Vortex ImagesVortex Exhibition

For over a month, the historic Beechams building transforms into one of St Helens’ largest art galleries. Celebrating the achievements and talents of final year students from a selection of University Centre St Helens creative arts degrees, including BA (Hons) Photography, BA (Hons) Graphic Design and BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting, Vortex, the annual end of year show, provides students with the opportunity to showcase their final pieces in a gallery setting to friends, family, visitors and local influencers. Providing students with a platform to exhibit, creations use a range of mediums from traditional paintings on oil to the latest design software.

Graduates from previous year’s have gone on to be photographers, artists and designers of note around the world, working in some of the world’s most fashionable cities, developing relationships formed whilst studying at University Centre St Helens.

BA2 Student Artwork

BA2 Exhibition

Requiring careful planning and advertising, the creation of an invite and catalogue, as well as key decisions on how to hang work and demonstrate professional practice, BA2 allows students to demonstrate key elements of being a professional, contemporary artist.Each year, second year students on the BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting degree are provided with an opportunity to show their pieces in a live exhibition. Students acquire the skills and attitudes required for professional presentation including selection, hanging and working to key deadlines. The exhibition provides invaluable professional practice with hands-on, real life experience that prepares students for life in industry. The event, usually taking place over a week-long period in the spring, allows students to exhibit their work in a public space and see first-hand how members of the public respond to their pieces.