Art student Isla Millar is enjoying a month-long showcase at a leading art gallery in the north of England.
Isla, who is about to start the second year of a part-time BA Hons in Creative Art and Design Practice at Banbury and Bicester College, is displaying and selling her work at Cupola Contemporary Art in Sheffield.
Her exhibition, entitled ‘Where am I?’ explores the progression from the physical to the cognitive. It comprises a series of scorched and burnt paper and porcelain houses, broken glass, slate, heat treated copper and wire. Paper, thread and projections are used to cast shadows in a darkened space to create an immersive experience for visitors.
Isla said: “We orientate ourselves through familiarity with spaces, recognition of landmarks, boundaries and memories of events. Inspired by moving home, this exhibition explores how changes to our physical surroundings disrupts our sense of place and how our mind creates cognitive maps to allow us to navigate our environment and know where we are.”
Work for sale includes collages, relief sculpture, artists’ books, paper houses and drawings priced between £15 and £100. The exhibition runs at the Long Gallery until 19 September and is part of a series of installations by current art students.
Cupola director Karen Sherwood, said: “Isla’s exhibition is the third and final exhibition of work by current art students. I have enjoyed showcasing such a diverse range of talent from emerging artists. As the experience has proved so popular and rewarding for the students involved it is something Cupola will now consider hosting annually.”
Isla completed the Creative Art and Design Practice Foundation Degree at Banbury and Bicester College before embarking on the part-time BA Hons. Both courses are delivered in partnership with Oxford Brookes University and run from the college’s specialist creative arts centre at the Banbury campus. Find out more about these programmes here.