Creative students find inspiration in refurbishment of Benfleet Campus

Friday, 15 March 2013

Creative -students -find -inspiration -in -refurbishment -of -Benfleet -CampusArt & Design students at Seevic College have used the major refurbishment work taking place at the College as an opportunity to display their own Banksy-inspired artwork prominently around Campus.

Eight creative students have plastered their thought-provoking pieces across the College’s busy Student Restaurant, which is currently being renovated as part of a £6million refurbishment programme at Runnymede Chase.

The students used the stencilling techniques made famous by graffiti artists like Banksy over a three day period, in full view of staff and students enjoying their lunch in the Restaurant.

Seventeen-year-old Art & Design student Becky Hume, who previously attended Shoeburyness High School, said: “My final piece took me three days to complete. I was quite nervous about painting in public, but it’s actually really helped my confidence.”

"A lot of the pieces are quite thought-provoking - I hope they will inspire visitors." Lewis Churchill, 17

Fellow Art & Design student Lewis Churchill, also 17 and who previously attended King John School in Benfleet, added: “The artwork really improves the environment during the building work. A lot of the pieces are quite thought-provoking - I hope they will inspire visitors.”

The students all study BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design at the College, a full-time vocational qualification equivalent to three A-Levels.

Tad Blower, Curriculum Area Leader for Art & Design, said: “The building work taking place at the College presented our learners with a great opportunity to make use of the environment around them. Their work has really added character to the restaurant and has been well received by students, staff and visitors alike.”

Seevic College offers a range of Art & Design courses, including vocational and A-Level pathways.

A new Higher National Diploma (HND) in Art & Design, equivalent to the first year of degree level study, also launches in September 2013.

To find out more visit the College’s next Benfleet Campus Open Evening on Tuesday 30 April, 6-9pm, or ring 01268 882666 for information, advice and guidance.

Refurbishment of Seevic College’s Benfleet Campus began in February 2013 and is set to be completed in September.

The project will see an impressive new glass frontage added to the main Campus building, in addition to refurbished classrooms, a refurbished Student Restaurant and the creation of new social areas for students.

Seevic College Art & Design students (top row) Ida Golebiowska, 16, Emily Walby, 17, Courtney Thompson, 16, Bradley Batt, 17, Lucy Renaud, 17, and (bottom row) Akash Patel, 16, Becky Hume , 17 Lewis Churchill, 17.

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