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

Beth Brookfield-Winward

Amy Underwood

Eve Gallagher

Kyle Wynne

Gabriel Kidd

Tia Maria Taylor Berry

Saoirse Campbell-Mcalinden

Arick Russell

Clara Glyn

Alexandra Constantinou

Madeleine Johnson

Daisy Tetlow-Wilton

Mateusz Barszcz

Mason Lamont

Sophie Smorczewski

Rhian Bolton

Megan Sparkes

Alex Argyros-Amerikanos

Alice Seed

Imogen Ella Richards

Jessica Dartnall

Zoe Porter

Aaron Warris

Ella Rudden-Power

Imogen Alexander

Cynan-Juniper Orton

Nathan Taylor

Amber Swinburne

Michael Parry-Thomas

Annabelle Roberts

Mikey Thomas

Alex Gardner

Louis Neale

Emma Elliott

Hafsa Aziz

Rudy Tomala

Frederick Sanders

Ella Fradgley

Weronika Trella

Anhar Ali

Megan Evans

Callum Allman

Simon Ellwood

Mollie Field

Melissa Pritchard

Luke O'Reilly

Rosie Benge

Hannah Sullivan

Holly Main

Zoe Steele

Charlotte Stoker