Students’ portrait of the North

editorial image

The 1830 Gallery at The Artworks in Halifax has announced a new exhibition ‘Northern Portrait’, a collaborative project with students from the School of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Huddersfield.

The exhibition questions and celebrates what it means to be ‘Northern’, and in response to this broad ‘identity’ theme students explore arts practice in the North from a variety of perspectives.

‘Northern Portrait’ originated from a unique opportunity for second year students, about to embark on their placement year in industry, to work with other disciplines and celebrate a ‘northern identity’.

Graphic design, animation, illustration and contemporary art students have independently organised and curated their own exhibition of interpretive works to create an industry-facing showcase. The Artworks has opened its doors to these enthusiastic and passionate university students, allowing them to explore innovative experimental ideas to create this visually exciting exhibition.

A truly community based organisation, The Artworks began as a small arts school at Shaw Lane, open to all ages, skills and abilities. The 1830 Gallery is a multi- purpose exhibition space and supportive resource for artists and emerging curators. Since opening in 2013 it has exhibited professional artists such as Ralph Steadman and Russell Mills, as well as providing a platform for emerging and newly established artists.

The School of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Huddersfield is entrepreneurial and awardwinning, with a passion for creativity. Its ideas-led approach to creative risk, exploration and collaboration encourages innovative and creative work. The school offers students the opportunity to study in an inspiring cross-disciplinary environment through a programme that is enriched through strong industrial relationships, with staff and students winning national and international awards.

For details of the exhibition go to www.theartworks.org.uk