An Unofficial Alumni (a virtual tour of the exhibition)

We were all incredibly pleased with the way the exhibition came together (and would still be very thankful to any more visitors to the show).

The exhibition tried to bring together a rather interesting mixture of work from working artists from the area around Barnsley, aware that after 9 years running, 2013 marks the end of degree courses at University Campus Barnsley being run by the University of Huddersfield. An Unofficial Alumni is a showcase of working artists who studied or taught at the campus during these years. These artists have go on to work in a diverse range on medias, including painting, photography, ceramics, design , installation art…and robots

Linda Betts
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My current practice explores the theme of memory and more specifically, memory loss. Some of my most recent work aims to observe memory from a more scientific point of view and examines the causes of memory loss, and more specifically Alzheimer’s disease, within the brain.
The piece ‘Memoriae‘ draws on my own experience and knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease and aims to convey the feeling of watching a person disappearing, vaporising and fading away in front of our eyes, whilst also wanting to piece together the fragments of that person and save them.
I am captivated by light and its use within a space and as such my work is greatly influenced by light artists. I use artificial light as a raw material within my own work to show how memory alters and fades over time.
Linda graduated from the University in 2013
Gemma Brookes
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Since I left University in 2011 I have continued to produce art work in some shape or form, when I have the time I like to work on printmaking but I am currently producing plastic jewellery with hand drawn images on them. I have been concentrating on buildings as I think these are the things that people remember most about a place, as I know I do, I also like the detail you can put in to them. So I thought it appropriate to show works similar to this for this exhibition as it would relate well to the point of the exhibition being about people continuing to produce art after graduating from Barnsley Uni. I have a few pieces I’d like to include as well as some new ones I am working on, I am also planning some watercolour paintings to go alongside these pieces. Some of my pieces are scenes from in and around Barnsley, some include buildings and some are more nature based, others are from further afar but my theme is to show the appreciation people have of their hometowns and how this should not be forgotten as every place has it’s wonders that you can remember and be proud of. I want to show with my art some key areas from places that I find memorable and beautiful. I think sometimes people forget how lovely the places are that we live in, I have seen people doing this with Barnsley a lot recently and so this is what encouraged me to do this project.
Gemma graduated from the university in 2011
Gemma Brookes Designs @ Facebook
Steve Ellis
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New Concepts, Re-visited, Diversifying, Un-grounded
Steve Ellis worked at the university from 2005 to 2013
Lee Gascoyne
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I graduated from University Campus Barnsley in 2011 with a first class honours degree and was awarded the Chancellor’s Prize for Outstanding Achievement. During my studies I was involved in various exhibitions, which I’ve managed to continue in one form or another since my graduation to the present. I’ve also been commissioned on a couple of occasions, one privately and the other for Barnsley Museum’s first exhibition. I have also collaborated with other UCB graduates, both on artworks and exhibitions. I now live in the Lake District, which is where I work and make art.
Lee Gascoyne graduated from the university in 2011
Rachel Guest
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Rachel Guest’s work has focussed on the themes of pain, struggle and confinement, and the destruction of dreams.
Rachel Guest has sought to explore these themes through textiles, print, collage, installation and photography. Where possible, she has tried to combine more than one medium to create interest on several levels.
This piece is a culmination of separate pieces all collaged together in one design. Her work aims to address the myth that art should always be comfortable to look at. Some of the pieces are confrontational, making them difficult to view or ignore, like pain, for her.
The print is an example of how pain can envelope and restrict a person, crushing dreams and ripping aspirations to shreds.
“Pain can drag you down. When you have a brain and spine infected with cancer, it literally drags you down. I’ve lost my hair, my fertility, my memory, and my dreams. Only infection and pain remain by my side, keeping me from sleep, reminding me that I am still alive. Life is not make-believe and it does not always end fairly”.
The folk art of Latin America inspires Rachel for its embodiment of passion, endurance and freedom. Rachel aims to encompass these ideals in all of her work.
Rachel Guest graduated from the University in 2013
Fay Holmes
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Cat-alogue was created using a mixture of watercolours and inks. The painting is a previous series of speed drawings and monoprints, the inspiration for the piece is T.S Elliot poem named ‘Growl Tiger’s Last Stand’ and my love of the not-so-domestic pet.
Fay graduated from the university in 2011
 David S Jarvis
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My work so far can only be described as an eclectic mix of painting and sculpture in many styles such as Abstract, Abstract Expressionism, Outsider, Realist, Pop and Conceptual art. There is a reason for this mix, and the reason is; that I simply have not yet discovered a singular or particular way of working that fully suits me comfortably (I perhaps never will). A singular or particular way of working is difficult for any artist to achieve and is even more difficult to implement in the long term into a consistent visual art form, I like to think of this problem as in terms of a Where and What dilemma? This dilemma or question of from where and what does the contempory artist take his or her inspiration from to create beauty is one that I find particularly challenging. Firstly; where dose the artist create from – the world around him perhaps via simple direct observation, or the inner world; the world of the mind and emotions or maybe a mixture of both? This raises the second question of what the artist creates, and by what I am referring to the wide range of possible artistic styles that have been developed over the history of art and that are now available to the learned artist; as well as the seemingly infinite number of sensory objects/subjects available in the world for the artist to draw upon.  