Gallery opens for 2018/19 with artist’s first solo exhibition

PRISM Gallery Dan Edwards

PRISM Contemporary, the University Centre at Blackburn College’s Art Gallery on Lord Street, kicked off their exhibitions for 2018/19 with an opening exhibition from artist Dan Edwards.

Dan Edwards is an artist, writer, curator and picture framer from Manchester. His exhibition at PRISM Contemporary is entitled “is this enough?”

“is this enough?” represents Edwards first solo exhibition and collects a series of works that have been produced over the past two years. 

Having studied at Chelsea College of Art, Edwards has spent the last 20 years working within the London Art World, first, as an assistant to the artist and filmmaker Sam Taylor-Johnson, then as a picture framer and fabricator with Darbyshire, London.

Working in collaboration with a wide range of high profile artists and galleries, his professional interest in the preservation, presentation and perception of contemporary artworks have fed into the concerns of his own artistic practice.

Last academic year the former vintage clothing shop was transformed into a new Art Gallery by dedicated Blackburn College staff and students on the BA (Hons) Fine Art degree.

The gallery, called PRISM Contemporary, is designed to provide a contemporary academic space and is the brain-child of BA (Hons) Fine Art course tutor, Steven Baldwin.

Designed to inspire, excite and encourage people from across the Borough to become involved in the arts, the gallery has seen the empty building converted into a space that will welcome prominent artists as well as student exhibitions.

Steven Baldwin said: “We wanted to create a contemporary academic space in the town-centre that can welcome prominent artists and art graduates but also provide a real-life gallery experience for our BA (Hons) Fine Art students at the University Centre.

 “This type of activity helps provide valuable experience for our students’ CVs, professional practice and means they’re able to understand the workings of a real-life gallery space.”

John Harrison, Head of School of Art and Society at the University Centre at Blackburn College said:

“Prism Contemporary is a gallery initiative which promotes the student experience, develops employability skills and enhances Blackburn College’s reputation as one which supports research and scholarship in the Creative Arts.

“Since its launch, PRISM Contemporary has impacted positively on Blackburn’s creative arts scene, enabling live-learning projects for students, developmental opportunities for staff and providing a platform for international artists to exhibit their art and share their ideas with our communities.”

18 Oct 2018, 13:45 PM

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