MA Creative Practice (2014)

9 October - 8 November 2014


MACP is the inaugural MA Exhibition of Leeds College of Art ‘Creative Practice’ postgraduate students.

This new course has been devised for creative practitioners – recent graduates and professionals who wish to examine, strengthen and deepen their practice within their own context. It addresses the needs of graduates in art and design, who wish to continue to develop their practice; develop their identities in the context of the creative and cultural industries; maintain contact with other creative practitioners; develop freelance or other career paths in the context of a portfolio career.

Within this exhibition, the four artists present work of exceptional quality, imagination and technical skill, exploring the intersection between researched contextualisation, personal practice and current events.

Works involve a cross section of interdisciplinary art, united through creative practice

Emma Dexter
Sculpture and Installation

Andres Jaroslavsky
Figurative Painting

Patrick Kirk-Smith
Performance and Text

Janey Walklin
Printmaking and Collage

                           


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Artist Biographies

– Emma Dexter –

Dexter is a sculptor and visual/installation artist. Her iconographic works are influenced by such paradoxical experiences as working on the stone pinnacles of English cathedrals and artist residencies in a surreal concrete garden, in the midst of the Mexican rainforest.

The symbolism within Dexter’s work materialises into messages documenting topical social, global and economical themes. She balances surrealist and conceptual aesthetic sensibilities within architectural and spatial frames.

– Andres Jaroslavsky –

Andres Jaroslavsky is a self-taught figurative painter. Although he started his career as a music teacher, few years ago Andres decided to turn a life-long passion for painting and drawing into a career as a fine arts teacher.

In 2010, Andres opened his own gallery/studio, the Corner Gallery, in the Bishopthorpe Road area of York. The Corner Gallery operates both as an exhibition space and as an open studio where he currently gives lessons in painting and drawing and life drawing.

His main area of research and interest is representative drawing, old masters’ techniques and the use of the Zorn palette. Named after Swedish artist Anders Zorn, the Zorn palette is limited to only four colors: Yellow, Red, Black and White.

In addition to his commitment to painting techniques Andres has a long standing interest in human rights issues. He is the author of The Future of Memory: Children of the Dictatorship in Argentina Speak (Latin America Bureau, London, 2004, 250 pp). The project of his MA consists in a number of paintings representing Argentina’s last dictatorship working solely with the four colour of the Zorn palette.

– Janey Walklin –

Janey Walklin’s artwork interprets changing personal experience – as a response to a variety of media. She is interested in inclusive art practice: ‘acts of collection’ at a local and personal level. Her printmaking is about mark making responses, collaging surfaces. Memorializing. In some ways the process concerns editing: an idea of montage, connections and coincidences: trying to make a narrative specific to life writing and location.

The MA work includes a printmaking and collage series Local History based on Images of torn fly-posters on a wall near Leeds College of Art, which she photographed as an undergraduate Fine Art student at Leeds University. The interest lay in what weather, time, politics, people, had done to these images then and their textural significance now.

In The Weaving Shed, the exploration concerns the interaction with an existing, derelict space at a former textile mill in Leeds. It is a place subject to abandonment as part of the process of regenerating and remodeling the mill buildings for creative and business use. (Sunnybank Mills, Farsley). She worked there in the past as a film editor. The printmaking and video elements in The Weaving Shed are records of moment, place, and the incompleteness of the time-line without the animation of the subject. The Wilko ‘Dream’ sign has been a useful woodblock over the past year.

– Patrick Kirk-Smith –

There was some sort of a change this year; not a major one, but I definitely felt it. I was dragged away from the awkward assurances I had in my self and it led to this. This, though, is unsure. This is a collection of things; of materials and of objects that make up a whole. Those objects are not necessarily anything more than a mark on a page, but their collective forms make more than that.

If, by the grace of technology you are watching a screen, those objects are simply a series of marks made of pixels: transitions towards a larger narrative that connects the objects around this space.

“What I was before:
A performer.

What I am now:
A presenter.”

There is a considerable difference between performing ideas and presenting information, and presenting is not necessarily live, as I am testing in this exhibition (I apologize for the lack of PowerPoint). To perform is to give, and to leave; to present is to offer and discuss – though there are blurred boundaries between these two.


Leeds College Of Art - MA Creative Practice

Our Master of Arts in Creative Practice has been devised for creative practitioners; recent graduates and professionals who wish to examine, strengthen and deepen their practice within their own context. This course is all about the individual.

The unique programme encourages you to pursue an individual research proposal for the duration of the programme which will allow you to examine and strengthen your own practice and place it at the centre of your studies. It addresses the needs of graduates in art and design, who want to continue to develop their practice; develop their identities in the context of the creative and cultural industries; maintain contact with other creative practitioners; develop freelance or other career paths in the context of a portfolio career.

The programme is intellectually demanding, but not theory heavy. It’s ideal if you have experience as a practising artist or designer and a need to devote time and energy to your work in a real art-school community and atmosphere. Learning will be dynamic and interactive, and cohorts will be encouraged to share and collaborate with one another.

We are a specialist art and design institution, so there are many contacts within the College to ensure that you’ll communicate and collaborate with fellow creative people.

For more information or to apply visit the Leeds College of Art website.

leeds-art.ac.uk


Admission is free

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
8am - 6pm

Thursday & Friday
8am - 7.30pm

Saturday
10am - 6pm

Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays