Aspiring artists get creative with local scenery

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

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Talented artists at Seevic College have drawn inspiration from the local scenery around Southend and Castle Point as they get ready to sell their work at exhibition.

The students, who all study BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design at the College, have created an impressive range of abstract landscape pieces based on an open brief surrounding the Thames Estuary.

And now the creative students, all aged 16 and 17, are hoping that local art lovers will snap up their work when it is placed on display at a professional exhibition - hosted by the students themselves - at Leigh Baptist Church on Saturday 15 June. Each piece of artwork has counted towards the students’ final assessment on their two-year course, and the exhibition forms part of the popular Leigh Art Trail. 

Sixteen-year-old Ida Golebiowska, whose piece was inspired by Southend’s seaside scenery, said: “I’ve never had the opportunity to display my work in a professional Gallery before, so this is a great opportunity to get my work out there and seen by the public.”

“I’ve never had the opportunity to display my work in a professional Gallery before, so this is a great opportunity." Ida Golebiowska, 16

Fellow aspiring artist Lewis Churchill, 17, added: “The projects we have worked on are so broad that you can tackle them however you want and base it around your own identity. It’s exciting to be able to display the end result in a Gallery where everyone can see it.”

The students have been involved throughout the organisational process of the exhibition – which has enabled the talented group to gain insight into how to market and sell their work in a professional environment.

Curriculum Area Leader for Art & Design at the College, Tad Blower, said: “The exhibition has given the project an important external focus, which has encouraged the students to work at a very high standard of creativity. It has also enabled them to think more as mature artists.”

The Leigh Art Trial takes place from 15 - 22 June 2013 at venues around Leigh-on-Sea, while the students’ exhibition takes place at Leigh Baptist Church on Saturday 15 June. In addition to exhibiting their work, students will be hosting a mural workshop for visitors to participate in – with the aim of creating a large scale piece of art work for display.

From September 2013 Seevic College is launched a new two-year Higher National Diploma (HND) in Art & Design – equivalent to the first two years of Degree level study. To find out more or to apply ring 01268 882 666.

Students exhibiting their work on Saturday 15 June include Lewis Churchill, Becky Hume, Zoe Harrington, Alex Beard, Gemma Roe, Emily Hendy, Courtney Thompson, Ida Golebiowska, Kelly Driscoll, Akash Patel and Bradley Batt.

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