The university summer exhibition at Lakeside Arts is a great collection with broad appeal.
The exhibition takes place in the Djanogly gallery and is free to view.
It showcases the best work produced by students, staff and alumni of the university over the year. There is a wide range of art, which means it can be easily appreciated by most people, and is approachable. All of the work was excellent quality and presented beautifully. The gallery was a nice location, and the space was pleasant.
There are many styles of work, which means there is something for everybody to enjoy in this exhibition- photography, textiles, painting, 3D installations. A few pieces stood out to me as particularly interesting, such as no. 25- a textile piece by Karen Attwood that depicts Nottingham's lace market in different fabrics and has stunning, intricate stitchwork over top. Another being a map of Dunkirk flyover pinpricked into white paper (No. 98, Demi Overton) and a photograph with a light installed behind it to make the neon lights in the image glow (No. 114, Nicole Porter). My personal favourite pieces in the entire exhibition were 115 and 116 by Terrence Bennett. The two pieces look to be layers of glass placed over eachother with different coloured splashes of paint on each, which when put together look almost like brightly coloured inkblot tests. The colours and shapes really stood out to me and were visually fascinating.
The only improvement I would have enjoyed at this exhibition, would be some further information about each piece. Whether it be on the walls or an a separate handout that viewers can choose to pick up, I thought that it would have been useful to have a small amount of information/input from the artist to accompany each piece, in order to appreciate the work to it's fullest.
It doesn't take a long time to get around, which is a positive, considering there is no overall theme. It means you can focus on each piece individually without feeling overwhelmed by quantity.
Overall I would rate this exhibition a 7/10, as it was small, simple and pleasant. It left me feeling satisfied and inspired.