An exhibition of work by 41 students from year one and two at West Suffolk College studying for the Extended Diploma in Photography with the School of Art and Design.
The works on show in the photo-SHOPS exhibition demonstrate the abundant talent and diversity of our students. Staff across the School of Art and Design teach, guide, encourage and support students in their exploration of all areas of photographic practice. Furthering this individualised approach to education the exhibition is un-themed, resulting in an eclectic array of work which is sure to both please and challenge viewers.
The show contains works of commercial, fashion, documentary, portraiture, editorial, experimental and art photography that illustrate skills in both traditional chemical based photography and digital processes. The aim of the exhibition is to provide a platform for the exhibitors to explore and improve their employability, professionalise their practice & establish connections with prospective clients, businesses buyers and the broader community.
Through a market research project with year two Business & Marketing students the desire for more cultural venues in Bury St. Edmunds was established thus shaping hub...’s activities. The exhibition was conceived to occupy & re purpose two vacant retail properties in Bury St Edmunds, hence the show’s title: photo-SHOPS. Due to lockdown mk2 exhibition plans were put in jeopardy, however staff and students across the college worked together to find a way of embracing COVID-19 restrictions and have developed the use and promotion of a virtual gallery space.
hub... Gallery is a part of the West Suffolk Central hub... a concept developed as part of the PLACE21 department of West Suffolk College and funded by the European Social Fund. This year hub... will facilitate exhibitions, events, opportunities and happenings via a ‘pop-up’ model with the intent of establishing a permanent venue next year. The aim of hub… is to strengthen community engagement, develop business connections, embed employability skills and deepen cross curricular collaborations that are professional, inspiring, creative and future focused on every level.