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12 Dec 2017

Former University of Chester student’s artwork selected for exhibition.
A former University of Chester student’s artwork has been selected as part of a new exhibition at Bowes Museum in County Durham.
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Julie Cassels, from South Manchester, who works at a studio based in Salford, has had a piece of work she produced during her University of Chester AA2A residency selected for the biennial New Light Prize Exhibition at the Museum.
New Light is a charity formed to promote and support artists in the North of England. Its Prize Exhibition features artwork from 72 well-known and emerging artists at different stages of their careers.
Julie’s work often has historical references and she is particularly interested in the aesthetics of textiles and clothing. Her work is inspired by the depiction of fabric in all art forms, throughout history, along with its interpretation and relevance.
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Julie’s exhibited artwork titled ‘The Way I See It #2 – After Andrew Wyeth’ is from her ‘Seeing Differently’ body of work. Julie said: “The ‘Seeing Differently’ series foregrounds drapery, in existing art, by altering books, photographs and creating mixed media canvasses. The exhibited canvas combines a sculpted, ‘low relief’ surface with a digitally printed fabric image, to encapsulate my personal view of classical paintings, literally ‘The Way I See It’.”
She added: “It is a privilege to be part of this exhibition, showing alongside great work from over 70 northern artists. The Bowes Museum is the wonderful first, of four, venues, while the ‘New Light Art’ team have been amazing, with their attention to every detail.”
Julie was enrolled on the University’s Artists’ Access to Art Colleges (AA2A) scheme. The AA2A scheme provides placements for practising visual artists and designers in higher and further education institutions across England. It is an opportunity for artists to use the institutions’ facilities for specific projects.
During her AA2A residency, Julie also had her artwork displayed at The Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool as part of Armed Forces Day (
The exhibition is open in County Durham until February 18, 2018. It will then tour to Carlisle, Huddersfield and London.
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