Off Centre Arts Group, Liverpool Community College Final Year Show
10 – 18 June 2010
Artworks based around the abandoned pubs of Liverpool; a Well of Liverpool Heritage and Imprinted Memories Found in a Father’s Cupboard; as well as sculpture, installation and painting will all feature in an exhibition by Fine Art Foundation degree students in their final year at Liverpool Community College.
The exhibition will be formally opened on Thursday at 6pm by Mark Thomas, Editor of the Liverpool Daily Post.
“It has taken six months of hard work, as well as considerable fund-raising to make the show possible,” said spokesperson Sarah Stones, 24, of Toxteth, Liverpool.
“The fund-raising included a sponsored walk, car boot sales, baking cakes and many other activities to make it all possible,” said Sarah a sculpture and installation artist.
The group, who call themselves the Off Centre Arts group, have been studying fine art for two years and the exhibition is intended to be a showcase for their latest work before they embark on careers in Liverpool’s thriving arts scene, go on to teacher training or complete a BA in fine arts at Hope University.
“One or two of us hope to become teachers,” said Sarah. “But there are others who
intend to try and carve out a career as independent artists or work in the creative industries either here in Liverpool or elsewhere.”
“The variety of work at the exhibition demonstrates the creative range and scope of work, some of which is an assembly of materials, mostly metals and found objects to create narratives amplifying a concept to generate emotional charges,” said Sarah.
Course leader, Foundation Degree in Fine Art, Geoff Molyneux, said: “Having delivered much advice and guidance over the last two years, I borrow two quotes from the 19th century to continue to motivate these graduates, the first being ‘Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.” – Henri Frederic Amiel, professor of moral philosophy at the Academy of Geneva 1854.
“The other is: ‘Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose – a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye – Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein.