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Outdoor Image module inspires students

A group of UCLan Outdoor students staged an exhibition of work from their final year 'Outdoor Image' module.

The event provided undergraduates with the opportunity to display and share their completed portfolios, final artworks and supporting chapters which showcased Pedagogies and Aesthetics in Outdoor Education.

Sculptures, paintings and a range of multi-media items were on show, all of which expressed forms of critical artistic comment.

The group explored topics including escapism and societal laziness, freedom and spirituality, and gender – perceptions of women in the outdoors.

Module leader Dr Clive Palmer said the students had produced some thought-provoking art about engagement, perception and identity with the Outdoors.

He commented: "Outdoor Image has been a tremendous success this year. The students relished opportunities to explain to other staff and students their philosophical ideas and what their comment to the world embodied in their tangible artist product.

"They've developed a high level of confidence and humility to question the rights and wrongs of society as they see it, achieved through the supportive stages of formative assessment towards the final presentation of their ideas.

"Process and product have married beautifully in this module and I'm very proud that their artistic and academic skills are a reflection of a pedagogy nurtured thinking, curiosity, but above all, enjoyment."

Student feedback for the module was extremely positive, with the group in agreement the assignment had allowed them to explore their creative sides.

Richard McCloy said: "I found the start of the module very challenging and difficult to understand, but once I found my way I soon became very passionate about my subject. It taught me to be prepared to think differently and not be afraid of any ideas you may have."

Abigail Law added: "Outdoor Image has given me the space and freedom to release and use my creativity where I wouldn't have otherwise been able to. I've been able to express myself through something different than just academic assignments – it has allowed me to shine."

To view a selection of images from the event please click here.

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