Glass Tank exhibition celebrates first Student Art Collection at Brookes

Wednesday, 05 April 2017

Aki Poon

A new Glass Tank exhibition is celebrating recent artwork at Oxford Brookes University and launches the University’s first Oxford Brookes Student Art Collection.

The Collection includes outstanding pieces of art created by students for their Fine Art Degree Show 2016 and Architecture End of Year Show 2016. 

A total of 13 pieces of work (with some works comprising several pieces) by ten graduates have been acquired by the University and includes sculpture, paintings, installations, video, models, drawing and photography. The pieces will join works such as The Rain Pavilion and Annie Cattrell’s Resounding, as Oxford Brookes continues to grow its public art portfolio. 

The collection not only reflects how proud we are of the outstanding creativity and talent of our graduates but also provides a vibrant backdrop of student achievements which enhances the University environment for students, staff and visitors.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Paul Inman, Dean of the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

Dean of the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment, Pro Vice-Chancellor Paul Inman said: “This is the first Art Collection at Oxford Brookes and we are delighted that student work will form the basis of the collection. 

“The collection not only reflects how proud we are of the outstanding creativity and talent of our graduates but also provides a vibrant backdrop of student achievements which enhances the University environment for students, staff and visitors. 

“As the collection develops over time, each of our campuses will grow as places of cultural interest.”

Dovile Ciapaite ElevationVisitors to the Glass Tank exhibition will find a trail map which will allow them to tour the Headington Campus to view some of the Public Art Collection pieces that are currently on display. Artworks will continue to be added to each of the University’s campuses over time. 

Back in the gallery, story boards of the production processes behind the existing art installations can be found. Annie Cattrell’s Resounding and The Rain Pavilion are two of the Campus’s most iconic pieces of art, while Trees and microscopes is a series of biological cell imagery and pattern cleverly integrated into the structure of the John Henry Brookes Building. 

The exhibition also takes the opportunity to introduce artist and Oxford Brookes alumni Saad Qureshi who has recently been selected to make a permanent new work for the Central Courtyard at the Headington Campus. Saad’s first major public commission will be unveiled in London on Wednesday (6 April). 

Charmagne Coble TraceThe Glass Tank exhibition will run until Friday 5 May and is free to visit. The Glass Tank is a unique exhibition space located on the ground floor of the Abercrombie building on the Headington Campus. 

More information about the Public Art Collection can be found on the Oxford Brookes University website at www.brookes.ac.uk/public-art.