Seevic College student's auction raises £1,200
Wednesday, 09 December 2015
Seevic College hosted its annual Christmas Art Auction on Thursday 3 December. Taking place in The Octagon Theatre from 6-8pm, this was an opportunity for the public to purchase unique hand crafted artwork, perfect for a Christmas gift.
Students who are currently studying the Art Foundation Diploma at Seevic have been preparing since the beginning of November for their artwork to be auctioned on the night.
The Foundation Art students have taken part in a project called ‘400%’, to each produce a unique product to auction off, in order to raise funds for their End of Year Show. The students raised £1,200 towards the costs of displaying their artwork in a London Art Gallery
Jodie Key, 19, sold her artwork for an impressive £70. Jodie created a collection of slow shutter photographs. She said “It was a weird experience – before it started I didn’t even think it would sell let alone for the highest amount.” Jodie added “I was so amazed that it was a complete stranger who purchased my work – it was so satisfying.”
On the night, viewing started at 6pm allowing guests to look at all the designs that would be on sale. Bidding then begun at 7pm where students waited nervously for someone to bid on their product. Dave Brock, Head of Vocational Studies, worked the audience to get them bidding as all good auctioneers should.
Tad Blower, Head of Creative Arts said “This was a fantastically fun evening of fund raising and showcasing of some truly sophisticated and original artwork. Not only did the students raise money towards their End of Year Show, but they developed a stronger understanding of the value of art and the entrepreneurial side of being a designer and maker.”
“This was a wonderful opportunity for the Foundation Art students to not only exhibit the hard work they have put into this project, but for an evening of excitement and enjoyment for all, it even got a bit tense at times as some real bidding wars got underway.”
Joanne Colley, 19, created a glow in the dark clock which was auctioned for £25. Joanne said “It was really hard trying to create something that other people would like – it was so stressful however when people started bidding it gave me so much confidence in my own work and was a totally new experience that I would love to do again”
Seevic offer the Art Foundation Diploma as a progression route for students who have completed A-Levels or BTEC to progress to a specialist art College or employment in the Creative Arts Industry. To find out more about the College’s higher education courses visit www.seevic-college.ac.uk. The next Open Evening will take place on Tuesday 2 February 5:30-8pm.