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Sunderland University students showcase their talents in final exhibition

Emerging artists and designers present work at end of year show hosted by the National Glass Centre

Fictional Worlds: Everything At Once, from students' end of year exhibition at National Glass Centre in Sunderland
Fictional Worlds: Everything At Once, from students' end of year exhibition at National Glass Centre in Sunderland

As university end-of-year shows across the region reveal our students’ designs on the future, emerging talents of the art world are among those showcasing their skills at National Glass Centre.

Art and design students from the University of Sunderland are marking the end of their courses with a final exhibition of individual pieces of work created from ideas developed throughout the academic year.

The faculty dean, Graeme Thompson, joined the students’ families and friends at the launch of the show, which will run until Friday.

On display is work by 37 students, ranging from drawing and photography to costume and installation.

It demonstrates different techniques, many learned in the glass centre’s workshops and studios. Sources of inspiration range from the constraints of Victorian society to the limitless horizons of social media.

Work created by students on the foundation diploma in art and design – which won an “outstanding” rating from Ofsted, signalling it one of best in the region – is showing alongside that by students from the BA (hons) art and design extended courses.

They include striking pieces such as Fictional Worlds, an installation by James Railston whose chain of drawings create a landscape; Death Watch by Sophie Taylor, inspired by Victorian funerals and attitudes to women; Nicole Cherry’s Don’t Forget Your Routes, a delicate-looking and intricately layered landscape; and Louis Hodgson’s Game Life, a colourful graphic design work reflecting on aspects of money and gambling in contemporary society.

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