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Students work to be displayed in one of the UK’s top art exhibition spaces


The talents of photography undergraduates from the Hugh Baird University Centre will once again be on show at one of the UK’s leading photography exhibition spaces.

Throughout July, work from BA (Hons) Top up in Digital Imaging and Photography undergraduates’ final major project will be on show to all visitors at Liverpool’s Open Eye Gallery.

Preparation for the exhibition started earlier in the academic year with the group presenting their initial ideas and statements of intent to the team at the Open Eye Gallery. During this crucial planning meeting, Open Eye Gallery Curator, Thomas Dukes and Executive Director Sarah Fisher, offered their feedback and creative direction to the undergraduates. Thomas and Sarah were then invited back to the Hugh Baird University Centre’s Creative Arts Annual Degree Show to view the final work and select pieces for display at the Gallery.

Sarah commented on the work from the undergraduates:

Someone recently asked me what I thought made a good photography degree course and I said, dedicated staff that develop students' ambition and students with something to say. Both of these characteristics are evident at the Hugh Baird University Centre. The Open Eye Gallery is delighted to have been working with the BA (Hons) Top up in Digital Imaging and Photography undergraduate again this year towards a full gallery exhibition. Several individuals have produced work that is exceptional and, crucially, all of the students are presenting work that is distinct.

Programme Leader for Digital Imaging and Photography at the Hugh Baird University Centre, Dave Lockwood, said:

It was fantastic for the students to receive such positive and glowing feedback from both Sarah and Thomas. This is now our fourth year of collaborating with the Open Eye Gallery and I am extremely proud that our students will once again be exhibited in the only North West based gallery dedicated to photography and related media. The Open Eye Gallery’s passion echoes the course’s ethos by promoting the practice, enjoyment and understanding of photography. Our collaboration not only enables our undergraduates to showcase their work, but gives them the opportunity to create connections in the industry that they can then use to negotiate future work projects. In doing this, we are ensuring our undergraduates leave the Hugh Baird University Centre ready to forge successful careers in the industry.

Open Eye Gallery is the only gallery dedicated to photography and related media in the North West of England. The ‘Honours Project’ will be part of the Close Attention exhibition at the Open Eye Gallery starting on the 11th July and will finish on the 21st July. More information on the exhibition can be found here: www.openeye.org.uk/whatson/close-attention

If you would like to find out more or for information about the Digital Imaging and Photography courses at the Hugh Baird University Centre, please visit: www.hughbaird.ac.uk/subject-area/creative-industries or telephone 0151 353 4444.

The BA (Hons) Top up in Digital Imaging and Photography is approved by the University of Central Lancashire.

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