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Alumni Profiles

Craig Hudson

Graduated 2011


Craig graduated in 2011 and since leaving the fine art studios at the University of Suffolk he is now based in his own workspace at Butley Mills Studios, Orford. Working here allows him to use the foundry based on site and this has had a big influence on the work he currently produces. He is currently perfecting his skills and honing in on what he believes is truly important to make confident and successful sculpture and this in turn gives depth and meaning to what he does.

Craig has exhibited within the Battle Art Fair (2011) and is represented by and having a solo show at BlackShed Gallery, East Sussex. Craig will also be exhibiting in Aldburgh, Suffolk alongside Laurence Edwards and Brian Taylor in October 2012.

From thousands of submissions, Craig Hudson was one of just a hundred artists short-listed to go and present his work to a panel of no-nonsense judges on BBC2's 'Show Me the Monet':

Craig says of this time at the university

"I have to thank the university quite considerably, if it wasnt for the support given to me in my second year I dont think my work would ever have taken the direction that it did. I had a tutorial with three lecturers and it didnt go well, their reactions to my work made me distraught but now I understand! That event made me realise I had to up my game, I wanted to try body casting but didnt know where to start and it was through the Fine Art contacts that I was able to meet someone who helped me create my sculpture and my future. I can now say I am a sculptor, no flitting between mediums, and without this experience I honestly couldnt tell you what I would be doing now!"


Jo Mayhew

Graduated 2010


During her time on the Fine Art course Jo completed a 14-week internship at the Town Hall Galleries, Ipswich during which she gained experience in all aspects of the processes of exhibition production. Upon completion of her BA (Hons) Fine Art degree, Jo went on to study for a Masters degree in Gallery Studies and Critical Curating at the Centre for Curatorial Studies, University of Essex. Throughout her masters Jo worked as part of the curatorial team for the TimeFrame exhibition project displayed at Art Exchange, a contemporary art gallery based at the University of Essex.TimeFrame sought to unveil the invisible construction of the museum as a space within which time is seemingly naturally suspended and it directly challenged the often-inherent notion of the gallery as a dimension beyond time.

At present Jo is working as a Project Administrator for the Department of Arts and Humanities, University of Suffolk, where she is involved with Atrium Studios. She also writes for IP1 Magazine and has been published in a-n Magazine, and is currently pursuing new curatorial projects.


Jayne Lawless

Graduated 2004


Since graduating in 2004 and subsequently leaving Suffolk, Jayne spent 3 months travelling around Mexico via New York and Rhode Island. This was then followed by living in Cyprus for a year and the time spent there continues to have a huge influence on her practice. Her trips away coincided with a local regeneration scheme happening in Liverpool which forced her parents to leave their family home of 33 years. This occurrence shifted the focus of Jaynes practice onto the idea of home. Jayne concentrates on this theme from a political, architectural, psychological and even spiritual perspective, focusing particularly on the effects of when the home becomes inaccessible.

Jayne has completed a Post Graduate Diploma at the Cyprus College of Art in 2009 and most recently an MFA at Bath Spa University. She has exhibited at The A Foundation, Liverpool, Axis Art Centre, Crewe and Onjaty Centre, Poland. Between 2005 and 2007 Jayne undertook a residency entitled Tunnel at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich with architect Marta Gazicka. The project was funded by the Arts Council, Suffolk County Council and Ipswich Borough Council.

Her current work is focused on an on-going project entitled L5-6QW, which highlights issues concerning urban regeneration. The projectis supported by Bath Spa University and she hopes to bring it to Suffolk in the future. She will also be undertaking a residency in Slovakia in 2013.

Jayne says of her time at the university

 "I have always spoken highly of my BA course and as time goes on you begin to reflect and appreciate it more. I always felt supported overall and was fortunate to benefit from the great technical support on offer. I feel I was particularly lucky to undertake modules such as Professional Practice, as this has proved invaluable to me."