Photography undergraduate exhibits work at Threshold Festival

Photography undergraduate, Tony Lavender, unveiled his latest project at the Liverpool Threshold Festival in April, bringing this year’s theme, ‘Alchemy’, to life using the work of the world renowned Roslin Institute.

Tony is studying at the Hugh Baird University Centre on the BA (Hons) Top up in Digital Imaging and Photography, which is validated by the University of Central Lancashire. As part of the Responsive Module of the course, undergraduates are asked to respond to an event of their choice so Tony decided that the Threshold Festival offered a perfect opportunity. The grassroots multi-arts event held in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle focuses on emerging artists and new work.

To fit in with their ‘Alchemy’ theme - Tony produced an exhibition piece inspired by cloning and genetic testing and, with the support of Public Engagement Assistant at The Roslin Institute, Dr Rachel Huddart, Tony was allowed access to the world class research centre at the University of Edinburgh to capture his images.

The Roslin Institute is best known for producing the first cloned lamb using a cell taken from an adult sheep with this year marking ‘Dolly the Sheep’s’ 20th anniversary. The Institute gave Tony access to visual material, equipment and facilities so he could create a body of work for display at the Threshold Festival.

Tony said:

“I’m very grateful to the Roslin Institute for their support. I’ve been able to produce incredible images of microscopic cell structures thanks to their amazing facilities and equipment. My main aim now is to continue to develop these pieces for my final degree project.”

Tony will join the rest of the Digital Imaging and Photography students who have an opportunity to show at the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool this June.

He added:

“I think the ethos behind what I’m producing for my final project reflects how different this degree course is to an ordinary photography degree. It is very much image making, not just photography, so we’re not restricted to traditional photography or cameras but are able to harness the latest digital imaging technology to produce cutting edge work.”

Programme Leader for the Digital Imaging and Photography degree programmes, Dave Lockwood, said:

“One of the key strengths of our course is that students get a very individual learning journey to pursue the direction that fits their personal ambitions, both technically and creatively. Tony’s project is a great example of how successful this approach can be and we are looking forward to working with him to build on his fascinating Threshold Festival piece and produce new work on this subject for his ‘Honours’ project."

The photography exhibition at Open Eye Gallery will begin on 14th June. If you would like to find out more or for information about the Digital Imaging and Photography courses at the Hugh Baird University Centre, click here, or telephone 0151 353 4444.