Degrees of Vision: Link is now OPEN!

Described by Dean Clough as “A genuinely impressive selection of graduation work from students at Calderdale College that ranges from representative painting and photography to mixed media and assemblage.”  Degrees of Vision: Link opened on Saturday 19th June 2010, and will continue until 18th July.  It is open from 10am – 5pm, 7 days a week.

Degrees of Vision: Link at Dean Clough Galleries

Degrees of Vision: Link at Dean Clough Galleries

Visual arts graduates hold first gallery exhibition at Dean Clough

Only a week after holding their final degree show, Visual Arts Graduates from Calderdale College and Leeds Metropolitan University opened their group exhibition ‘Degrees of Vision: Link’ at Dean Clough Galleries in Halifax.  This is the first time that an exhibition of Calderdale College graduates’ work has been held at Dean Clough.  The exhibition opened on 19th June and will run for a month.

The exhibition, described by Dean Clough as ‘a genuinely impressive selection’, includes painting, photography, ceramics, textiles, sculpture, assemblage and found objects.  With work ranging from abstract to highly figurative, themes cover issues such as the everyday, identity, space, and collecting. Dean Clough has opened up a new temporary exhibitions space especially to accommodate this show.

“I’m genuinely impressed by the quality of the work”, said Vic Allen, Arts Co-ordinator at Dean Clough.  “This is one of the best student shows we’ve had.”

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for us,” said Carole Kirk, one of the artists.  “As a new arts graduate it can be difficult to get your first gallery exhibition, and it is great to see a gallery like Dean Clough supporting local emerging artists in this way.” 

And it seems they have plans to continue exhibiting together.  “We’ve got an exhibition opening at Bankfield Museum in September,” said Roo Waterhouse who is exhibiting a life-size oil painting of her Mum’s cupboard, complete with doors.

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Degrees of Vision: Link

Many thanks to all of you who visited our BA Degree Show at Todmorden Community College last week.  

If you would like to see more, or if you missed our show in Todmorden, we will be displaying a selection of our work at Dean Clough Galleries in Halifax from 19th June until 18th July 2010.  Open from 10am – 5pm, 7 days a week in the Link Gallery.

Open Evening. Photo: Roo Waterhouse

Open Evening. Photo: Roo Waterhouse

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Degrees of Vision

The students from Calderdale College (Todmorden)

BA Visual Arts



Monday 7th June – Saturday 12th June 2010

from 11am – 4pm

at Todmorden Community College


Degrees of Vision exhibition details
Degrees of Vision exhibition details

The show will be followed by two different showcase exhibitions

at Dean Clough, Halifax, in late June 2010

and Bankfield Museum, Halifax, in September and October 2010

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With thanks for their kind donations:

The Bearder Charity
Sweet & Maxwell, Mytholmroyd
B’dz, Todmorden
Beauty by Grace, Hebden Bridge
Element Jewellery, Hebden Bridge
Mardan Display, Todmorden
Monkey and Ellie, Hebden Bridge
Pennine Provisions, Hebden Bridge
Spirals, Hebden Bridge
Something Special Cards and Gifts, Todmorden
The Bookcase, Hebden Bridge

& special thanks to all our tutors and staff

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Gay Wilsher

Seeking Colour

In the last twelve months of my degree course I have been working in an increasingly abstract way and have enjoyed the freedom this gives enormously. My work is experimental and experiential. It is the process that excites me as I seek the effects of using colour to create light, space and luminosity. I like to work spontaneously and the element of chance can often take over. I work mainly in oils, acrylic paints and inks, experimenting by painting on a variety of different surfaces. These include inkjet photographic paper, card, paper, and board as well as canvas. Each one offers a different challenge and requires a different process. It is these processes that have led me to using a layering technique of adding and subtracting paint to seek the colours beneath. I am passionate about colour, using highly pigmented colours to give vibrancy and purity and others to give transparency, depth or a blending of hues. The classic writings of Patrick Heron and Josef Albers on colour have been very inspirational for me. As have the large abstract paintings of Gerhard Richter.

Gay Wilsher - 'Abstract painting in blue 2010'
Gay Wilsher – ‘Abstract painting in blue 2010’
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Elsie M White

My work is based around a complexity of emotions.  I decided to work with clay for its malleability to help me to express my feelings.

Elsie White - 'Untitled'

Elsie White - 'Untitled'

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Roo S Waterhouse

Significant Accumulations

The souvenirs and valuables which we put in pride of place on the mantlepiece may be the obvious objects of significance and veneration in our lives; however, of equal importance are those ordinary tools of domestic life with which we connect on a daily basis – the crockery on the table, the cutlery in the drawer, the contents of the household cupboard. All of these things resonate, provoking associations and emotions. The artefacts which we accumulate in our homes each contain their own story. Together they form a narrative: an echo of personal and family identity.

Roo Waterhouse - 'Breakfast at 61'
Roo Waterhouse – ‘Breakfast at 61’

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