Sunday, 4 March 2012

Curatorial Corner - 4th March 2012

Nine go mad at STEAM

The Nine HND students, with their course leader Greg
A new exhibition has just opened at STEAM.  'Nine' showcases the work of 9 Swindon College HND photography students who over the past year have been photographing the Museum and its collections.

The photographs are an array of abstract and unusual images that transform the Museum objects into a different form.  They show incredible detail that the average visitor to STEAM will not see, or experience.

The students have curated the exhibiton themselves; taking the photographs, printing and hanging the final prints.  The exhibition preview night on Thursday 23rd February was a huge success and has caused a lot of interest over the past week.  The exhibition is open for a month (ending on 22nd March 2012) and is free with a normal entry ticket to the Museum.

Some of the images on display

Anthony Porter and his photographs

STEAM has been working with Swindon College, School of Art since 2009 and hopes to carry this partnership on in the future.  Some of the students have already had their work featured in STEAM's guidebook and all are currently finalising images for an online published photographic book.  The work with the college has transformed some very traditional objects and archive material into modern pieces of art, bringing the history of the Great Western Railway into the 21st Century.

Lee Davis and his photographs

Joe Cowley talks through his images with a member of the public
Photo courtesy of Justin Shurmer -

Photo courtesy of Justin Shurmer -

Photo courtesy of Justin Shurmer -

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