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Contents 09-11 BEDWYR WILLIAMS The Artes Mundi 7 shortlisted artist graduated from Central Saint Martins in 1997. He offers his thoughts on the degree show process and format, urging students to take things seriously – but not too seriously… 13-21 CLASS OF 2016 A selection of this year’s cohort in their own words and pictures. Five student artists answer our degree shows’ questionnaire, plus we feature images of work from art schools across the UK.


23-27 DEGREE SHOW THINKING Mima director Alistair Hudson wants art to be useful and that, he believes, means we need a new approach to degree shows. Plus three more visual arts professionals discuss their relationship with graduate shows. 29-33 ARTISTS ON THEIR DEGREE SHOWS Going back over 30 years, eight artists including George Barber, Ruth Ewan and Marianna Simnett recall what the degree show experience meant to them – both then and now.


39-41 ART SCHOOL FOCUS Presented in partnership with Bath School of Art and Design, and The Cass, London. 47-55 LISTINGS A selection of over 75 degree shows across the UK, plus more images of students’ work. 3

57 ONE YEAR ON… Kate Morgan-Clare graduated in 2015 with a BA (Hons) Fine Art from Hereford College of Arts. She remembers a rewarding time of ideas and experimentation.


Ruth Ewan, We could have been anything that we wanted to be (red version), 2011 2

Bedwyr Williams, Century Egg, 2015, installation view. Courtesy the artist 3

Plymouth College of Art degree show, 2015 4

Sam Stopford, BA (Hons) Fine Art, Painting and Printmaking, Glasgow School of Art 5 4


Alistair Hudson, director, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art


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...