Students from Leeds Beckett University are set to reveal a diverse photography exhibition as part of their end of degree show.
Hosted at Hilton Court, Headingley, ‘Collection Seventeen’ will showcase work by 17, BSc (Hons) Photographic Journalism students. The event will take place from Friday 13 May to Friday 20 May. More information can be found on Facebook at http://bit.ly/1SxxuUC or on Instagram at @collectionseventeen.
Third year student Lucy Gray, one of the event organisers, explained: “The exhibition is an opportunity to showcase our key interests and the skills that we have gained over the three years at Leeds Beckett. The chosen space at Hilton Court is the ideal venue to display our diverse array of work from all different angles and purposes in assorted rooms.
“The photos that I will be exhibiting surround the issue of endangered species and the future of our ecosystems. Entitled ‘Endangered Echoes’, my work aims to portray the concern that species on the brink of extinction affects us all more than we realise. Protecting endangered species and their habitats is crucial for our health and the future of our children, which is why I am emphasising the appreciation for wildlife through detailed head shots depicting emotion and beauty.”
Fellow student Emma Proctor added: “Having an exhibition module as part of our final year gave us a fantastic opportunity to utilise all the various photography skills we have acquired over the past three years and put them into action.
“The photographs I am exhibiting capture the serenity that blankets the metropolitan cities of New York, London and Paris. Within each of these vivacious locations, millions of citizens have endured tremendous tragedy as terror attacks have ripped through the cities and claimed a multitude of lives. In order to evoke an array of emotions and senses, I have designed a stimulating experience through the use of audio, text and images which will transport the public back in time to those griping events.’‘
Sarah Cooper, Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in Computing, Creative Technologies and Engineering said: “The students have shown themselves to be highly creative individuals. Over the last three years they have produced work of an exceptional standard. It’s going to be great to see some of it showcased during one event in such a wonderful space.”
Newly opened in 2016, Hilton Court is an 18th century mansion situated off North Hill Road in Headingley. Chris Walton, owner, said: “Not only will ‘Collection Seventeen’ be the perfect first exhibit for the fresh canvas that is Hilton Court, but as a former student of this course at Leeds Beckett, I am looking forward to seeing it on our walls and following their work in the future. The work is always produced to an incredible standard.”
Exhibiting a series of images depicting people who work night shifts, student Barney Curran said: “I am intrigued to meet and document those who are keeping our country running while the rest of us sleep. With growing numbers of businesses now running 24 hour services, the numbers on night-shift work is on the rise and nine-to-five is becoming less of the norm. Over three million people work night shifts across the UK and I am excited to exhibit my images showing the faces that keep our country running through the early hours.”
Selma Kesedžić, student, commented: “After three years of hard work, we are incredibly glad to have the opportunity to exhibit our work in such a magnificent venue. The mansion oozes character and as a group we felt it was the ideal venue to host our exhibition.”
Collection Seventeen is on show at Hilton Court, 2 North Hill Road, Headingley, Leeds, LS6 2EN from Friday 13 May to Friday 20 May.