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APATHY ENDS...19/05/17

By Professor Tim Davies




‘Apathy ends…19/05/17’ is the chosen title for this year’s degree show and catalogue. Although artists are much of the time confined to the protected corners of their studios, where various processes and debates are tried and tested to visually realise their ideas, the world outside is never ever far away.

It seems fair to say that the preceding 12 months have been politically amongst the most shocking and intriguing of recent years. A new uncertain global future has been unleashed.

Through a continuing rostrum of tutorials, lectures and seminar sessions here at Swansea, we remind ourselves of the relevance of art history and the beat of this world as we feel it.

The exhibition this year reflects this fast-evolving cultural and political landscape through a myriad of media. The work in material form includes use of the found object, performance, painting, video, sculpture and photography. There is no hierarchy of medium as we encourage students to consider the most appropriate means for expressing ideas. The themes explored this year include the omnipresent issues of gender, sexual and cultural identities, the rural and urban landscape, the ubiquitous phenomena of Instagram and the selfie, illness as a catalyst for good, journalism and the digital click, click, click of a camera, figuration beyond the sentimental and the evolving potential of site specificity.

The graduating students this year have put together an apposite and thought provoking show. All of us in the Fine Art team thank our students for their commitment and perseverance with this most beautiful and necessary of subjects and wish them all the very best for their futures.

Apathy ends …19/05/17.

Professor Tim Davies