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International students showcase work at final major project exhibition

Our international students are exhibiting everything from three-dimensional art that explores negative space to textiles inspired by the beach, at the Final Major Project Exhibition of the International Foundation in Art, Design and Media.

Twenty-two students from countries including China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Russia, India and Nigeria, are showcasing work they have created throughout the course, from today (Thursday 6 April) at our Farnham campus.

Student Nadhirah Zahrah Mizan, who is originally from Kuala Terengganu in Malaysia, created textiles to represent the beach, something she really misses from her island home. “I have designed these textile pieces to suit a beach house,” she says.  “I focus mostly on organic things such as the calm reflections of water, the Malaysian summer and the beauty of the underwater world.

“The presentation of my work is as important as the final pieces as I added a little sand area underneath each piece with sea shells, starfish and sea breeze scented diffuser to capture the essence of the ocean.”

Originally from Japan, student Yume Tanaka has been experimenting with jewellery for her final piece. “I enjoyed breaking with various traditions and the possibilities for developing and exhibiting jewellery as a group and not just individual pieces,” she explains. “I have used transparent acrylic in my art works because transparent material exists as not only positive space but also negative space, by reflecting the immediate landscape and melting into space like air.”

The International Foundation in Art, Design and Media prepares international students for an undergraduate degree in the UK, while celebrating their individual cultures and equipping them with the practical skills needed to pursue a creative subject at an advanced level.  

Outlining how the course has helped her develop and improve in her creative practice, Yume says: “This course has helped me to develop and implement my ideas. This is shown in my project as I was confident to experiment and repeat and refine my technique throughout the project. I am able to understand if something is not working well and to find out the cause of the failure, and change it.”

“I had the opportunity to work with new people with different creative art backgrounds,” Nadhirah adds. “I feel that my confidence has progressed greatly, in terms of understanding art and creating art.”

The exhibition will run until Friday 7 April. Find out more about the International Foundation in Art, Design and Media at UCA, here.