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The start of summer heralds the end of another academic year, though it gratefully leaves us with Newcastle University’s 2015 Fine Art Degree Show. A condensed body of enormously varied work from fifty-seven of the country’s best graduate artists, the exhibition proves that Newcastle is a thriving hub of artistic talent.

Being consistently ranked one of the top five universities for fine art, Newcastle can confidently boast its status as an incubator of some of the country’s most talented young artists. For the young artists featured, the degree show represents the climax of four years hard graft. In this time the students have engaged with a whole host of different subjects, mastering new mediums and reworking their ideas, carefully constructing bold new statements and images.

The best thing about the exhibition is the huge variety of work on display. Every medium you could think of is present, thoroughly explored and deconstructed. Bizarre installations sit alongside richly textured photography, eerie and ethereal prints next to glitched-out video art, bright ceramics alongside subtle brushes of paint on canvas. Surely every visitor will find something to excite them here.

For many students, the degree show is a chance to really show the world what they’re all about. Alice Jones, an artist featured in the exhibition, says: “Having spent the last eight months thinking, planning, making and grafting, it will be exciting for us all to finally realise our ideas and for friends, family, and the public to see.”

We don’t know where the artists will go next or what they’ll find in the world outside. We only hope they’ll forge a bright new path into the unknown, perhaps even inspiring the next batch of students to study their craft at the university.

The exhibition runs from Friday 29th May to Friday 12th June in the Fine Art building at Newcastle University.

You can view some of the works in the exhibition in our gallery below:

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