A collection of new artwork will be on display at the University of Hertfordshire from this weekend, in an exhibition seeking to unsettle visitors.

The works are from The School of Creative Arts second year fine art students, featuring a vast range of artists, disciplines and artworks that have been grouped together to show the diversity that exists in contemporary art practice.

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As young artists much of the work is politically and socially charged, as a result the approach and orchestration of the exhibition seeks to surprise and unnerve the visitor.

The works address the themes of reposition, examining how Britain is out of the EU, wars are raging in the Middle East causing mass migration and friction both between and within communities, and collision. The latter exploring how America has chosen to vote for radical president-elect, Donald Trump and the brutal voting campaign between Trump and Hilary Clinton that once again created a divide in modern society.

The exhibition has been curated to reflect these issues by juxtaposing and even jarring artworks, such as colours, form, scale and the various media used.

Annabel Lucas, exhibitions curator, says: “The annual Fine Art student exhibition is a highlight of the UH Galleries’ programme where we are given a snapshot of current art production and a fresh curatorial approach.

“As second year students this cohort of 26 artists are at an exciting time in their careers, finding their individual voices while also contributing to the shared interests of their whole year group. This promises to be a dynamic and confident exhibition.”

Art and Design Gallery, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, AL10 9AB, from Saturday, January 28 until Thursday, February 2. Details: 01707 275012