Twelve art graduates prepare for career take-off


Cambridge School of Art graduate Amanda Graves is one of 12 students who have had their work selected for exhibition at Cambridge Airport, as part of a scheme launched for the third year by Anglia Ruskin University, Arts & Business and Marshall Aerospace Business Aviation Centre.

Graduate art is chosen by judges to hang in the VIP Business Aviation Centre at Cambridge Airport

The 12 items of graduate work were selected from Anglia Ruskin’s Cambridge School of Art Final Year Exhibition, for a 12 month loan to Marshall Aerospace, to hang in the VIP Business Aviation Centre at Cambridge Airport.  The pieces will include work by fine artists, photographers, illustrators and graphic designers.

Amanda was among the 12 students chosen from around 200 exhibiting at The Ruskin Gallery for the prestigious Art Loan Scheme. Her work consists of vibrant colourful abstract paintings based on the urban landscape.  After being confirmed as one of those shortlisted she said: ‘I am delighted to have been selected.  I was brought up in Cambridge, and the airport has always meant a lot to me.  My artwork is based around a modern visual language, and interaction with contemporary architecture, so there is really no better place to see my work than at Cambridge Airport.’

The panel of judges selecting the material included Archie Garden, Director at Cambridge Airport,  Terry Holloway, Group Support Executive, Chris Owen, Head of Cambridge School of Art and Gill Bloomfield, Director of Consultancy Services, Arts & Business.

Archie Garden, Director at Cambridge Airport said: “The standard of the work featured in the exhibition was excellent which made it very hard to choose just 12 artists’ work.  In making our selection, we were driven by the location where the works will hang, and we were looking for light, colour and energy.   Amanda’s work particularly struck us but we are very pleased with the choice of all 12 artists.”

The 12 graduates selected for the scheme include from BA (Hons) Photography Natasha Biggs, Tracey Jones, Shaun Smith and Josie Fisher; BA (Hons) Fine Art Amanda Graves, Jodie Nelson, Amy Storey; BA (Hons) Illustration Rachel James, Dan Heffer; BA (Hons) Graphic Design Jurate Laugalyte, Julie Tostevin and Carmen Lam.

Image: Abstract paintings by Cambridge School of Art graduate Amanda Graves who lives in Cambridge.  Urban Organisation (large) and City Quadrant (small) from Amanda’s ‘City Series’.  Front: BA (Hons) Fine Art graduate Amanda Graves; (left to right) Chris Owen, Head of Cambridge School of Art, Archie Garden Director of Cambridge Airport; Gill Bloomfield of Art & Business; and Terry Holloway of Marshall Group.




Anglia Ruskin University is passionate about the advancement of knowledge and the education of students, and we pride ourselves on taking university education in imaginative new directions.  Our key contribution is to the enhancement of social, cultural and economic well being.  We have two main campuses, in Cambridge and Chelmsford, with over 30,000 students and 1,000 academic staff.

The Marshall Group has a history in transportation spanning over 100 years (more than 80 of them in aviation) and is a major employer in Cambridge, owning car dealerships, and operating Cambridge Airport on Newmarket Road.  The Marshall Business Aviation Centre offers its clients prestigious facilities from a large boardroom and meeting rooms as well as a luxury departure lounge. Weekly a broad range of high-level clients from well known business executives pass through the centre when flying by private jet.

Arts & Business is a national not for profit agency that activates, supports and delivers projects that help businesses to engage with the arts. It provides advice and consultancy services for businesses who want to find new ways to work with the arts to deliver their business objectives, brokering sponsorships and curating bespoke arts programmes.


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Founded in 1909, the Marshall Group has a turnover of £2.5bn and over 5,700 employees. Headquartered on a 900-acre site in Cambridge, Marshall has three principal arms to the business: Aerospace and Defence; Property; and Ventures.

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