Artists get together for UCLan exhibition

UCLan Hanover in the city exhibition:  L-R Victoria Lucas, Karin Bergstr�m, Jonn Herschend, Leanne Cunningham, Magda Stawarska-Beavan, Heidi Hove and Silvia Champion
UCLan Hanover in the city exhibition: L-R Victoria Lucas, Karin Bergstr�m, Jonn Herschend, Leanne Cunningham, Magda Stawarska-Beavan, Heidi Hove and Silvia Champion
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Scores of artists from around the world have brought their creativity to Preston as part of an exhibition reflecting the cultural, social and political landscapes of where they live and work.

The exhibition, part of the UCLan Hanover Project series, showcased photographs taken by 62 artists from Austria, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Sweden, the UK and the USA.

San Francisco artist Jonn Herschend contributed to the exhibition with his image Alcatraz to Scale (2014), depicting a model which sits inside Alcatraz itself.

He said: “I feel like I’ve captured a Russian doll, a world within a world. Alcatraz is an iconic landmark in my home town and I took my family for the day to see it through fresh eyes as a tourist.

“I wanted to reflect its troubled past as prison and its current state as a popular tourist attraction.”

Fellow artist and exhibition contributor Heidi Hove from Denmark has included a black and white photograph taken from a collection she compiled during a trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

She said: “I have captured an image showing where local people have taken pavement repair into their own hands and at the same time covered the new concrete in footprints.

I like the idea that they have made a permanent mark and left a personal trace on an ever changing landscape.”

UCLan Fine Art lecturer Victoria Lucas, as both researcher and gallery co-ordinator, devised and initiated the project.