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Moray art students in the picture

By Lorna Thompson

STUDENTS will make the final mark in their Moray art school journey next week in their Fine Art Degree Show.

The public is invited to visit the Moray School of Art Gallery to see the exhibition and chat with the artists.

The annual show is the highlight of the academic year where the fourth-year degree students display their creative talent to the public. Now in its 12th year, the show "encompasses the student journey of discovery, progression and reflection".

There are 12 graduating students sharing work this year. The diverse range from students exhibiting across the BA Fine Art and BA Fine Art Textiles degrees includes painting, sculpture, and digital and audio installations. Two of the students are taking off to embark on a Masters degree in Edinburgh and one has secured an internship with a new Inverness-based collective, Circus.

Moray College of Art student Madeleine Daly.
Moray College of Art student Madeleine Daly.

Mike Ingles, now teaching art in Edinburgh, will head north to open the degree show. He worked with many of the Moray students on a Grampian Hospitals Art Trust project.

The soon-to-be art school fledglings were busy finalising the set-up this week. They curated the space as a group along with lecturers, beginning with completely clearing studios and central space to create a "blank canvas". First and second-year students, along with a dedicated technician, helped to actualize their ideas for the show.

BA Fine Art student Madeleine Daly said: "Because it's a small art school we're all in it together and can bounce ideas off each other. The show preparation is really well supported here. It's very much teamwork.

"I've enjoyed being able to develop my own creative practice and, in the early stages, experiment with different mediums."

Fellow Fine Art student Kim Welch said: "We're all individuals with very different styles and being here has given us the opportunity to develop our own styles. I love being able to present my work in my own way."

Painting lecturer Shaun MacDonald said the students were emerging out into an environment with many more opportunities for artists. This is thanks in part to the art college's focus on building a "real community of art practice". The college played a role in establishing WASPS art studios in Forres, Elgin, Nairn and Inverness.

Mr MacDonald said: "As a lecturer, the best thing is watching students grow and take ownership of their own practice."

The exhibition will run from 10am-5pm, Monday to Friday, June 17-21, and from 10am-4pm on Saturday, June 22, at the Moray School of Art Gallery located at the college campus in Elgin.

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