Wiltshire College & University Centre’s annual Creative Arts Exhibition returned last week as a vast and diverse array of pieces were put up on display across multiple campuses.
WCUC has a large cohort of students enrolled on a wide range creative arts courses across its Chippenham, Salisbury and Trowbridge campuses and a wide range of artwork – including paint, illustration, sculpture, graphic design, textiles, music, film and gaming – were all featured.
Brandon Nsubuga Kankuyu studies Level 3 Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication at the Chippenham campus and created a series of postcards with a science fiction theme.
Brandon explained: “I wanted to incorporate Sci-Fi and surrealism into my pieces as I wanted to try to transport people to these places. They are all locations I have been to and I enjoyed visiting. The designs originally started off as posters but I moved onto postcards as my focus was on locations so I thought that format would work better.
“Everything in the piece is my own – the photographs and the graphics. I am really inspired by marble surfaces as backgrounds, so I made those myself too on Photoshop. I really enjoy photography and I am hoping to study that at university after taking a gap year.”
Maja Oades’ work is entitled ‘The Glass Ceiling’ and incorporates a series of pieces in numerous mediums – watercolour, collage and digital animation. The pieces tell the story of a fable Maja came up with herself, including devising characters and the world they live in.
Maja, who studies Foundation Art at the Salisbury campus, explained: “I knew that I wanted to do something either illustration or animation-based but I didn’t really know what to do within that. I thought I would stitch the two mediums together and experiment with illustrating a story in a comic book style. I like how the two forms works together. It looks quite scrapbooky but still has that artist sense to it.
“Every piece is different but they all link together and in one of my sketchbooks you can see all these rough bits of paper that I put together. There are some elements that are in all of the pieces. In September, I am going on to study illustration at the University of Brighton where I hope to do more illustration with animation there.”
Owain Milford, Head of Faculty – Creative Arts, Media & Performance at WCUC, said: “Our annual Creative Arts Exhibition is all about celebrating the amazing creative talents of our Games, Film, Art & Design, Music and Performing Arts students. This is something we all look forward to every year and I know students are always excited to be able to display their work and share their experiences with family and friends.
“We try to give students the very best opportunities possible across all of our Creative Arts courses and being able to showcase work to the public is an important aspect of an artists’ development, no matter what their field of interest is.
“All of the students have worked so hard over the course of the year and produced some brilliant work, of which they should be very proud. The skills they have developed over their courses will stand them in good stead for future employment or university progression.”
You can see the full exhibition online by clicking here.