Graduations and student exhibitions are as much about coming of age as they are about art. Often devoid of themes or gimmicks, they both share a quality that is fast becoming extinct in the commercial art scene: a pure love of art. To commemorate the end of their studies, 29 fresh graduates from the Department of Fine Arts at the Chinese University of Hong Kong are holding an exhibition. The Play After Tomorrow is on display at the West Wing Galleries of the Art Museum in the university's main campus. It showcases a wide range of artwork in oil, acrylics, installation and mixed media as well as Chinese paintings. 'We miss the old days but we also have hopes for the future,' said artist Alison Chan Long-yan, 23. 'Normally we go separate ways in art, but all the students came together because of this exhibition. Hopefully there will be a sequel.' Visitors entering the foyer will come across Burial, an installation by Ng Ka-sum. It represents the artist's desire to put the past behind him in order to face the future. 'During the past few years, we all worked inside the studios at school. But in the outside world, people may feel that our work is meaningless or become only concerned about the nominal value of our art,' said artist Yolanda Yeung Yu-ling, 22. 'Such experiences give the art students mixed feelings.' A huge banner reading 'Cry for CU' hangs over the foyer. The conceptual artwork, by Vivien Yau Tze-wei, was originally created to protest the school's policy of internationalisation. Next to the foyer are a number of beautifully crafted classical and modern Chinese paintings. Some artists have updated the artistic style by using contemporary toys or commercial icons as their subjects. After moving upstairs, visitors can view the work of Yeung. The work, titled Seriously Joking (pictured), includes nine sets of huge black-and-white realistic portraits of her classmate at work and some abstract drawings. 'The drawings are what I think my classmate may be doing,' said Yeung. 'Of course, my work may turn out to be very different from my imagination.' Chan's work can be found on the top floor of the gallery. She glued real leaves on stainless steel webs to create little boats. The artwork stems from Chan's love of nature. 'Art can be a container that carries an artist's messages,' said Chan. 'I hope my artwork will enable people to experience peace and calm in this busy and noisy city.' More art pieces by graduates and other art students can be found at the annual and postgraduate exhibitions at Cheng Ming Building of New Asia College. The exhibitions run until June 26. 'I hope teenagers can come to the exhibitions with the attitude of going to a fun fair,' said Chan. 'They may see some really interesting things.'