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Students exhibit work at Agatha Christie’s exhibition

University Centre South Devon (UCSD) Art students were given the opportunity to showcase their work at Dressed to Kill – Agatha Christie exhibition

From the 31st October 2022 to the 20th November 2022, Torre Abbey are hosting an exhibition of costumes from Christie’s film adaptations as a part of the International Agatha Christie Festival. The exhibition includes a variety of costumes worn in the films: Death on the Nile (1978 and 2004), Evil Under the Sun (1982), and Murder on the Orient Express (2017).

UCSD have previously worked with Torre Abbey and therefore tasked our students to design and create their own costumes inspired by Agatha Christie’s life and writing. Our art lecturer, Sam Doyle, then ran a 2 day masterclass with current and graduate Fda Contemporary Arts Practice students. This masterclass taught the students the techniques they needed to create Christie inspired costumes. Students then began working on their costumes in the workshop and took them to work on in their own time for a week before the costumes were installed into the exhibition in September.

Christie’s career spans from the 1920s to the 1970s meaning our students had plenty of work to get inspiration. Our students work was influenced by the costumes featured in Christie’s films in the main Dressed to Kill exhibition. Students also researched her films and made their own responses to them.

If you would like to see our students work at the exhibition, it is at Torre Abbey, The King’s Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE. The exhibition is open daily from 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday, until November 20th.

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