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Take it seriously but don’t worry about it; see it as a chance to experiment, not an exhibition; don’t just make stuff that looks like contemporary art, do something useful. Opinions on degree shows and their place in art education come thick and fast in the 2016 a-n Degree Shows Guide. For the artist Bedwyr Williams they’re an oddity, a flawed but essential part of the art school experience. For mima director and 2015 Turner Prize judge Alistair Hudson they’re an institutionalised idea in need of an overhaul. New Art West Midlands curator Rachel Bradley, meanwhile, believes

they provide an opportunity for students to think about the audience for their work, and to tackle the challenges of display. This year’s guide encompasses a wide range of views – from visual art professionals, practicing artists, and of course 2016’s graduating students themselves. With listings from over 75 art schools across the UK and examples of students’ work from a range of institutions, it’s also the biggest guide yet. We hope you enjoy it – and please share with us your views and pictures from this year’s shows, using the hashtag #andegrees16.

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Arts University Bournemouth BA Fine Art degree show, 2015

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a-n Degree Shows Guide 2016  
a-n Degree Shows Guide 2016  

2016 Degree shows publication highlighting the best graduate art and design shows around the UK, with commentary and insight from artists, c...

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