Norwich exhibition gives a behind the scenes glimpse of artists in their studios

Andi Sapey: 170 Years of NUA. Pictured is Sir John Hurt, NUA chancellor.

Andi Sapey: 170 Years of NUA. Pictured is Sir John Hurt, NUA chancellor. - Credit: Andi Sapey

People can enjoy a behind the scenes glimpse of artists in their studios at a photography exhibition celebrating Norwich University of the Arts' 170th year.

Andi Sapey: 170 Years of NUA. Pictured is Karen Reilly, lead singer in The Neutrinos and NUA alumna.

Andi Sapey: 170 Years of NUA. Pictured is Karen Reilly, lead singer in The Neutrinos and NUA alumna. - Credit: Andi Sapey

Photographer Andi Sapey, an alumnus of NUA, has taken pictures of fellow artists connected to the university for the exhibition - called 170 Years of NUA - which is currently at Norwich Arts Centre.

The project was inspired by The Face of the Artist, an exhibition by acclaimed British photographer John Hedgecoe which featured portraits of influential artists, designers, musicians and writers.

All of the artists featured in Mr Sapey's exhibition have played a role in NUA's recent history, and over the past three months he has been travelling around the UK to photograph them in their studio spaces.

Portraits include NUA chancellor Sir John Hurt, designers Phil Carter and Phil Wong from design agency Carter Wong, artist Susan Gunn, curator Professor Lynda Morris and current members of the academic community including fine art course leader Carl Rowe and Dean of Media Professor Richard Sawdon-Smith.

Andi Sapey: 170 Years of NUA. Pictured is Tim Giles, NUA Librarian.

Andi Sapey: 170 Years of NUA. Pictured is Tim Giles, NUA Librarian. - Credit: Andi Sapey


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Mr Sapey said: 'Each photograph tells its own story and different sitters reacted to the camera in different ways. The environment in which each artist works was very influential in the photos. Some people worked from home, others had studios in outbuildings, garden sheds and even an old milking shed on their parents' farm. It has been a real privilege to be able to visit the artists' spaces and to spend time with them in what are their personal and creative environments. I am delighted with the end results.'

The final portrait was selected from a selfie competition which was won by fine art graduate Andrew Reeve who took a selfie in his studio at home.

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The exhibition is part of NUA's 170th anniversary events programme which is running throughout 2015. Visit www.nua.ac.uk/n170

The exhibition Andi Sapey: 170 Years of NUA runs until July 11 at Norwich Arts Centre. Entry is free.

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