Think you’re not a fan of ‘fine art’? Me either, until I started studying it and started to ‘get’ what it is. Here are 10 reasons you should come to our exhibition and see for yourself.
- Fine art gives a new perspective on your world – a different angle. It’s all about looking at a subject through new eyes. It’s been shown that you don’t have to like a piece to be changed by it. And if it causes any emotion in the viewer it has done a good job. The aim of any artist is that you come away from an exhibition looking at the world slightly differently.
- But is it art? You can spend a lifetime trying to define what is art and Marcel Duchamp was probably right in insisting that ‘everything is art’ – and that’s why fine art shows cover such a wide range of works – installations, video, sound, digital and the more traditional photography and painted pieces. Fine art can be subtle and gentle or loud and brutal – it’s more about the why than the what. What is the artist trying to convey?
However there is a huge gulf between what you’d hang on your livingroom wall – an aesthetically pleasing subject / composition / colours etc and fine art that seeks to explore aspects of humanity – sometimes uncomfortable subjects; but important ones. If you are lucky the two areas overlap.
- At our exhibition you can find out how knitting may help with feelings of anxiety and how the sound of knitting needles clattering is soothing.
- Find out what mindfulness looks and feels like and try out the electronic interactive digital artwork that aims to demonstrate that peaceful place that being mindful can access. And what has all that got to do with the Gosport Ferry? Watch the tide falling under Forton Bridge, Gosport, in real time.
- How did women manage to serve in the 18th Century Navy disguised as men?
- See work exploring geometric patterns and the visualisation process for neurological sciences.
- What do our treasured possessions say about us? Why do we keep them and feel their significance? Why do we hold on to physical memories?
- Learn more about the stigma of mental illness, especially anxiety – and what is inside the tent?!
- There will be the opportunity to win some art by the artists, to buy many of the pieces on display and additional work that each artist will be bringing along. Plus you will have the chance to meet the artists and to quiz them about their work.
- Sadly this is the last MA Fine Art show in Portsmouth so it really is a one off opportunity to come along and challenge your thoughts about what a fine art exhibition is like. What have you got to lose?!
At the very least it’s worth it to see our amazing location within the fabulous Action Stations (first floor), Portsmouth Historic Dockyard from August 20th to September 2nd 10am – 5pm and admission is free.
There is also an exhibit at Eldon Art Building, University of Portsmouth – more details to follow.
Some work explores an adult theme and is not suitable for children.
If you would like to attend the opening night (Friday 19th August) you can book your free tickets here: https://mafineartshow16.eventbrite.co.uk