Leeds Beckett University exhibition launch

Leeds Beckett’s final year students are set to reveal a diverse photography exhibition, hosted in a stunning 18th century mansion in the heart of Headingley.

Named ‘Collection Seventeen’, the exhibition will display 17 BSc (Hons) Photographic Journalism students work, in various rooms within the beautiful mansion. The exhibition launch will take place on Friday 13 May from 7pm, allowing visitors to explore the creative works for a week.

Third year student Lucy Gray who has helped to organise the exhibition explains, “The exhibition is an opportunity to showcase our key interests and skills that we have gained over the three years at Leeds Beckett. The chosen space at Hilton Court is the ideal venue to display our diverse array of work from all different angles and purposes in assorted rooms. The photos that I will be exhibiting surround the issue of endangered species and the future of our ecosystems. Titled ‘Endangered Echoes’, the showcase aims to portray the concern that species on the brink of extinction affect us all more than we realise. ProtecLucy gray 2ting endangered species and their habitats is crucial for our health and the future of our children which is why I am emphasising the appreciation for wildlife through detailed head shots depicting emotion and beauty.”

Fellow student Emma Proctor adds “Having an exhibition module as part of our final year gave us the fantastic opportunity to utilise all the various photography skills we have acquired over the past three years and put them into action. The photographs I am exhibiting capture the serenity that blankets the metropolitan cities of New York, London and Paris. Emma Proctor 1Within each of these vivacious locations, millions of citizens have endured tremendous tragedy as terror attacks have ripped through the cities and claimed a multitude of lives. In order to evoke an array of emotions and senses, I have designed a stimulating experience through the use of audio, text and images, which will transport the public back in time to those griping events.’‘

Sarah Cooper, the course leader of BSc (Hons) Photographic Journalist at Leeds Beckett stated, “The students have shown themselves to be highly creative individuals. Over the last three years they have produced work of an exceptional standard – it’s going to be great to see some of it showcased during one event in such a wonderful space.”

Chris Walton, owner of the newly opened Hilton Court set to host the exhibition, said “Not only will Collection Seventeen be the perfect first exhibit for the fresh canvas that is Hilton Court but as a former student of this course at Leeds Beckett, I am familiar of the quality of the work involved. I’m looking forward to seeing it on our walls and following their work in the future.”

Third year student Barney Curran is exhibiting a series of images depicting those who work night shifts. As he explained, “ I am intrigued to meet and document those who are keeping our country running while the rest of us sleep. Barney Curran 2-2With growing numbers of businesses now running 24-hour services the numbers of night shift work is on the rise and 9-5 is becoming less of the norm. Over three million people work night shifts across the UK and I am excited to exhibit my images showing the faces that keep our country running through the early hours.”

Selma Kesedžić, fellow third year student added, “After three years of hard work, we are incredibly glad to have the opportunity to exhibit our work in such a magnificent venue. The mansion oozes character and as a group we feel it was the ideal venue to host our exhibition!”Selma Kesedzic 2

Collection Seventeen is on show at Hilton Court, 2 North Hill Road, Headingley, Leeds, LS6 2EN, from Friday 13 May to Friday 20 May.

For more information and the latest news, access the ‘Collection Seventeen’ Facebook page or Instagram account @collectionseventeen.

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