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New Dimidium Art Exhibition to showcase student talent

Published: 06 January 2014

From painting and drawing to video and performance, the new ‘Dimidium’ art exhibition will showcase the diverse talents of Fine Art students at York St John University when it launches this week.

32 York St John University third year Fine Art students, in collaboration with the New Schoolhouse Gallery, will display their exciting work for their Dimidium exhibition between 8 January and 11 January 2014.

The exhibition is an open and free opportunity for the public in Yorkshire to discover the latest paintings, sculpture, print and film from the next generation of York’s artists. It is a culmination of the past two and a half years of work for the emerging artists who hope to make a big impact on York’s art community.

Robert Teed of New School House Gallery, said: “We are delighted to be working with York St John students on this exhibition. The work they have produced is fresh and vibrant, with a real maturity to it. This is one of the most engaging and diverse exhibitions in York at the moment.”

Natalie Clarke, a student whose work will feature in the exhibition, said: "This show is our first opportunity to exhibit as a collective. For me personally it's the fulfilment of a lifelong dream - I grew up in York and it's humbling to think of my work being on public display in the city."

Fiona Thompson, the Dean of the Faculty of Arts commented: “This is the first public exhibition from the current third years at York St John University. The high standards of contemporary work being produced this year reflect the dedication, enthusiasm and creativity of both students and staff – this exhibition provides a brilliant opportunity to showcase the work being produced by York St John University Fine Arts students.”

“Dimidium marks the half-way point of our third years’ study and there is a lot of hard work that goes on behind the scenes to get to this point” adds Helen Turner, a Senior Lecturer at the University.

Previous collaborations between the New School House Gallery and York St John include 'The Stall of Gathered Economies', a much admired project directed by the renowned artist John Newling, and 'Project:26', another student-curated exhibition run at the beginning of 2013. A number of students have also been involved in a range of well-known York exhibitions including Illuminating York, John Newling Market of Ideas, Gnome and the Drawing on The Walls York Art Gallery Event.

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