This semester we are pleased to announce that Steph Shipley, artist and graduate from our BA(Hons) Fine Arts programme, will be returning to the university to give an artist talk. This will be a unique opportunity for students to gain greater insight and understanding of a recent alumni’s creative and professional development.
Steph graduated with a First Class BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 2015 receiving the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for outstanding work and the NADFAS 2015 Fine Art Award. Whilst still an undergraduate her artwork was selected for the prestigious international Mostyn 19 Open (2015).
Steph’s artistic concerns lie with those public and private spaces where a state of transition or separation exists. These ideas are often mediated through analogue photography, projection and printmaking.
Since graduating Steph has participated in numerous exhibitions and successfully undertaken residencies and public art commissions. Last year her artwork featured with fellow alumni artists in the group exhibition The Best of Bolton Fine Art at Castle Park Forum in Paderborn, Germany.
This year Steph was shortlisted for the GM Arts Prize 2017 and showed her work in The Greater Manchester Emerging Contemporary Arts Prize Summer Exhibition. She is one of the eight neo:artists to participate in the Corduroy exchange project with studio 44 in Stockholm in November and will be undertaking yet another residency in new project art space supported by Castlefield Gallery’s New Art Spaces, in creative partnership with neo:artists.
Steph is currently doing an MA in Fine Art Site & Archive Interventions at University of Central Lancashire.