“Year 2 students travelled to London as part of a 3 day visit, in collaboration with Falmouth University. The trip exposed students to the London art and photography scene and gave them a chance to network with established photographers, institutions as well as year 2 photography students from Falmouth University.
Only a train journey away, the London art scene is something that Coventry students can utilise during their degree; to see exhibitions and listen to artist talks.
During the trip, our visits included Chloe Dewe Matthews (Congregation), Tom Hunter (‘The Ghetto’, Street), Ray Massey (Camden Park Studios), Lucy Levene at Photofusion (The Spaghetti Tree), Black Cultural Archives, Self Publish Be Happy, LAW magazine (Coate Studios), Free Range Exhibition, Institute of Contemporary Arts and Fresh Faced Wild Eyed exhibition (Photographers Gallery).
The range of visits gave an insight into the realities of a photographic career. Having to think about life after university is a daunting prospect, but by being able to see and listen to industry professionals discuss making a living in such a contested industry has been invaluable to all on the trip.
Furthermore, the students were able to see third year students from all over the country exhibit at the Free Range exhibition at the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane. Seeing the vision and results of hard work of hundreds of students gave the second year students valuable first hand experience of the possibilities and potential for work in their third year of study.
Overall, despite our tired legs, we were able to come out the other end energised and inspired for the final year.
Many thanks to Lecturers Anthony Luvera and Emma Lambert for organising the trip, as well as Michelle Sank and the team from Falmouth University – and to the contributors for being so generous with their time.”
Jonny Bark, Year 2 student.