Way back when, students were known for their political activism and forthright views, protesting about pretty much anything and waving placards at the drop of a hat.
Now, though, students are probably better known for stealing traffic cones, Mickey Mouse degrees and drinking until they vomit on themselves.
However, let’s not be too hasty in our judgements. In recent years with top up fees, budgets cuts, and rapidly increasing competition for university places, students are becoming politically savvy once again – as proved by the upcoming show at London’s Dreamspace Gallery, Is This Thing On?
The exhibition will show work from the Fourth Floor Collective, a group of 14 students from Kingston University.
Their work responds to the mounting pressure on new young artists once they graduate from their courses, and examines the daunting prospect of an unsure future as they step into the big wide world.
Working in a variety of mediums including photography, painting and less traditional methods, like working with found objects, the work is motivated by the idea of actually making a success of yourself as an artist.
The show aims to represent not only these artists individually, but the wider group of new art graduates in today’s climate of cuts and uncertainties.
There’s also a chance to meet the students involved and hear more about their working process at the private view on 2 December.
Is This Thing On? is showing from 29 November – 3 December, Dreamspace Gallery,1-3 Dufferin Street, London, EC1Y. Private View 2 December 6.30pm-8.30pm