by Scott Goodacre

The annual event took place in the college’s Art department, with present and past students in attendance alongside their parents, the visiting professionals and staff who have worked with them.

Artwork from the second year of the A level Art courses – Fine Art, Textile Design and Graphic Communication, as well as the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design completely took over the classrooms in the Art centre for the show.

Fine Art students displayed five or six of their strongest pieces from their coursework and examination portfolios, including painting, ceramics, film and multi-media working; Textiles student garments were displayed by design pages from their working journals.

However, one of the most unusual exhibits, and a real talking point, was the 20 foot sculpture constructed entirely of junk in the lower studio – this really divided opinions among viewers, loving it or hating it!

Lydia Green, head of Art, said: “Our annual Art exhibition is always a great success and it’s fantastic to see so many students and their parents visit to celebrate what we do.

“The students are really proud of this event and with good reason – it’s their chance to put on a professional exhibition and experience seeing their work displayed in public; most have put in additional independent study hours outside taught sessions to complete final pieces and we were glad to see such wide appreciation of their hard work.”