New graduates for the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies
July 20th, 2017
Students from the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies came together to attend their graduation ceremony in the Great Hall on Monday 10 July.
This marked the first summer graduation where our reception was held in the School’s new building on University Road. August 2016 saw the completion of the £8 million conversion of an important historic building on campus (designed by Paul Waterhouse and built as the School of Agriculture) into a state of the art School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, demonstrating the on-going commitment of the University to supporting art and culture at the heart of the campus.
Abigail Harrison Moore, Head of School and Professor of Art History and Museum Studies, said:
“We are all incredibly proud of our graduating class of 2017. They have all worked so hard, have properly engaged in the partnership that our students have with their tutors, and have all achieved much success.
“The energy shown by our students in developing their professional skills alongside their education, supported by colleagues and programmes in the School, has fed into the statistics that have meant that Leeds was recently listed as one of the top five institutions at which to study art in the Guardian League Table 2018 ― having achieved a fantastic 100% overall satisfaction rating in the National Student Survey.
“Our BA/MA Degree Show 2017 ― entitled So What of the Future ― was another demonstration of the energy and commitment shown by our students. We make the challenging demand that they work together to fundraise, publicise and curate their exhibition. Never an easy task, yet this year’s graduates rose to the challenge producing a thoughtful, engaging and exciting showcase of their three or four years of work at Leeds.
“Students also reached out to young people in our community, inviting Key Stage 5 pupils to participate in the exhibition and challenging them to make an art work that asked ‘how do you feel about the future?’.
“Our students continue to have success both while at the University and after graduation:
“Final year BA Fine Art students Zoë Carlon and Toby Kilby-Pollard were amongst a group of over 40 emerging artists and makers from across Yorkshire who were selected to show their work at the Ones to Watch 2017 exhibition held in March at Sunny Bank Mills, Leeds.
“Hermione Oldham, a first year student on the BA History of Art programme, won the inaugural Cultural Institute Short Film Prize, judged by Col Needham, the founder of IMDb. She collaborated with an undergraduate from the School of Media and Communication to produce a film entitled Virtual Holocaust Memory. This is a great example of the collaboration being enabled by the newly created Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures.
“BA History of Art and Museum Studies graduate Rose de Graaf (2015) was appointed assistant curator at the Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam.
“BA Fine Art graduate, Sophie Ashby (2010) was named by The Times in May as London’s ‘new design darling’ and nominated for the Andrew Martin international designer of the year award, having established her company studioashby four years ago.
“We wish all our new graduates well for the future and look forward to hearing about all their graduate stories. They join a fantastic group of alumni, many of whom joined us for our new building launch in February.”