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New shoots of photographic talent emerge at University College Falmouth exhibition

Seventy students on the BA (Hons) Photography course at University College Falmouth will be presenting an astonishing array of photographs to a packed house at Falmouth Arts Centre in March.

And judging by the inspirational quality of photographic images that will be on display this year, it looks as though the New Shoots 2006 exhibition will leave no industry critic or member of the public in the dark room, as to the creative talent of University College Falmouth's second year photography students.

Crowd pleasing work from local students will include those of Wai Chung from Truro who splices fashion images and graphics to produce the stuff of fairytales, Sally Crocker from Gunnislake who gets down and dirty with the world of risque fashion, as well as John Dufort from Wadebridge who captures the Cornish landscape in winter.

Other students from further afield include Mark Wallwork, whose genuinely spooky photographs are taken at night in local forests where hidden faces lurk and Phillip Bates from Blackburn, who has peered inside the world of local Falmouth B&B's.

The excitingly eclectic images on show are indicative of a course year which has rewarded the students with relative creative autonomy.

"On the first year of the course students are given a range of set briefs, but the work for this exhibition comes at a stage in their studies where they are developing their own style and interests," says BA (Hons) Photography senior lecturer, Tony Clancy. "This is why the range of work is so diverse, and it represents an interesting moment in their development as creative photographers."

And the students are more than aware of the career defining importance of this moment in their studies which broadens the critical exposure their work receives.

"The New Shoots exhibition has given us an invaluable understanding of the power of display and the importance of public and industry reaction allied to this," says student Pip Green. "Until now, our work has been viewed by our peers and course leaders. Exhibitions introduce our work to new crucial audiences."

This popular course is affiliated with the Association of Photographers and the National Union of Journalists and is recognised by the British Institute of Professional Photographers. Students consistently win major national awards such as the Observer Hodge and Jerwood Prize.

From 2007, along with the new degree courses in Marine and Natural History Photography and Press Photography, this course will enjoy new, custom-built facilities at Tremough.

New Shoots runs from 8 to 15 March and is open to the public from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday. Admission is free.

For further information please contact Jilly Easterby, public relations officer at University College Falmouth on 01326 211077, or email:

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the CUC, both Phase 1 and Phase 2 through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


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