork much more personal in nature.”

Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Marina Renee-Cemmick – BA(Hons) Painting and Printmaking
“Marina Renee-Cemmick works figuratively to construct charcoal drawings, oil paintings and sculptures from steel, clay and plaster. She has a fascination with people and a desire to understand the complexities of human experiences. She is drawn to subjects that those that expose our fragility and the transitory nature of our existence and is interested in removing the layers, exposing the bones beneath the flesh, the underlying structures. Her current work looks to link hidden infrastructures of the human body and built environment by considering the city as a living organism,  breathing, growing and deteriorating. She explores the breaking down of systems which require human intervention in order to mend and in exposing the breaking down of our smoothly running systems, renders a vulnerability to our carefully constructed world.”

international-websites-web-icon  Molly Hankinson – BA(Hons) Painting and Printmaking
“My practice focuses on scrutinising, and then taking ownership of the way that
womxn are presented in society today and, on a wider scale, concentrates on the
realistic and unidealised representation of femininity as a whole.
These digital prints are a response to an open call conducted in Glasgow, in an attempt to gain a wider understanding of contemporary femininity from an intersectional and inclusive perspective. The project focused on highlighting and championing each individual’s own personal experiences, through informal interviews conducted in the subjects’ own homes. The portraits have been executed using a combination of hand drawn techniques and digital software.”

international-websites-web-icon  Rosa Quadrelli – BA(Hons) Painting and Printmaking
“When entering a therapist’s office, a young child may be given dolls that enable them to re-enact situations that have made them uncomfortable or have caused them trauma. These dolls can act as substitutes for relevant people in a child’s life or more abstract characters that personify a child’s emotions. The ’Theatre of Memories’ is the name given to the collection of puppets and dolls by Scottish visual artist Rosa Zaira Quadrelli which are her reimagining of these therapy aids. A group of characters and creatures, both mundane and fantastical, seek to represent not only the people in her life but characters of historical significance that are symbolic of broader ideas and emotions.”

international-websites-web-icon  Yi Yang Liu – BA(Hons) Painting and Printmaking
“The medium that I specialize is stone lithography. I’m interested use this medium to explore the relation between human will and expansion of nature. Seeking into the conflict, collision of those two, in the process generates organic paradoxical situation. Hoping to visualize this sense of illogical organ form, the invisible net that interweave our will and our surrounding environment.”

Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Cecilie Neumann – BA(Hons) Fine Art Photography
Out in nature, I seek a state of mind, where I can remove myself from my surroundings and achieve a greater sense of my self. I bring this to my work, in my aim to create a space for discovery of both the spiritual and earthly elements of natural phenomena. I mainly work with analogue photography, darkroom printing, drawing and collected objects in my attempt to create sculptural and imaginary interpretations of the land.”

international-websites-web-icon  Magdalene Wanderlust – BA(Hons) Fine Art Photography
“My recent project, “Here’s Water and Also a Rock”, focuses on the unconscious rather than the conscious; the hidden rather than the apparent. I particularly seek things which are concealed and detached from the world; fragmented and fluid; like in the state of dreaming. Water is like a mirror. Yet, its reflection is never a simulacrum. Water creates its own unique eye-deceiving constellations of colour; illusions. Water is also a versatile element that is subject to constant change. It is never the same.”

Grays School of Art

international-websites-web-icon  Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Amber Watson – BA(Hons) Three dimensional Design
The inspiration of these piece have derived from the luxurious lifestyle choices found living in London. Inspired by high end bars, shops and landmarks encountered daily. An aesthetic of bold shapes, lines and angles has heavily influenced my designs. The detail of coloured acrylic running throughout the pieces reflect the vibrant youthfulness of the city. Throughout my design process aesthetic comes before function however, is never disregarded.

Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Ella Porter – BA(Hons) Three Dimensional Design
“When I am designing, I prefer to make practical objects, that are made to be used. For this project I am exploring what it is like to be living in a multi-generational household, as this type of living situation is becoming more common in the UK. From a design perspective it creates some interesting challenges due to the large age range; each age group has its own needs. I am specifically looking at the kitchen as this is the busiest part of the home, and a place where a lot of accidents can happen. I have been working a lot with new technology as well as traditional manufacture methods, I find the journey from initial sketches, to the computer screen, then into a physical object fascinating.”

international-websites-web-icon  Ruth Saunders – BA(Hons) Three Dimensional Design
“I have decided to focus on castles around Mearns and Aberdeen and have created three ranges of contemporary jewellery that reflect the wee quirks and characteristics of each of my chosen castles: Edzell, Kildrummy and Slains. These features have informed the design of each piece of jewellery to create an interesting balance between the broken down stonework of the buildings and the sleek, clean aesthetic of the jewellery.”

Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Annalisa Merrilees – BA(Hons) Fine Art
“My process derives from an interest in the mental and physical limits of the body. Delicately painted over a long period of time, the work appears at first to be mechanically made but reveals it to be the product of a careful hand. By using a random number generator to allocate colours to the base grid, the painting begins its life illogically. The random and deliberate actions come together to create a sufficient formal balance within the work.”

Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Deni Black – BA(Hons) Fine Art
“The cheerful expressions on the faces of inflatable animals mirror the vibrant joyful colours with glistening highlights scattered along their glossy surfaces. They are however, merely, mass produced toys, which succeed in making the consumer amused and jubilant in their presence. The love and happiness that came from these consumer products can be interrelated to how one feels towards real animals. However, in reality, we control, manipulate, use and abuse these very same animals for our own benefit. The work I create stem from this dichotomy.”

Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Martin Richens – BA(Hons) Painting
“Take a inch of Lichtenstein, add a dash of Klimt’s golden phase, slice up some 1970’s Peter Phillips, read a ton of bronze age comic books, make a stand for contemporary realism, add technical skill and craft to the mix and huzza, you have a recipe for Neo-Pop, or perhaps Scot-Pop, or maybe even Contemporary Neo-Pop. Label it as you will. Martin Richens has taken the visual narrative qualities of sequential art and combined them with a hyper-realistic exaggeration of colour and vibrancy. However, beneath the veneer of colour and light lurk a dark nostalgia.”

Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Samantha Cheevers – BA(Hons) Painting
“The letters and objects I have found inside derelict buildings help to create a narrative that brings a surreal and peculiar environment to my work. My work is focused on bringing the outside into these empty spaces, and exaggerating certain aspects of the design using pattern and colour. I apply various materials and techniques in my work ranging from watercolour pigments, to laser cutting, creating depth and layers that mirror the aesthetic of the decayed interiors.”

Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Marcus Bowie – BA(Hons) Commercial Photography
“Glasgow, a different perspective. With this collection of images I offer a glimpse into a never before seen viewpoint of both historical and modern Glaswegian architecture. Through the use of the editing process in post-production I was able to manipulate and distort simplistic images into abstract creations each presenting the potential for several unique interpretations. The diverse nature of these images are targeted at those who have an appreciation of abstract thought provoking artwork or aesthetically pleasing designs produced by a variety of different geometric shapes. Most of the work I produced before commencing the BA Photography course at RGU revolved around people and taking portrait shots capturing the models personality. Throughout the past year I have incorporated the same approach however directing my focus towards architecture with my main aim being to bring buildings to life. I enjoy creating and sharing my work allowing people to engage and experience my ideas through the lens of a camera.”

Marie Hardie – BA(Hons) Commercial Photography
“Nature is one of my favourite subjects to capture. With visual artists as well as writers having long celebrated the existence of the tree… photographers like myself, are no exception. I decided to print my work onto cotton, so that the trees could move around, as if blowing in the wind. The beauty and elegance of these mighty structures elicits peace within me, a feeling that will hopefully progress through my photographs.
There is beauty in everything.”

Best of Degree Show 2018

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Six Foot Gallery is pleased to present our Best of Degree Show 2018!

Inviting artists from Glasgow School of Art, Edinburgh College of Art, Grays School of Art and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, the exhibition comprises a total of 38 graduates with works ranging from painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, 3D design, jewellery and installation.

Please join us on 19 July to celebrate the Preview of Best of Degree Show 2018 and support the exciting emerging art school graduates of this year! Drinks will be provided by local brewers Merchant City Brewing Co. Be sure to come down early to be in with a chance of grabbing one of their beers!

The opening is free, but ticketed by Eventbrite. You can get your tickets here.


Presenting works by:
Elen Averis, Deni Black, Marcus Bowie, Hazel Brown, Sarah Brown, Samantha Cheevers, Ladina Clément, Laura Dow, Nicola Fabian, Angus Fernie, Jessica Gasson, Ryan Gill, Aileen Gray, Chloe Hamill, Molly Hankinson, Marie Hardy, Debbie King, Yi Yang Liu, Doug Mackie, Kirsty McArthur, Claire McGinlay, Heather McNab, Annalisa Merrilees, Isaac Moss, Cecilie Neumann, Nancy Nightingale, Charlotte Phillips, Ella Porter, Rosa Quadrelli, Marina Renee-Cemmick, Martin Richens, Ruth Saunders, Laura Spiers, Caroline Squid, Kim Tiong, Amber Watson, Magdalene Wanderlust, Caiyang Yin.


Best of Degree Show: Melanie Wiksell

Melanie Wiksell finds in death, an imagery that she wants to exploit and explore to its limits. She aims to distort life with surreal and uncanny elements and draws inspiration from the occult, rituals, the sublime, and mythologies. One of her central interest within these themes, is how people decorate pain.

