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Students show off their creative flair at end-of-year Arts Exhibition

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Wiltshire College & University Centre's Creative Arts students have taken part in the annual end-of-year exhibition

Students at Wiltshire College & University Centre showcased their creative talents last week at the College’s end-of-year Creative Arts Exhibition.

The annual event sees students from the College’s large and diverse Creative Arts department proudly display items from their portfolio created over the course of the year.

Although Covid restrictions meant the exhibition was largely held online this year, with a dedicated section created on the College’s website, pieces were still placed prominently around the campuses for students and staff to enjoy.

Corrina Cooper, Deputy Head of Creative Arts at the College, said: “It’s wonderful to be able to hold the exhibition this year despite the challenges everyone is still facing.

“We try to give students the best opportunities possible. They have all produced some brilliant work over the course of the year and we are so pleased that we have been able to showcase their incredible talents in this way.”

Abigail Ward studied a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design course and created a textile piece entitled ‘Stars of the Past’. She plans to continue developing her ideas when she leaves College this summer.

Abigail said: “I wanted to create a piece that showcased both my love for the stars and mythology. I’m going into employment when I leave the College this summer and I am exploring creating my own brand. I want to make tapestry and clothing using royal colours – like the blue and gold in this piece.”

Carter Whitfield, who studied a Level 1 Diploma in Art & Design and is moving onto a Creative Media course next year, created a print called ‘Adaptation’ which explores the evolution of dinosaurs.

He said: “It came about through an assignment we did called ‘Evolve’ and this idea just popped into my head. I like dinosaurs and this shows how dinosaurs might evolve into humans. I’ve got some historical figures in there too, like Winston Churchill. I think it’s a really fun piece.”

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design student Ellie Wise is moving onto Solent University and created a series of illustrations entitled ‘Japanese Culture’ based on her interest in the country.

She said: “I am going to university to study illustration next year and I wanted to do something using those skills. I would love to visit Japan – it’s seems like such an amazing place and it’s somewhere I’ve always been really interested in. I’ve loved the course and my time at the College. It’s really helped provide everything I have needed to get to where I want.”

Lilah-Rose Cotton is studying a Level 3 Diploma in Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication and created a cyanograph called ‘Extreme Thunderstorms’.

Lilah-Rose, who is back for the second year of the course from September, said: “I created this piece to show how thunderstorms can look from the side and above a hurricane. I wanted to show how extreme weather can be.”

To view the College’s Creative Arts Exhibition or to enrol on a course, click here.

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