Published: 19 July 2021 at 11:49
Present website features photoluminescent art and award-winning animation
Final year students from Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) are showcasing their major projects on the Present website this summer, helping to give their work truly international reach.
Although Covid-19 has meant that physical Degree Shows have been put on hold, Present is allowing students from 23 courses within ARU’s faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences to exhibit their projects to a wider audience than ever before. Visitors to Present are able to design their own exhibition, filtering the exhibits by course, theme, and even by colour.
Amongst the students exhibiting on Present is the winner of the New Designers’ Screening Award, sponsored by the Aardman Academy, and the winner of the Supanee Gazeley Art Prize, which is presented to the best piece of work by a final year student on the BA (Hons) Fine Art course.
Samuel Richardson won this year’s £3,000 Supanee Gazeley Art Prize for his innovative work involving photoluminescence, a process where light is emitted from a surface after it has absorbed light.
His winning artwork includes photographs and film of people interacting with surfaces in a photoluminescent room. By covering the different surfaces in glow-in-the-dark paint, visitors are encouraged to use lights to create their own images. A video of the work can be viewed here Touching Light - Photoluminescence as Photography - YouTube
Samuel, who is 22 and originally from Scunthorpe, explained:
Also on display on the Present website is work by BA (Hons) Illustration and Animation student Sabine Buhain, who has recently been named winner of the New Designers’ Screening Award 2021, sponsored by the Aardman Academy.
Sabine won the competition, which is open to all final year visual communication students in the UK, for her animation Like It Was Yesterday, which she wrote, directed and animated. A link to her short film is here Like It Was Yesterday on Vimeo
The judges said of Sabine’s film:
Explaining Like It Was Yesterday, Sabine, who was born in the Philippines and also lends her voice to the main character in the film, said: