Students from Bath Spa University have been working with Oxford Castle’s O3 Gallery to produce an exhibition of contemporary art. The exhibition entitled A Fleeting Voyage: Observing Porthleven presents the work of five art students who each were awarded a fully-funded artist residency at the Old Lifeboat House art studio in Porthleven, Cornwall, which they undertook in May 2015 as part of the Bath Spa Porthleven Prize.
The Bath Spa Porthleven Prize, now in its third year, is an opportunity for Bath Spa students to take part in a fully-funded ten day residency based in the Cornish Studio, with travel, accommodation and other expenses included. Whilst there, the students work together to produce a body of work in any discipline they choose; including film, sound, sculpture, and visual art - portraying Cornwall as people have never seen it before.
This exhibition showcases a fine example of what exciting results can be created through interdisciplinary collaborative practice. Although all from arts backgrounds, each student introduces their own diverse working processes and media to the group.
“I would wholeheartedly recommend taking part in residencies. It can challenge you but ultimately deepen your approach and understanding of your practise. It can push you to make work that will change you and perhaps others too.” - Andrea Wright, Bath Spa student and prize winner 2015.
Since completing the residency, the five students have been working hard to produce a body of new work to be exhibited at the O3 Gallery and then at the University’s Bath School of Art and Design. Referencing their short or ‘fleeting’ voyage to the historic fishing port and their role as ‘observer’ in Porthleven during their 10 day stay, the participating students have skilfully woven together all aspects of their Cornish experience to produce a contemporary creative vision of this special location.
This year’s Bath Spa Porthleven Prize winners are: