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City centre 'pop-up' galleries will put university students' work firmly in shop window

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: September 06, 2012

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Postgraduate students from the University of Lincoln will be taking over two city centre shop units to showcase their work in contemporary art, ceramics and conservation.

The "pop up" gallery spaces at 38 and 47 Sincil Street will be used by art and design MA students for their final exhibition in a bid to reach a new audience in the city and build on the university's already strong links within the community.

The exhibition, called Vitrine, will be open from Tuesday September 11 for two weeks and will focus on Contemporary Art and Design talent from MA Fine Art and MA Design; new research in Ceramics and Collage from MRes and PHD Fine Art; and a display from MA Conservation of Historic Objects.

Rebecca Barmby, who has recently secured a job working in the art sector as a PR consultant, is studying an MA in Fine Art. She said: "It's been a really sharp learning curve as we have had to create an exhibition from scratch. It's been much more of a real life experience as this is what artists have to do in the outside world."

The exhibition is supported by Lincolnshire Co-operative and highlights how the university actively encourages and supports students to explore new creative territories. It is also the first time the MA students' exhibition has been extended to allow new students the chance to see postgraduate work.

Steve Dutton, Professor in Contemporary Art Practice at the University, said: "Lincoln is currently buzzing with a rapidly growing number of artists and designers who are electing to stay in the city at the end of their studies.

"These artists are proceeding to set up a huge range of projects, events, gallery spaces and studios and are making a real contribution to the cultural life of the Lincoln and the region.

"Vitrine is a welcome addition to this vital scene in which our postgraduate students are taking their work, and perhaps even more importantly, themselves, out of the institution and into the heart of the city.

"It shows what artists do right across the country, which is taking things into their own hands, taking control of spaces and ensuring their work gets seen in more accessible situations. And there will always be someone on hand to guide visitors through the exhibition."

Emma Snedden, spokesman for Lincolnshire Co-operative which let out the vacant units to the university, added: "We're delighted to be able to support the efforts of these postgraduate students.

"We've been involved with the University of Lincoln for a number of years and providing this exhibition space is just one of many ways we work together."

Vitrine is open to the public from Tuesday, September 11 to Saturday, September 15, 10am-4pm and Tuesday, September 18 to Saturday, September 22, 10am–4pm

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