Fine Art is a studio and workshop-based course, that is driven by discourses emerging from engaging in critical looking, observing, analysing, making, writing, thinking and discussing the world around us in the context of the wide field of contemporary art practices in an increasingly global context.

Students are encouraged to develop critical making and thinking in dialogue with and inspired by the incredibly diverse world of contemporary art and its histories and undercurrents. Students’ work is informed by theoretical and material- based research that enables the pushing of boundaries towards an increasingly confident critical visual language.

Seismic cultural shifts are under way and have been brought to the fore in the year of the Pandemic: equality, decolonialisation of culture, ecology and social justice are key drivers of this new decade, and students’ art works are driven and underpinned by these concerns.

In a year, in which certainties evaporated and freedom was curtailed all art students had to re-invent their approaches to creating work in improvised studios whilst continue research with limited access to live events and exhibitions. To adjust, invent and remain ambitious whilst being in various states of COVID-19 related isolation worrying and caring for close friends and family infected by the virus.

Within the context, students have created an incredibly diverse body of work, that ranges from documentary filmmaking about anonymous inter-racial adoption to podcasts for and by young lesbian creatives in Manchester, from community engagement through virtual landscapes and gaming technology to the development of growing and self-generating sculpture materials; immersive soundscapes, critical landscape paintings, text-based work and playscapes as antidote to overregulated public spaces to mention just a few of the many highlights.

There is an urgency in the work of this year’s graduating student, whose work needs to be seen, listened to, touched and discussed, which will be possible in Spring 2022, when this years Final Year students will exhibit their work in real three-dimensional space and time at Manchester School of Art.

Dr Brigitte Jurack
Reader in sculpture and time-based arts
Programme Leader Fine Art

Alexandra Constantinou

Megan Evans

Callum Allman

Ella Rudden-Power

Jessica Dartnall

Tia Maria Taylor Berry

Aaron Warris

Sophie Smorczewski

Holly Main

Clara Glyn

Frederick Sanders

Cynan-Juniper Orton

Alice Seed

Emma Elliott

Megan Sparkes

Simon Ellwood

Michael Parry-Thomas

Mollie Field

Louis Neale

Rhian Bolton

Zoe Steele

Daisy Tetlow-Wilton

Alex Argyros-Amerikanos

Zoe Porter

Imogen Alexander

Eve Gallagher

Melissa Pritchard

Mateusz Barszcz

Mikey Thomas

Nathan Taylor

Ella Fradgley

Anhar Ali

Charlotte Stoker

Weronika Trella

Gabriel Kidd

Hannah Sullivan

Saoirse Campbell-Mcalinden

Kyle Wynne

Rosie Benge

Arick Russell

Annabelle Roberts

Beth Brookfield-Winward

Hafsa Aziz

Alex Gardner

Amber Swinburne

Madeleine Johnson

Luke O'Reilly

Amy Underwood

Mason Lamont

Rudy Tomala

Imogen Ella Richards