"My students have been phenomenal throughout this year and in particular during the lockdown period. The group is widely diverse, with many different cultures, religions and languages being practiced. This group of amazingly talented young people show us how we can move forward as an inclusive culture. The students produced many cutting edge visuals and strong messages of hope and unity. The group was keen for the BLM issue not to become a one off or a fad and so we decided as a group to extend the project throughout the year. Inviting all to join in to celebrate our diversity, respect, tolerance and unity. I am so proud to have been their tutor and look forward to their future visual creations, thoughts, debates and expressions. I am indeed blessed."
Eve Robinson: Tutor
Odd One Out
Based upon a detailed examination human psychology, philosophy, stories and accounts of utopias, ‘Odd One Out’ investigate themes such as utopia/dystopia, not belonging’ and alienation and how we strive to create our own oasis.
Manchester Architecture Old and New ‘Looking Through’
Walking through the city, the turn of a corner and glimpse of a different viewpoint challenges your perceptions and orientation. Using a skeletal, see through appearance this study explores the different types and styles of architecture and how they have created a variety of vistas, openings and views.
This work represents observations of family, alongside personal and cultural expression.
My body of work aims to highlight and recognise the importance of key workers in society
The Hands Express All.
Two hands have the same purpose of cooperating with each other and moving towards each other. This piece expresses that the more we cooperate as human beings the more chance we have of achieving our goals for humanity; peace, love, justice, equality and a secure future which is inclusive for all in our wonderful diverse cultures.
My final project is based around the idea of isolation. I will explore its connections to mental illness and examine the different aspects and interpretations of isolation. I believe that many people feel alone at crucial times in their life, particularly if they are facing difficult personal issues or maybe just trying to make sense of the world around them.
Personal masks and African Culture
My work examines the fundamental human need to seek shelter and safety.
Nests and Foundations
I explored the idea of nests and began to examine the behaviour of human’s and upbringing. Nests are essentially our foundations. This made me look into myself and my own behaviours. To analyse how I have constructed my own nests to comfort and protect myself.
The Toxic Mind Set
An expression of how manipulative personalities can hurt people and ‘rot’ them from the inside, and how the damage goes deeper than what we see on the surface.
Big Heads and the search for eternal status
‘Big Heads’ explores the concept of the desire for eternal fame, status, and wanting to be remembered and applies it to the Corvid 19 pandemic, considering how these times and current thoughts and feelings will be remembered in times yet to come.
My Hidden Emotions and Feelings
A self-portrait showing those parts that people maybe don’t know of me, or I hide. The Covid-19 lockdown has helped us all understand more about ourselves and ask questions whether behaviours are socially acceptable or not?
As time moves forward, so does the environment and the social atmosphere from the exploration of foreign lands and their people, to the liberation of enslaved Africans. We are all time bound.
MARYAM AL SHAMMARY
Ordinary life seemed to stop with the eruption of Covid 19: human nature, however, did not…
Living in a world of limited physical contact prompted this investigation of the significance of touch.
How do our inner demons look?
Focussing on perceptions associated with mental health, the work attempts to address associated stigmas through picturing how our demons would look.
Exploration of unconditional love.
My work is a consideration of religious beliefs and their importance (or not) to different people.
Speed and Motion
An artist interpretation of speed. I have created a variety of paintings that I think relate to the movement and researched Gerhard Richter, my work is inspired by his blurred photograph paintings, I looked at many of his portraits ones that included vehicles and random families.
MY LOCKDOWN PHOTOGRAPHS
The ‘Lockdown Art Postcards from the ‘Edge’ project started as a direct response to the Governments lockdown rules and regulations. Students, staff and the wider community were invited to create art using the template of a postcard and then post the cards 'as hugs' to project co-ordinator, art tutor Eve Robinson. The project has produced some wonderful examples of mixed media creativity whilst at the same time providing a platform for student’s to express their hopes fears and aspirations in uncertain times.