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Three Photography students exhibit work at leading contemporary art space New Art Exchange

Celeste Camilleri, Rasha Kotaiche and Leah Wareham were selected by the curatorial team to show their work in the central gallery

New Art Exchange. Image courtesy Visit Nottinghamshire
New Art Exchange. Image courtesy Visit Nottinghamshire

Three final year students from our BA (Hons) Photography course have recently exhibited their work at New Art Exchange (NAE), the UK’s largest arts centre dedicated to showcasing work by culturally diverse contemporary artists.

Each year NAE comes together with NTU to exhibit work by selected Photography students, endeavouring to support creative practitioners as they near graduation and enter the wider professional arts arena.

All students in their final year of our Photography course were invited to submit work to be considered. This year, Celeste Camilleri, Rasha Kotaiche and Leah Wareham were selected to exhibit at the venue in Hyson Green.

Celeste Camilleri, BA (Hons) Photography, 2018.
From 'Glass Ceilings' by Celeste Camilleri

The works presented by the three students in the exhibition, which ran from May to June this year, were ambitious and diverse.

Celeste Camilleri's work 'Glass Ceilings', a series of intense abstracted images of plants growing to fill vast Victorian greenhouses, explored themes of colonialism and empire.

'More Than You Know' by Rasha Kotaiche presented the artist's perception of her place in the world, through a collection of images taken in Lebanon and Kuwait.

Leah Wareham's work 'Saggar Maker's Bottom Knocker' celebrated the world-renowned heartland of the British pottery industry, Stoke-on-Trent.

Rasha Kotaiche, BA (Hons) Photography, 2018.
From 'More Than You Know' by Rasha Kotaiche

On the experience, Leah commented: “I was delighted when I found out I had been chosen! Exhibiting at NAE has been a fantastic opportunity to showcase my work outside of the degree show.”

Bethan Davies, Producer of NAE’s Creative Programme, told us: “Working with students from NTU is always a great way to connect our audiences at NAE with the new ideas and talent that will shape the future of the creative industries. Exhibiting NTU undergraduate Photography students’ work is an exciting moment to explore the ideas born right here in Nottingham and each year we look forward to working with the students to discuss and curate their work.”

Leah Wareham, BA (Hons) Photography, 2018.
From 'Saggar Maker's Bottom Knocker' by Leah Wareham

She continued: “For the students themselves, they are given the opportunity to exhibit in an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, a space that regularly works with internationally renowned artists. They also gain experience of working with an experienced curatorial and technical team.”

Photography course leader Max Kandhola added: “This partnership was established to invite NAE to support the photography course and our students’ progression. It gives us great profile, and is a great opportunity for the students to exhibit within a professional gallery environment.”

Published on 24 July 2018
  • Category: School of Art & Design