Exhibition showcases Cheshire art students' work

Published date: 25 July 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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ART and design students transformed West Cheshire College into an art gallery which was open to the public.

More than 200 guests, including local artists, writers, designers and gallery owners, visited the college to view the students’ work.

The exhibition displayed a variety of styles and themes created by the students including Street Art, Flights of Fancy, Depiction of Women and the Memories of a Second World War Soldier.

Liz Broughton, 19, from Ellesmere Port, who is studying a foundation degree in art and design, chose to base her work around women’s body images.

She said: “I chose my topic as my friend used to suffer from anorexia so it’s a topic close to home.

I don’t like how the media and fashion industry use extremely skinny women – they should show women in a variety of shapes and sizes.

“I had a total of six weeks to create my work and I really enjoyed working on the project.

“I’ve just finished the course and I am now looking forward to studying photography at the University of Chester in September.”

Ian Prewit, art and design tutor at the college, said: “There was a buzz of a London art gallery during the exhibition. The evening was fantastic, all the students involved showcased strong pieces and should be extremely proud of their achievements. 

“Many of the guests were impressed and complimented the students’ work. We do the exhibition showcase annually, however this year was one of our most successful and strongest yet.”

The exhibition, held at the college’s Ellesmere Port campus, wasn’t the only project art and design students have been involved in recently.

Selected students took part in Britain’s oldest festival, The Midsummer Watch Parade in Chester.

The parade, run by community and professional artist Russell Kirk was watched by thousands of people.

Art student Paul Longley worked alongside Mr Kirk to create props for the parade and events students Kristy Hughes, Ed Malone and Nour Ali gained valuable experience working as stewards at the event.

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