Of course you may just simply say that the artist creates and draws inspiration from his philosophical, religious, moral and political view points; and it is in this that answers the where and what questions. This cannot be denied but I feel it misses the wider point, for everything it seems is perhaps in the flux of change including all view points and therefore artists in my opinion need to communicate through a deeper and more meaningful language, that of beauty, but how do we achieve and recognise beauty? We must search the where and what. The fine artist therefore must be resilient to these facts. He or she must face this problem almost on a continuous basis even when they feel that they are on a good and true creative path; these questions need continual attention. The artist is bound intrinsically and inexorably to the questions of where; do we create from and what; do we create from?
David S Jarvis – Visit my Blog to find out more: theartistdsjarvis.blogspot.co.uk
David graduated from the university in 2012
John Ledger
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I had always drawn/doodled/made stuff  from a very early age, and although I stopped doing most things during the often necessary crushing of idiosyncrasies required during secondary school years, I always knew I’d return to art because something still informed me that artistic expression was in tune with the way I experienced life. But actually feeling like an artist/feeling, well, this mindset was instigated by world events and personal events  that occurred during my mid-to-late teenage years. Being witness to the horrific televised spectacle of the 9/11 terror attacks when I was 17, and then being witness to a collection of smaller news events (whilst around the age of 18) that precipitated uncontrollable concern about the future of our species on this planet, and I needed to find an escape from it by physically distancing myself from the world.
The isolation that I plummeted into during this early stage of adulthood gave me the first chance since school to think my own thoughts. It wasn’t a particularly good time, but I found myself compelled to make art as a sort of coping method. I was a bit naive and a day-dreamer as a teenager; these events shattered this bubble. Making art was the only reaction I could find to this.
The ideas for my work always precede putting pen to paper; and their formulation in my mind takes much longer now, but when they come together it brings both great relief and great excitement. I want to do justice to all that hidden labour that has been underway in my head, and for this reason these ‘doodles’ have no choice but to become murals. Although my work was initially fueled primarily by ecological and personal issues. When I began to look into what I would argue has largely caused these ecological and personal problems, my work then began to gravitate towards socio-political issues. My landscape drawings allowed to be bring all these concerns together to reveal how they were interrelated.
Although I still now sometimes use paint and collage, I didn’t feel that I could always truly say what I wanted to say with it. Yet drawing always seemed like a ‘sitting’ down method of working, and I wanted to transfer as much energy as possible whilst working. Once I got hold of large sheets of paper, and realised I could work on a drawing facing it like it was a canvas, this felt so right and was a breakthrough point for me. I still sort of see myself as a painter, as I still view drawing as being a far less energetic,  more relaxed way of working, and I often see my works more as paintings that drawings.
John Ledger was born in Barnsley, January 1984.
He  graduated from the university in 2007
johnledgerartist.co.uk
Julie Newton
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Julie Newton is an emerging artist who graduated with first class honours from The University of Huddersfield (2013) she has increasingly exhibited on both a local and national level in numerous group shows and most recently undertook two sizable commissions. Newton’s working practice is predominantly involved with the reciprocal relationship between home and identity; the vernacular role of domesticity forms the context from which the work is created.
Questioning notions of acceptability, in regards to the female form, raises issues of idealized norms; the familiar is often paired with the uncanny, creating a sense of both presence and absence. Newton is fascinated by the way the human mind can be lured into making assumptions based on very little, especially focusing on how remembrance compresses both time and space creating a new reality. Symbiotic repetitious behaviors manifest throughout her practice, alongside ongoing phobias and fixations, inherent anxieties’ reveal themselves to the viewer, through the defamiliarisation of the seemingly banal.
Julie graduated from the university in 2013
http://julie-newton.blogspot.co.uk/
Rob Nunns
Street Photography                 Curiosity is everything.
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Rob’s photographic work is documentary based with a strong emphasis on capturing life’s idiosyncrasies. He has a Preference to using an iPhone and its basic camera software over a conventional SLR camera. He Believes that the truth can only be captured when his subjects are not aware they are being photographed. It is for this reason he prefers using the less obtrusive iPhone. Curiosity and remaining inconspicuous, almost invisible to the subject is everything, searching for the moment when the magic that is human nature and fate collide. The photographs being displayed are all recent examples of his work, having been taken in Europe over the past 12 months. The work forms part of a larger on going Street Photography project.
Rob is a Yorkshire based photographic artist, living and working in Leeds and Barnsley. He is also an official photographer for Barnsley Football Club.
Rob Nunns graduated from the University in 2009.
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Andrew William Parker
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This series of work aims to capture an essence of the individuals within it. A care home can be dark place at times, a real final resting place, a culmination of life experience, emotion, pain and memory, a place where raw, solid, emotional imagery can be seen on a daily basis. These people all shared their penultimate years together and for some this maybe their only legacy. These are just a few of the faces that will soon be forgotten by most.A.W.Parker @ FacebookAndrew William Parker graduated from the university in 2013

