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University's art school opens its door to the community for Final Degree Show

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Wrexham Glyndwr University’s art school is inviting the public to the launch of its Final Degree Show on Friday.

The show, Breaking the Mould, held at the North Wales School of Art and Design on Regent Street, Wrexham, will feature work from the Art and Design graduates.

The event will officially be opened on Friday, May 20 at 6pm by the new head of School of Creative Arts, Alec Shepley.

It will be open to the public, for free, on weekdays from 10am-4pm until Friday, June 3.

Professor Shepley said: “The theme of the show, Breaking the Mould, is about pushing the boundaries and not conforming to the ‘norm’.

“The show is a culmination of work our students have been working on and it’s the first formal showing for them.

“I’m delighted to be opening the doors of the art school and I’m looking forward to welcoming everyone in.

“The invitation is to the whole region to view brilliant work that’s being produced here in Wrexham at the university.

“This event is a springboard for our students to the world of work and I’m very confident that with the experience our students have gained with us that they’re ready for employment.”

The student’s pieces, including paintings, animations, installations, photography and game art, will be on display for the public to view from Friday.

This year’s Final Degree Show theme, Breaking the Mould is about doing something differently.

Professor Shepley added: “Every student has tried something new, has gone that extra mile, has pushed beyond the familiar and comfortable and entered the unknown and experienced that uncomfortable realm of the unfamiliar.

“To do so is to break with the norm, to break the mould and that requires willpower – especially important in the creative arts, where so much emphasis is placed on self-starting, self-initiative, self-criticality and creativity.

“These are all essential ingredients in the modern workplace - indeed one of the central purposes of our educational programmes is to produce what is called the independent learner.”

For more information about the show contact Natalie Edwards on 01978 293134 or email infoartschool@glyndwr.ac.uk

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