Students showcase artistic flair at annual Arts Exhibition

Last Thursday evening, top-performing Selby College’s Renaissance Building was once again transformed into an artistic hub as the Art, Design & Media department held their annual Visual & Creative Arts Exhibition.

Guests including friends, family and former students were welcomed with a glass of wine in the foyer, where Music students Fiona Lee and George Copeland treated audiences to intimate busking-style performances throughout the evening.

Classrooms were temporarily converted in realistic galleries, with work from all of the college’s creative programmes on display to celebrate the talent and progression of the students over the year. Students from A Level, Vocational and Higher Education courses all got the chance to showcase their work through mixed media, sound installations, art and video presentations, as well as a huge range of fashion designs, photography and artefacts.

Students from both years in the Fashion department proudly displayed their Final Major Project garments and portfolios in the Drama studio, accompanied by custom lighting and resident DJ Charlie Loewen, who showed off his mixing skills to the guests, recreating the atmosphere of the recent Fashion Show held at the Junction, Goole.

Topics explored by full-time Art & Design students ranged from Homelessness by Megan Cahill, and Addiction by Phoebe Waring to The Seasonal Changes by Emma Homes and Energy and Electrical Impulses by Beth Enright.

First-time exhibitors and new to the curriculum, were the A Level Photography students, who displayed dramatic imagery, showing not only their expert camerawork, but also their advanced post-production editing skills using digital software and darkroom development. Pieces from A Level Art students were also on show, covering contemporary issues including Consumerism, Tourism and Freedom of Expression.

Also making their Arts Exhibition debut were Higher National Certificate Art & Design students who presented their final projects, including a short film from Josey Leetham entitled ‘Nostalgia’, and a series of candid portraits from around the globe by Abby Clark for her photography project ‘The Unknown’. 

Throughout the evening, guests had the opportunity to experience and interact with many exhibits through the use of Apple Mac computers, audio accompaniment and wall projections. Amongst the visual displays, Creative Media Production & Technology students held screenings of their latest productions and displayed accompanying portfolios of work.

Paul Belshaw, Subject Area Manager for Art & Design said, “The show represents a great team effort and all of the staff and students worked incredibly hard to put on another outstanding show of creative work this year. We celebrated some excellent work across all of the subject areas, integrating live music performances with art, fashion, moving image and photography. It was a particular pleasure to see our Higher Education Art and Design and A Level Photography students exhibiting for the first time this year, too. These are both new developments in our curriculum and offer students fantastic opportunities to reach new levels of technical excellence as they prepare for careers in the exciting creative industry.”

Published: Friday 30 Jun 2017