After three years at The Glasgow School of Art, Melanie Wiksell will now be returning to Sweden to continue her education on the master’s programme at Umeå University, where she looks forward to further expand her artistic expression. Her goal with this programme is that it will help her strengthen the ways she demonstrates credibility in her expression and concept.

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Best of Degree Show: Alana Stewart

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Studying Contemporary Art Practice, Alana Stewart has spent the past four years exploring the various disciplines within fine art. The freedom to explore has allowed Stewart to develop her knowledge and skills, particularly printmaking. She is inspired by Scottish tradition, culture and stereotypical motifs and these themes have become more apparent throughout her four years.

On graduating Stewart was awarded the 2015 Glasgow Print Studio Prize. Using the facilities available at the studio she plans to spend the next year producing a new professional body of work and further developing her printmaking skills.

Best of Degree Show: Mauri Ann Beardshaw

Mauri Ann Beardshaw is a recent BA graduate of Jewellery Design and Related Products from the Birmingham School of Jewellery. She was encouraged to take an experimental approach to designing and making contemporary jewellery and objects.

Beardshaw has always been interested in science and the natural world. Her current collection is inspired by diatoms that she has collected and studied with her microscope. This species of plankton have a protective silica shell made from two interlocking halves that are intricately detailed with pores to filtrate nutrients.

Using saw pierced metal and laser cut acrylic, Bearshaw’s bright silver containers and brooches explore diatoms exquisite layers of detail depth and pattern. With the addition of warm glowing elements she strives to intrigue the viewer and celebrate the microscopic wonders beyond human vision. She intends to further develop her collection in sterling silver with the ambition of exhibiting her work in more galleries.

Best of Degree Show: Kim Simpson

Graduating from the City of Glasgow College with a BA (Hons) Photography, Kim Simpson’s dissertation presented a visual exploration of the visual norm and highlighted the inequality present in the west. These ideas form part of her ongoing personal project entitled Exottish. Exottish deals with themes of exoticism, identity and visual stereotypes faced by non caucasian individuals in Scottish society. Inspiration for this work is her own personal experience of raising her daughter, who is of mixed race, living in Scotland.

Visually addressing this societal problem Simpson aims to raise awareness of the specific issues that non caucasian or mixed caucasian individuals go through growing up in or living in Scotland. She wants to evoke discussion and make people think and believes that this is the only way that racial ignorance can be overcome.

Best of Degree Show: Elena Mary Harris


Elena May Harris gets to know the places she lives in by situating her art practice in relation to the history of the city. She makes objects that reminisce to the familiar: the domestic. Harris works with communities and social groups as a way to build relationships through skill transfer and conversation and uses materials and processes rooted in craft to communicate with audiences on a level outside the art context. Harris aims to make beautiful objects that may not be explicit of a certain situation, but give an impression of the context they were made within.

Best of Degree Show: Georgia Galloway

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Using vibrant colours and various media Galloway creates atmospheric works which provide cultural and social commentaries. Her style is varied, sometimes refined and at other times more abstract and expressive with the idea to incite and encourage contemplation and rapport.

The rich and varied course the City of Glasgow College presents allowed Galloway to grow both personally and professionally through guidance and support from experienced professionals. The expansion of her visual language, whilst studying, has enabled her to evolve and adapt her own creative practice and she holds future plans to assist others in developing theirs.

Best of Degree Show: Lesley Finlayson

Lesley Finlayson has been developing her body of work by looking at the landscape in non representational ways and by breaking free from traditional conceptions. She abstracts the imagery to create something new, which requires the viewer to engage with the work – challenging them to look at  and interpret it individually.

Her time at the City of Glasgow College allowed her to come in contact and communicate with a variety of lecturers, all specialising in their own field. Their words and advice helped her consider different ideas and perspectives as well as pushing her work in new directions.

For her future, she plans on continuing with her volunteering roles in order to gain further experience in organising and teaching art. She will also focus on expanding her knowledge about different mediums, for example by learning new printmaking techniques, develop existing ones and further explore the concept of the landscape.


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Lesley Finlayson BOD 2015

Best of Degree Show: Joanne Dawson

“The best thing I learnt from art school is to value your peers and be a support network for one another. You’ll end up learning thorough them.”

Joanne is interested by the ‘things’ we engage with in ordinary situations. Everydayness being subverted by foregrounding its support – how it is encountered contextually and in the way it is presented. The physical work she produces is a double of what already exists, a metaphysical reflection on society, with objects that attempt to locate the position they aspire to copy, maybe as a soft replication or of an indication to something else. Working primarily through the use of sculpture, installation, and printmaking, Dawson deals with the functionalities of the commonplace, intervention and object through site-specific research. On Joanne’s agenda next is beginning to work towards a number of shows including G-unit in the Savoy Center, Glasgow, and the Embassy Graduate Show in Edinburgh in September. She currently has a shared studio at Crownpoint Studios in the East End of Glasgow.