Last month 19-year-old Carmen Kirkby, from Plymouth, and 21-year-old Anaya Harrup, from Surrey, both of whom recently graduated with Foundation Diplomas in Art and Design from Plymouth College of Art, were selected out of hundreds of international young artists to exhibit at one of the world’s leading art institutions, Tate Modern, in London.
To celebrate the unveiling of their new building, the Tate Modern hosted a three day celebration to showcase the very best of Tate.
After answering a callout for emerging artists’ work exploring the future of art and creativity, Harrup and Kirkby were both selected to show artwork in the Turbine Hall gallery, famous for hosting international modern and contemporary work by artists such as Damien Hirst.
Tate Modern also partnered with clothing company Uniqlo to showcase the work of young artists in both the Tate Modern and across London Uniqlo stores.
Speaking of her selection for Tate Modern, Anaya Harrup said: “For young people to have work alongside old and famous artists, blurring the lines of what defines an artist is so inspiring for the next generation.
“The opening weekend started in the Turbine Hall with DJs and projectors showcasing young artists’ work. The new building blends with the old, and for the first time ever performance and digital art is a large part of the Tate Gallery. It was a privilege to be part of this new project and I really enjoyed completing my Foundation Diploma and all the opportunities that it gave me.”
Anaya exhibited garments created as part of her Foundation Diploma final major project at Plymouth College of Art, in response to the theme ‘Trauma’.
Her work, entitled ‘All that is solid melts into air’, was designed to meet the need for mental and physical protection in a post apocalyptic world, and was named as a reference to Marx’s idea of the expanding nature of capitalism and the negative implications that this has on people in vulnerable positions such as the current Syrian refugee crisis.
Speaking of her art, Carmen Kirkby said: “My work is an indirect response to moral standards and the existential. There is a balance between resentment and encouragement in regards to what our planet is becoming; the hangover of industrialisation and patriotism, and the stubborn force of tradition.
“In the first couple of weeks of the Foundation Diploma I felt uncomfortable about how much the course differed to A-level, before realising how beneficial autonomy is for my practice – it sounds cliché, but I can’t imagine the state my work would be in if I hadn’t done this course.”
Kirkby’s sculptural work investigates ideas such as modern growth and innovation and has represented the best in local emerging talent in Plymouth’s Young Contemporary Open this year. In her free time she volunteers at KARST, Plymouth’s largest independent, artist-led contemporary art venue.
The Foundation Diploma at Plymouth College of Art is an intensive, one-year programme with students learning through discovery, experimentation and exploration. With outstanding facilities and studio provision, the course excels in nurturing creativity and giving students the confidence to engage in exciting opportunities.
Life after Foundation Diploma looks bright for the two graduates. Carmen Kirkby will be studying BA (Hons) Fine Art at Central Saint Martins and Anaya Harrup studying BA (Hons) Fashion at Kingston University from September.
Anaya’s artwork has also been chosen for the prestigious ‘Origins’ UAL exhibition due to take place on 27 – 30 July 2016 at The Meiner Gallery, London showcasing the newest UK creative talent.
(top image: Anaya Harrup – All that is solid melts into air)
(from a press release)