HND Art Students gain Exposure through Selby Arts Festival Partnership

        Photographs by Abby Clark

HND Art & Design students from top-performing Selby College became official event photographers for the week at the wildly successful debut Selby Arts Festival last month, thanks to a partnership organised by Festival Director David Edmunds. The week-long took the town by storm offering a mix of ticketed music nights and free pop-up family entertainment.

Armed with an open brief from David, students including Grace Priddy, Eloise Livsey and Abby Clark aimed to capture not only the 37 events and artists, but also the audience reactions and atmosphere surrounding each performance, which ranged from poetry and opera singing, to comedy nights and late-night skating events.

Selby Arts Festival provided an invaluable platform for the HE students, giving them a real flavour of freelance photography at a number of sold out shows, including Seth Lakeman’s gig at Selby Abbey featuring support from fellow Selby College Music student Fiona Lee.    

            Photographs by Eloise Livsey

Eloise said, “This was a fantastic opportunity which has given us a chance to use our skills in a different setting as well as in our local community. I have enjoyed it and look forward to taking part next year too!”

An exhibition displaying the girls’ collections from the festival will be held in the autumn to celebrate the first Selby Arts Festival. Paul Belshaw, Subject Area Manager for Art, Design & Media said, “We have some great photographers on the HND course and I'm sure the results will be excellent.”

                                Photograph by Eloise Livsey

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For more information about this course and other Higher Education courses at Selby College, please contact the HE team on tel 01757 211114 or email

Published: Thursday 3 Aug 2017