JMU Fine Art Degree Show

john ohareAt 2a Myrtle Street 10.00 – 16.00 until June 9th.
I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that I love art degree shows and, in fact, any exhibition of works by students or recent graduates. Naturally the individual works range from excellent to crap but overall there’s freshness, energy, enthusiasm, challenging, ground-breaking and often weird and humorous.
This is a huge exhibition involving over 60 final year students, its on 3 floors plus the spooky basement and 2 portakabins in the yard. I’ve already been round twice but need more time to really have a good look and despite being provided with a map at reception I get lost a few times.
julie swallow
Some of the highlights for me are John O’Hare’s painted rooms in one of the outside huts, Julie Swallow’s room full of Tokyo-inspired distorted clay robots on the 1st floor, Lucy Sibbick’s abattoir-in-a-house creation complete with lots of fake blood also on the 1st floor, Jamie Torode’s and Gordon Culshaw’s sound and video installations in the basement (the perfect setting), oh and loads more. You just have to go and see for yourself before it finishes next Thursday.
There were bottles of Raisin beer courtesy of Cains at the opening too, very nice.


  1. Agree with your comments, however you didn’t mention the graphic design, multi-media or textile shows! Shouldn’t miss these out especially the graphic design, there’s some quality work there!

  2. Yes, you’re quite right Jo and I’d love to see them all if possible. Its hard enough just getting the details of times and places, look at the JMU, Hope and Community Coll websites and you’d never know these things were happening. They don’t seem to want the general public to know. Will do my best.


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