For the opening night/private view we have asked Paul Smith to say a few words to everyone there but also feel that the students should say something too. SO me and Sean wrote this speech which will most likely be read by Sean but is not just our words. Although we wrote it we tried to capture the thoughts and feelings of the entire group, and to thank for them all the people that made this and the whole degree possible, including each other. So here’s what we have:
Thank you all for coming and welcome to Raw format photography ba degree show.
I remember at the start of this year Shaun Hides saying that 10 minutes from now we’d be graduating…..well try 30 seconds lolololol
We’ve had tears, laughter, jokes and Fights. We’ve been told off, and been lazy, we’ve needed a few kicks up the bum but at the end of it all we’ve pulled together some fantastic work and done ourselves proud as individuals but also as a group.
In this room there’s a wide selection of subject matter each one like a child to its owner, who has watched it develop and hopefully will now see it flourish.
There have been problems along the way either overcome or learnt from, and this exhibition is a testament to all those who were a part of it both students and staff.
Over the last 3 years we’ve been moulded by Jon Worth’s Open classes, Paul Smith’s Professionalism, Helped on our feet by Matt Johnston and been nurtured from on high by Jonathan Shaw and Sean Hides
which gives us a good chance to give all of our thanks to them and their dedication to us.
We’ve evolved as a group, we’ve lost some on the way but we’ve also gained a few too. We’ve experienced the last 3 years together and I personally couldn’t think of a better bunch of people to have spent them with. before we all go our separate ways it is great to be able to share something like this with each other.
So thanks again to each other and all the people who helped us along the way, John Levy, Graham Mac, Greg, Craig, Bex, Anthony, Kevin, Sadie, George, Amber’s mum and dad, Jenni’s mum and dad, all the mums and dads…. None of this would have been possible without you. All the best for the future and enjoy the evening you’ve all earnt it.
Oh and one more thing. We do have another exhibition in London starting the 17th of June so make sure you come along.