New art exhibition with a message opens in Exeter

cowboy 12Cowboy 5aCowboy 2aCowboy 11aCowboy 10An exciting new art-from-waste exhibition organised by the University of Exeter has just opened on the Marsh Barton Industrial Estate in Exeter. 

 

Entitled From Cowboys to Astronauts, the exhibition has been organised and curated by the Centre for Alternative Materials and Remanufacturing Technologies (CALMARE) at the University of Exeter.  Invited artists, working with CALMARE, have used waste materials to demonstrate what can be achieved when we move away from the throwaway mind-set that is endemic in our society.  They have created an inspiring range of artworks promoting the concept of a circular economy – a regenerative economic system where materials and energy from products are recovered and put back into the system instead of simply being disposed of.

 

You can see the exhibition for free at The Enviro Hub, Devon Contract Waste, Marsh Barton Road, Marsh Barton, Exeter, Devon, EX2 8NU

 

CALMARE is a business technology centre, part funded by the ERDF, based at the University of Exeter. The waste materials used in the exhibition have been sourced from the University itself and from other locations around Devon, including Exeter and Plymouth Scrapstores, Peninsula Waste Savers in Okehampton and the Devon County Council

 

The exhibition is open from 27 April – 22 May 2015, Monday to Saturday (except bank holidays).

 

Find out more about the exhibition here

 Paddon Award 2015

On March 18 the Judging Event for the Paddon Award 2015, the University’s cross-arts competition, took place on campus at Roborough Studios. The celebratory award evening was attended by over 60 guests who came to hear the shortlisted entrants present their pieces.

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Guests viewing the shortlisted works at the Judging Event

The night showcased the spectacular standard of creativity amongst the staff, students and alumni from the University. From poems to paintings, from stories to film, each of the 20 individual pieces represented the artist’s unique interpretations of this year’s theme ‘Transformations’.

 

Visual creations included a painting showing four stages of a sunset, a digital image derived from Morse code messages from the First World War, a drawing of a pregnant life-model, a painting of the transforming Living Systems building on campus, a chameleon and a set of paintings showing the life cycle of amphibians.

 

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Staff member Tom Stevenson’s shortlisted piece ‘Four Scenes Towards Evening’

Creative writing entries included poems about coffee and dreams, a trilobite, a chrysalis and growing into an adult as well as a story about the changes in one child’s life.

 

Christy Ku scooped the first prize for ‘It All Passes’, a very touching and sensitive poem about the ephemeral nature of life. Second prize was awarded to Jordan Edgington, a graduate in Sports and Exercise Science, whose story ‘Ghosts’ about his first experiences as a graduate was identified with by many in the audience.   The joint third prizes went to Bethany Ashley, a Liberal Arts undergraduate, for her beautifully designed poem ‘Kindling’, in which the second stanza was the inverse of the first, and to Clifford Roddy , Film undergraduate, whose challenging short film ‘Cosmia’ addressed the theme of someone achieving a transformation by ‘putting on a face’.

 

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First prize winner Christy Ku performing her poem ‘It All Passes’

The judges for the evening were Honorary Graduate and International Curator, Thomas Trevor, folk singer and fiddle player Jackie Oates, and the Student Guild Vice President for Activities, Matt Bate.Their unenviable task of judging the shortlisted entries resulted in them choosing a first, second and joint third prizes. Thanks to the generosity of John Paddon, who attended the event, it was possible for the judges to offer the extra third prize.

 

The Paddon Award was established in memory of two alumni of the University of Exeter who contributed greatly to fostering collaboration between alumni and students for the benefit of the University.  Both were very interested in the arts so an annual prize was set up to encourage participation in some aspects of the arts.

 

If you didn’t get the chance to view the shortlisted works at the event, you can view them at the Paddon Award Showcase 6-19 May 2015 in the University Reception.