The University Centre Grimsby’s BA Hons Graduation show ‘Polymath’ took place recently showcasing the work of both the BA Fine Arts and BA Special Effects Make-up Design for TV, Film and Theatre students.
The show opened in spectacular fashion to over 150 members of the public, students, their families and key local figures including The Worshipful the Mayor of the Borough of North East Lincolnshire, Cllr Christina McGilligan-Fell. With over 25 students’ work exhibited, the event showcased a huge variety of art from traditional painting, sculpture and photography through to video installations, performance art and the varied works of the special effects make up students which included gruesome prosthetics and out of this world sci-fi inspired pieces.
Jennifer Green, BA Special Effects Make-up Design student offered an insight into the inspiration and process behind her work; Jennifer said: “My theme is Victorian Gothic Horror, inspired by films like Crimson Peak, Sleepy Hollow and Interview with a Vampire.”
“I created a five piece make-up prosthetic that was fitted to a live model and then replica pieces that were fitted to a fibreglass model for display purposes.”
Jennifer went on to say: “There were a lot of complications which you make room for, but it all worked out in the end.”
“Seeing it on display has made me realise how happy I am with it and I’m really proud.”
Attendees were welcomed with drinks and canapés and later delighted with live entertainment from talented Course Leader Darren Capp’s band, The Life and Times of the Brothers Hogg and BA Fine Arts Student Peter Lee Crookes who performs under the stage name Hudson Lewis.
Peter, whose exhibition was a journey of self discovery and awareness said he was influenced by the divide between his outgoing stage persona and the quiet artistic side of him which he explored through a series of performance art pieces, the result being a document of his findings. ‘Resolution’ was the final of seven performances over a period of two years that delved into Peter’s social anxiety, his childhood and the dark side of himself.
Peter said: “My exhibition brings the work over the past seven performances full circle. I’ve come to realise that I need other people to be me.”
He went on to say: “I took the course so I could expand my skills and university has made me a much more rounded person, I’m proud of what I’ve achieved.”
A series of speeches from course leaders and students rounded off the evening with BA Fine Art Course leader Frances Kelly advising the students, as they head in to the future to “Be Brave, Be Kind.”