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An exhibition by 13 emerging artists who graduated from Anglia Ruskin University’s Cambridge School of Art amid the pandemic is now open.

Daniela Mendes. Picture: Keith Heppell
Daniela Mendes. Picture: Keith Heppell

Present tense: Future perfect provides a multi-sensorial snapshot of the ever-evolving sense of self, both individual artists and of the group.

The exhibition’s title not only plays on the grammatical term ‘present tense’ for the present, but points to the ‘tense’ situation we found ourselves in during the pandemic. Future perfect is used to describe an event that is expected or planned to happen before a time of reference in the future.

Sarah Strachan with her sculpture at ARU's latest exhibition, Present tense: Future perfect, which reflects on a shared history and the social identity of a group of emerging artists who all met at Cambridge School of Art. Picture: Keith Heppell
Sarah Strachan with her sculpture at ARU's latest exhibition, Present tense: Future perfect, which reflects on a shared history and the social identity of a group of emerging artists who all met at Cambridge School of Art. Picture: Keith Heppell
Stepanka Facerova's piece at ARU's latest exhibition, Present tense: Future perfect, which reflects on a shared history and the social identity of a group of emerging artists who all met at Cambridge School of Art. Picture: Keith Heppell
Stepanka Facerova's piece at ARU's latest exhibition, Present tense: Future perfect, which reflects on a shared history and the social identity of a group of emerging artists who all met at Cambridge School of Art. Picture: Keith Heppell

Sarah Strachan, who co-curated the event with her friend Stepanka Facerova (the pair work together as Itiswhatitis Duo), said: “We left in 2020 without our degree show, which is the culmination of three years of study.

“You’re told all the way through your studies that your degree show is the pinnacle of your studies and you’re going out into the world... and neither us or the following year had a degree show. We showed it online but not in a physical space. All our teachers are really pleased that we’ve all come back to do a show. We’ve had a great reaction so far.”

Samuel Richardson with his piece at ARU's latest exhibition, Present tense: Future perfect, which reflects on a shared history and the social identity of a group of emerging artists who all met at Cambridge School of Art. Picture: Keith Heppell
Samuel Richardson with his piece at ARU's latest exhibition, Present tense: Future perfect, which reflects on a shared history and the social identity of a group of emerging artists who all met at Cambridge School of Art. Picture: Keith Heppell

The exhibition is at the Ruskin Gallery, East Road, until this Sunday (March 27). Opening hours are 10am-4pm.

For more on Itiswhatitis, go to itiswhatitisduo.com/.

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