Each year fellowships are awarded to selected graduating students from the BA (Hons) degree courses within the Wirral Met HE art school. The fellowships allow these graduates the opportunity to continue their art practice in the college studios with access to the art school and its facilities.
They provide help and support to students and staff, using their experience to encourage and mentor students, as they develop their work towards further post graduate study or other professional opportunities.
This year the exhibition features a collaborative project undertaken by the 2018 fellows Louis Jeck Prestidge and Jonathan Benson with WMC lecturer Michelle Rowley. Responding to her site-specific MA research project, set in the stalled Liverpool Innovation Park, Michelle commissioned the fellows to develop a collaborative film work.
This invitation provided a creative space for Louis and Jonny to reflect on a new set of ideas and determine how their own personal practices might engage with the themes Michelle was investigating. ‘Hunting Ground’, is the result of this collaborative experiment. Drawing together ideas concerning the re-imagining of place and assigning anthropological meaning, the empty ‘parkland’ reverts to a hunting ground where metaphorical hunting prompts open questions as to the purpose of the chase.