The boundaries of art pushed back by Derby students

Second-year fine art students from the University of Derby will showcase their work as part of a new contemporary art exhibition, taking place at Derby Riverlights this week. The exhibition, titled Prelude, will feature art ranging from live performances and sculptures to paintings and projections.

The art, which aims to explore artists’ perceptions and their interactions with the world, will be on display until Saturday, May 21, 2022.

Caroline Locke, Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Art at the University of Derby, said: “By bringing students directly into the city center and exhibiting at Riverlights, we hope to reach a wide audience. This is an experience that students will really enjoy as they learn what it takes to put on a professional show.

“Riverlights is a bright, big, empty space that works extremely well for our students. With an industrial vibe, high ceilings, and exposed walls, it’s an awesome space for an awesome show. It’s the perfect opportunity to to introduce young artists to the processes involved in setting up an ambitious exhibition of their work off-campus.

The Holiday Inn, owner of the exhibition space, also takes full ownership of the project, supporting students and visitors to the show. Carla Cole, Managing Director, said, “We are thrilled to have the Year 2 Art Exhibition returning to Riverlights and look forward to welcoming all students and visitors.

“It’s fantastic to have such a progressive and interesting project on our hotel’s doorstep. The university is an integral part of the wider Derby community and we are always keen for the hotel to encourage and embrace projects like this one and supports young talents as much as possible.

Dates and opening hours of the exhibition:

May 18 and 19 (12 p.m. – 6 p.m.)

May 20 (2 p.m. – 8 p.m.)

May 21 (10 a.m. – 8 p.m.)

See our photo gallery below for a look inside the exhibit.

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