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Art community come to opening night of UEL exhibition

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Art community come to opening night of UEL exhibition

Members of the art community across Europe descended on UEL’s Docklands campus to engage with an exhibition by 20 of the latest and best fine art doctoral students at UEL.

The exhibition, entitled “East London Artists”, gave doctoral students the chance to exhibit artistic works using paint, video, photography, sculpture, and print at the University’s AVA gallery suite.

Karen Raney, programme leader of the professional doctorate in fine art at UEL, explained that it was a chance for family, friends, and the wider art community to appreciate the pieces in a gallery setting.

The programme has a number of high achieving graduates, including a director of a national arts college in Pakistan, a professor of art at a South Korean university, a university programme leader in England, and several well-known artists exhibiting internationally.  

One of the students showcasing her work was Magdalena Papanikolopoulou, an artist and professor of graphic design, who has just completed her doctorate in fine art.

“It’s a great honour to get feedback from people in the art world here this evening, and who knows, perhaps it’ll lead to more opportunities to exhibit,” she said.

Mikey Georgeson, an artist and lecturer at UEL who has just completed his first year, said, “Exhibiting has definitely added something to my work, it’s like a turbo boost. It’s been a fun evening.”

Artist and doctoral student, Suzi Morris, also spoke of the exhibition in glowing terms, “There’s a tremendous atmosphere, I love it here. It’s a really loving and nurturing environment, and nice to have people read your work.”

High profile figures from the art scene and academia came to appreciate and cast an expert eye over the art on the opening evening.

Guests included curator of Espacio Gallery Ana Cockerill, owner of Studio 106 Art Gallery Dusanka Marsenic, art critic and writer Rose Hobart, and CEO and founder of FAD Magazine for Arts and Culture Mark Westall.

Notes to Editors

The University of East London (UEL) is a global learning community with students from over 120 countries world-wide. Our vision is to achieve recognition, both nationally and internationally, as a successful and inclusive regional university proud of its diversity, committed to new modes of learning which focus on students and enhance their employability, and renowned for our contribution to social, cultural and economic development, especially through our research and scholarship. We have a strong track-record in widening participation and working with industry.