Final degree show 2017
Every June final-year undergraduate and MFA students showcase their work at the Degree Show. This exhibition is a culmination of their time at Reading School of Art, bringing together fours years of creative in one final show
Condensed Milk 2017, explores the idea of a generation who cannot pay attention to anything and how this intersects with those who create media to be consumed by viewers and participants.
"Setting up the Degree show has been great, everyone is around and there's so many people to talk to. It's been really motivational, uplifting and there's a real sense of community."
Open to friends, family and the general public for seven days, Condensed Milk housed the work of 57 students, exploring painting, sculpture, installation and film and performance.
Among the students who exhibited, four graduates explain how their time at the Reading School of Art helped them achieve their educational goals:
"I have loved how multicultural the course is. My classmates and I all come from very different backgrounds and so we have all different ideas and viewpoints on art and, working together we can exchange our opinions."
Vervina's installation "Colourful Layers" is focused around identity and the layers hidden inside a person. Throughout her work, Vervina focuses on her own upbringing and heritage. She credits her time at Reading as helping to broaden her artistic abilities.
"My time at Reading has helped me develop into an artist through introducing me to more diverse media, to not just stick to what I am used to. It has given me confidence to try something new. After graduation, I hope to continue in installation work; working in theatres, prop making or on stage."
Frances Grazier also credits her time at Reading with helping to broaden her practical art skills.
"When I first started my course I only drew in pencil, but from the start we were pushed and encouraged to try different media. In the end I decided to explore video and my piece "Internal Landscape" uses 3D digital sculpture and a virtual reality headset"
Throughout her degree, Frances travelled to Taiwan and Wuhan, China, as part of a study exchange programme; subsequently she was awarded a scholarship to continue her studies in Taiwan after graduation.
"The study exchange programme allowed me not only to explore different countries, but also to get an understanding of how art is taught in different parts of the world. "
Many of graduates opt to study art as part of a joint honours programme; they credit our diverse study programmes as key influencers over their art practice.
BA Art and Philosophy graduate Oleksandra Radchenko's piece '3-XI-6869421' is a coming together of her time in Reading School of Art and the department of Philosophy.
"Being able to collaborate with other departments became a really important part of my degree. As a join honours student studying Philosophy alongside Art helped me incorporate my philosophical outlooks and viewpoints within my art practice."