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Trio of Derby art graduates selected for prestigious festival

Chace Hostel, Coventry (Bethany Kane) "I am delighted that three of our recent graduates have been chosen to take part in the UK Young Artists Leicester Festival." Professor Huw Davies, Dean of the College of Arts, University of Derby

Date posted: 26 September 2014

Recent graduates from the University of Derby have been chosen to participate in the upcoming UK Young Artists' Leicester Festival 2014, which will take place between Friday November 7 - Sunday November 9.

The three chosen graduates selected to take part in the Leicester Festival 2014 are Bethany Kane (BA Hons Fine Art Photography), David Langham (BA Hons Photography) and Beth Shapeero (PG Certificate in Arts Practice).

Professor Huw Davies, Dean of the College of Arts at the University of Derby, said: "I am delighted that three of our recent graduates have been chosen to take part in the UK Young Artists Leicester Festival. The festival covers an array of arts including, photography, moving image, music, crafts, dance, visual arts and spoken word."

Bethany, David and Beth were shortlisted through a national call for artists aged between 18 to 30 working across all art forms. The graduates will be part of the Festival's visual arts programme and their work will be exhibited at either Two Queens or The Silver Arcade.

Bethany will be exhibiting 'Hidden Hunger' which shows the environments that are used by food banks and free food distribution services. Bethany added: "I am really looking forward to showcasing my work at such a creative festival, it's a privilege to be chosen. Hidden Hunger refers to the alienation and isolation that visitors to such services may feel within society."

UK Young Artists is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to nurture and develop young artists through national and international showcases and professional development opportunities. UK Young Artists was founded by the University of Derby, De Montfort University, Nottingham Trent University, Loughborough University and Arts Council England.

For further press information please contact Jenny McNicholas, University of Derby Press Officer, on 01332 592279 or email: J.McNicholas@derby.ac.uk.