A fantasy-inspired exhibition of the University of Worcester's graduates' and students' art work has gone on display at The Hive.

Showcasing the work of 30 artists from various courses, including illustration, fine art, graphic design, and animation, the show transports visitors into the world of fantasy and imagination.

Running until Sunday, February 25, it runs free of charge alongside the British Library’s ‘Fantasy - Realms of Imagination’ touring exhibition.


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One of the artists on display is third year illustration student, Sam Morris, 49, of Twyning, who having been a professional artist for 13 years, wants a career as a picture books illustrator.

Ms Morris's artwork is an abridged version of a silent picture book, featuring black and white ink drawings layered using a digital process.

She said: "It’s lovely for me to see that work displayed amongst other artists and see the way that they have interpreted the world of fantasy.

"This degree has taught me about storytelling, how to create narrative and how to use symbolism and metaphors in visuals to convey a multi-layered meaning to my work."

Worcester News: Jess Mason's work looks at the world from a fairy's perspective

Also on show is the work of Jess Mason, 31, an illustration graduate and now a freelance children’s book illustrator.

Ms Mason's piece examines the world from a fairy’s perspective.

"Now we know a lot more because of science and technology, whereas before we embraced and used magic to explain weird things in nature and the world," she commented.

She added: "I’m almost certain that I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t gone to university."

Worcester News: Mark Daffin's exhibition is inspired by medieval heraldry and Arthurian legend

Joining the line-up is independent print maker Mark Daffin, 39, another graduate of the university, whose exhibition is inspired by medieval heraldry, mythology, folklore and Arthurian legend.

Mr Daffin, of Worcester, said: "During the medieval period, many believed that mermaids were real; our fantasy was their reality.

"Through my imagery, I aim to evoke some of that mystery."

He added: "I’d always been interested in art and decided that’s what I’d like to pursue, I didn’t find print making properly until I’d started the Master’s."