Double exhibition for final year students

Housed within Truro’s Atrium Gallery, two Cornish themed photography and media exhibitions named ‘Finek Unya’ and ‘Omnium’ are set to celebrate the final work produced by degree and access course students at Truro and Penwith College.

Returning to the gallery in Lemon Street Market for the second year, an assortment of 2D, 3D and moving image works will be on display for the weeklong exhibition that will be open to the public from Tuesday May 15 to Saturday 19 May, from 9am – 5pm daily.

With an exclusive film screening at Truro Plaza cinema on Friday 18 May from 4pm – 5pm followed by a Private View opening at The Atrium Gallery from 6pm – 9pm, visitors are invited to enjoy the show and talk to the artists on the evening.

Displaying the final works and productions of BA (Hons) Applied Media students at the TEF Gold-rated College, the ‘Finek Unya’ exhibition takes its name from the Cornish language and roughly translates as ‘ending together’ to signify the final display before graduation.  

Representing a diverse range of practices from short films to promotional content creation and from interactive online websites to fine art photography and moving image, the exhibition hints at key themes and connections to the landscape. Utilising new technologies and processes, the innovative works raise the question as to what makes us human, covering both positive and negative aspects.

Sue Lewis, BA (Hons) Applied Media Programme Leader was impressed with the high quality of work produced by the students and said: “The talent displayed at this year’s exhibition demonstrates the wide range of creativity and media skills the students have gained throughout the three years of their studies with us. We hope that they will be able to go into the current market place and produce work that will engage audiences; whether that be online, on screens, in print or in a gallery.”

BA (Hons) Applied Media student Deborah Kay, who will be displaying her work at the exhibition, is really keen to get some feedback on her project after all of the hard work put into it. Deborah said: “The course was a great opportunity to develop creative ideas in a wide range of media, and it’s great that we can show the final outcome to the public in such a central location.”

Detailed black and white photo of a bat wing

Photograph by Access to Higher Education: Creative Media & Photography student Carol Rea

Also presenting photography and moving image productions, Access to Higher Education: Creative Media and Photography students at the College will present the ‘Omnium’ exhibition. The title roughly translates from Latin as ‘belonging to all’ and promises to depict in depth views of Cornwall’s landscape and culture.

Marcus Way, Access Programme Leader was pleased to see that students who have had no prior experience or qualifications within the field have managed to produce such striking and innovative works. Marcus said: “I’m really thrilled to see so many students flourishing on our brand new Access course. It has given those returning to creative study the opportunity to develop their skills and return to Higher Education to follow their passions.”

Carol Rea joined the Access course in September after being away from education for a while, and said: “It has really been a positive experience for me because it’s allowed me to discover so many creative ways of expressing myself through both photography and filmmaking.”

If you’re interested in studying media and photography degree courses with Truro and Penwith College, please get in touch with the university courses team to discover your options:, 01872 267061.