I found the exhibition, which ran from the 2nd till the 8th of November, thanks to the small dots placed around the Bower Ashton campus. Following them lead me to the space, F-block 1st floor corridor, a nice play on the title of the show ‘Line Presents…DOT DOT DOT’.

The exhibition featured a selection of work by the artist collective ‘Line’, who comprise six level 2 Drawing & Applied Arts students, Emma Bowles, Bridie Dunbabin, Claudia D’Arezzo, Ella Paine, Lydia Staniland and Mehnaz Zaman. The work was created in an array of styles and techniques exploring the use of drawing and the various forms it can take, each artist having their own way of working.

Displaying the work in a corridor, instead of a studio, was refreshing and allowed for a more relaxed viewing of the work on display. It also made the work accessible to anyone passing through the space that may not normally take the time.

The work itself was very different however and it was all pulled together by the ‘Dot Dot Dot’ theme as each piece of work had three ‘dots’ on the floor beneath it.

From the work on display, my favorite was Claudia D’Arezzos Traditional Mandala inspired pieces. Greeting me as I entered the space, her work, digital prints on board featuring vivid colours and odd imagery, is reminiscent of vintage wallpaper and the two pieces on display were well made and quite beautiful.

The exhibition also feature altered book works from Ella Paine, a series of paintings from Bridie Dunbabin, based on the relationship between people and nature, collage work from Lydia Staniland, focusing on creating a sense of nostalgia through recognisable English images, three etching prints made by Emma Bowles, that depicted the idea of creating a self portrait through personal belongings, and two paintings by Mehnaz Zaman, that portrayed the movement of time through an optical illusion.

Over all the exhibition was very professional and the selection of artwork fitted nicely into the space, leaving room for a comfortable viewing of some great pieces. A small but very well presented show by six aspiring artists.

If you’d like to see some of the work featured, you can via the following blogs…

http://bridridie.blogspot.com/

http://emma-bowles.blogspot.com/

http://lydiastaniland.blogspot.com/

By Rob Ali