Michael Steer
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As an abstract painter my work focuses on the relationship between
hard-edged geometry and gestural chaos and how the interaction between
these elements represents, for example, the interplay of man and
nature or reason and emotion. Most of my paintings also feature
heavily abstracted references to landscapes and these two pieces are
no exception.
Michael Graduated from university in 2012

http://www.michael-steer.co.uk

Richard Turner
‘Walter’ – Richard Turner/Lee Gascoyne
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Richard Turner, Art Technician at the University Campus Barnsley, graduated in 2003 with a BA (Hons) degree in Combined Studies (Art & Design). He has completed many private commissions for clients including Kirklees Council and the University of Sheffield.
Richard Turner worked at the university from 2005 to 2013.
Corinne White
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Upon leaving school in 1996  I enrolled on a Performance art BTEC at Barnsley college. I enjoyed the creativity and freedom that the course provided but being quite an introverted child, I found the exposure of being on stage a little too over powering and by the time that I completed the two years of education, it had become apparent to me that performance art wasn’t right for me and that I didn’t want to continue it at a university level.
Throughout my education I had been working in a town centre pub and had grown close to the family who ran it. On deciding to take  year out, I was offered a full time position there. During the year I went to see a careers advisor who was adamant that I should go to university. Still not knowing what I wanted to do I decided to return to education and increase my points score in order to qualify for a degree.
In the summer of1999 I enrolled to do an English Literature, Classical Studies and Modern History A Levels at Barnsley college. I enjoyed being back in full time education And worked hard in order to gain the qualifications that I needed. Although, with hindsight, I was defiantly missing the creativity and freedom of art.
In the summer of 2001 I decided to apply to Sheffield Hallam University to enroll on the degree course titled “The History Of Art And Architecture”. My hope was that I could combine both my academic skills and interest in art and enjoy the experience of being a university student. Unfortunately, this didn’t happen. I found the Architecture side of the course incredibly tedious and realised early on that I had no passion for what I was doing. Ironically, my fondest memories of that time was hanging around the art studios.
After dropping out in December 2001 I returned to full time work. The experience severely knocked my confidence and I resigned myself to a life of pub work.
By the time I was 27 I had trained up to the level of Manager and was working for a Management company who took on failing pubs and attempted to build them back up into viable businesses. I had not done anything creative for the last seven years and new that the life I was leading wasn’t for me. It was well paid job and I was my own boss and was provided with free accommodation but I still felt empty.
On December the 6th 2009 I gave up the pub, my home and my income and moved back to my parents house in Barnsley. I attended an opening day at UCB and was accepted onto there Interdisciplinary Art And Design Degree and new instantly that I had made the correct decision. Rediscovering my love of art and creating has changed my outlook on life and me as a person. It is something that I will do for the rest of my life and I feel very lucky to have something in my life that I am so passionate about.
Corinne graduated from the University in 2013
Corinne White Art  @ Facebook
Shane Wogan
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This series of ceramic work explores body image and people’s perception of the human form. The idea is to play with the viewer’s perception of what they are looking at. Using innocent parts of the body and joining them together in a mirror image way distorts the original part of the body and can sometimes appear to be rude, even though they aren’t
Shane graduated from the university in 2013
Louise Wright
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I find that drawing is an aid to tap into the subconscious and download thoughts and feelings in the form of detailed obsessive drawings. I am fascinated by the natural world; captured by the way fungi, spores and micro organisms multiply and spread through their environment mirrored by the way my drawings spread across the page. I have an obsessive need to draw and document my existence. Drawing is proof of my existence and will remain the embodiment of who I am, long after I am gone.
Louise Graduated from the University in 2009
Emma Wroe
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I have used different processes to achieve different outcomes with my work. My pictures are the consequences of a series of thoughts and actions. I begin by finding an image that I would like to use and then I make drawings from the image. I repeat the same drawings until the lines and shapes of the figures start to become as fluent to my hand as writing a sentence in my own handwriting. This process helps the drawings to ingress more freely into paintings. When I begin to paint it is the quality of line and composition that act as good foundations to be able to let the picture grow in a fluid and eloquent way without being fabricated. When I begin to paint it is color that acts as a serious denominator that seems to decide in a helpful way the route of the spirit of the picture.
Emma Wroe graduated from university in 2013
Emma Wroe Fine Artist @Facebook

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About John Ledger

A visual Artist, eternal meanderer and obsessive self-reflector by nature, who can’t help but try to interpret everything from within the tide of society. His works predominantly take the form of large scale ballpoint pen landscape drawings and map-making as social/psychological note-making. They are slowly-accumulating responses to crises inflicted upon the self in the perplexing, fearful, empty, and often personality-erasing human world.

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