'I AM' Student Open Exhibition
26th April - 10th May 2018 Art Exchange
“I am… is a chance for University of Essex students to express their creativity.
Whether it’s painting, printing, scribbling, sculpting, sketching, snapping, filming or stitching – we have room for it at Art Exchange.
To show how much we love our students’ creations, we’re offering prizes:
1st Prize – £100
2nd Prize – £75
3rd Prize – £50
Come with friends and enjoy our Launch Party on Thurs 26 April, 5.30 – 7.30pm.
Then come back for our Prize Giving event on Thursday 10 May, 5.30 – 7.30pm.
The exhibition is curated by Nur Aniqah Binte Sumadi, a 3rd year undergraduate from the School of Philosophy and Art History.”
I entered my ‘Girl with the Play-Doh Earring’ piece into the I AM Student open exhibition at Art Exchange. Around the time of submitting artwork, I was extremely busy with work and teaching, not to mention uni work. I couldn't make it up to the University myself, so I asked a friend if they could take up the work for me. I made sure that I had safely wrapped the sculpture in bubble wrap and left a note saying my name and contact information. That's all it takes to apply for this exhibition. Upon speculation, I didn’t know there was a theme for this particular exhibition. I hadn’t read the details properly, as I only really heard about it in a brief conversation. So, my choice in entry was definitely the wrong one as it does not even slightly relate to the theme ‘I AM’. I wasn’t able to attend the launch party for the event but through social media I was lucky to find a couple of images taken of my work. It was the first time that I had seen my playdoh sculpture displayed in an professional environment and to be honest, I never thought it would reach outside the studio walls. It was just a summer project but turned into something more. However, there is one thing I have learnt from this submission, is to make sure you always check the requirements and brief (if there is one), before applying otherwise it can sometimes be a waste of time for both yourself and the curators.