QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 81 - Page 13

Bumper year for QMU’s Film & Media Degree Show Art Psychotherapy Exhibition – not all glitter and Freud P OSTGRADUATE ART PSYCHOTHERAPY students from QMU showed off their creative flair as part of an annual graduate exhibition which took place at Edinburgh’s Gayfield Creative Spaces. The MSc Art Psychotherapy Graduate Exhibition celebrated the work of more than 15 talented graduates and showcased an array of expressive, interactive and insightful artwork. The exhibition ‘Not all glitter and Freud’ aimed to raise awareness and encourage a broader understanding of the benefits of art therapy. Lindsey Edghill, MSc Art Psychotherapy graduate and exhibition committee member, said: “Our exhibition provided space for the students and tutors to celebrate themselves as artists. It also helped to challenge preconceptions of what art therapy is and is not. “Art therapy provides a creative alternative for people to communicate thoughts and feelings, which may have otherwise been difficult to express verbally. It creates a safe space enabling play and supports self-exploration through creative communication. As the title suggests - art therapy is not all glitter and Freud.” The event was sponsored by QMU, the QMU Student Development Fund and Harviestoun Brewery. ❒ A RECORD NUMBER OF film buffs packed Edinburgh’s Filmhouse the night before graduation to see QMU’s annual Film and Media Degree Show. An audience of over 200 people, including Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, enjoyed a wonderfully varied selection of short promotional films, dramas and documentaries from QMU’s 2nd, 3rd and 4th year Film and Media students. The ten shorts made by QMU’s students were this year’s cream of the crop, covering a diverse range of subjects and genres. The documentaries profiled an award winning artist, took the audience on a musical journey to the streets of Morocco and showed people how to build an earthship. The dramas featured characters dealing with the effects of grief, poverty, illness and… junk mail. Film and Media student, Jordan Phillips, won the Bruce Thomson College Access Award (Bruce Thomson Memorial Fund), and fellow student, Linzi Wilson, won the University's Media, Communication and Performing Arts (MCPA) Photography Prize on the night. The audience also got their chance to cast their votes for best film, which was won by Graham Wallace. Graham also won the Bruce Thomson Production Dissertation Prize (Bruce Thomson Memorial Fund) for his film - 'Float'. The Bruce Thomso n prizes were awarded in memory of Bruce Thomson, a lecturer at QMU for many years, who died in 2001. Bruce was passionate in his support of students, especially those from a non-traditional educational background. He also had a great love of the visual arts. The two prizes from his memorial fund reflect these areas. Graham Drysdale, Lecturer in Screenwriting & Digital Filmmaking at QMU, said: “We think this was one of our strongest ever screenings, with record numbers turning out to see our students’ work. “This event is always a highlight in the QMU calendar as it provides a platform for us to celebrate creativity, as well as allowing students to unveil films they have worked on over the last year. It’s important to our students to see their work on the big screen. There’s nothing like hearing and seeing an audience respond to your film in the way you hoped when you first conceived of the idea.” The 2015 Queen Margaret University Film & Media Degree Show was organised by Film and Media student, Michelle Hanzelova. ❒ QMYOU / Creativity and Culture 13