Fine Art students publish postcards in place of their Degree Show
Oxford’s recent Fine Art graduates have worked together on ‘CANCELLED’, a set of 60 postcards made in lockdown, after their usual end of year exhibition plans were halted by the impact of COVID-19. Traditionally, each exhibiting artist at the Degree Show has a postcard of their work.
Contributors include Queen’s students Sophia Wee Blázquez, Josi McGuffin and Olivia Allen. Josi was awarded this year’s Gibbs Prize in Fine Art, given by the examiners for the best overall result achieved across all aspects of the Final Honours School in Fine Art – studio portfolio, exam paper on History and Theory of Visual Culture and extended essay. In addition, Josi won the Kevin Slingsby Prize for Funnel Vision (with Sophia also making the shortlist), which is open to all undergraduates at the Ruskin School of Art for work in any media.
Pictured here is ‘Wings’, one of the paintings that features on Sophia’s postcard. ‘CANCELLED is a publication centred around collaboration and community,’ Sophia explained. ‘With the postponement of the Ruskin Degree Show 2020, we have worked together to establish a new dialogue, seeking to form and reform connections between art, people and place.’
Some of the postcards have also been designed by Visiting Tutors at the Ruskin School of Art. ‘CANCELLED’ is available to buy for £7 (+P&P), with 100% of the cost price going to support The Art Nest, an Oxford-based charity offering support to vulnerable children and young people through creative sessions. ‘CANCELLED’ contains 60 different postcards – a design that the contributors hope will encourage sharing, communication, and re-shuffling. Some of them are double-sided, others are single – inviting them to be used as actual postcards outside of the box.