Guildford College showcases visual arts talent at end-of-year exhibition – FE News


Guildford College photography and art students welcomed friends, family and members of the public to their end-of-year art and photography exhibition.

It was the first time since 2019 that the college could host a gallery collection, due to the pandemic, and the students produced outstanding work reflecting the past two years with all its challenges.

The Stoke Road campus photography studio has been transformed into a fantastic art gallery by students from our Visual Arts and Design programmes, showcasing the best of their creative work throughout the year.

The gallery had about fifteen busy hours, welcoming a large number of visitors delighted to finally be able to see the collection face to face!

Open to staff and students until Thursday, June 30, the exhibition features work by students from Levels 1, 2 and 3 and showcases a range of artistic styles including fashion, photography, mixed media, painting and sculpture, as well as stunning interactive artwork. facilities.

Lots of inspiration was drawn from a wide range of topics such as nature, current affairs, environment and identity.

A diverse collection of creative works

One of the most striking pieces is a huge oil painting of an underwater scene, created by second-year, Level 3 student Daniel Channon. Daniel won the award for Best Major Final Project and said of his work:

“I recently started scuba diving as a hobby and became even more fascinated by the underwater world. I decided to express my passion for being underwater through art Over the Easter holidays I went diving in Cornwall and saw so much sea life that I decided to focus my last article on this particular experience.

“The painting was done in water mixable oil on a large 159 x 106 cm canvas – the largest canvas I have ever worked on!

“I decided to combine abstract with realism and applied layers of blue and green to give the appearance of British waters, then added detail to the rays of light, the whale skeleton and the wreck as well as the fish shown in this scene.

“I am very happy with how it has gone and now hope to continue and start the Art Foundation program here at Guildford College as I love it here and everyone has been so supportive and friendly.”

The dark side of creativity shines through

Adam Anscombe received the Student of the Year award for his outstanding work throughout the year. His sinister year-end installation was titled “Saw” and was inspired by the film of the same title.

He said: “The installation elaborates on the darker side of myself as an artist. I wanted to emphasize the trauma and suspense seen in the horror ‘Saw’. I used the process of repeating patterns to create an overwhelming number of images, to highlight the upheaval and panic you might feel when experiencing this installation.

Adam is now ready to pursue his path in art as he begins a degree program in illustration at UCA Farnham in September.

Celebrate Happiness

Sophomore, Level 3 student Gloria Stanovnik received Student of the Year and Best Major Final Project accolades for her outstanding study of happiness as an emotion.

Gloria said of her multimedia installation, “My main goal was to explore emotions and facial expression, more specifically the feeling of happiness that you see in family photography.

“I decided to interview family members while recording them as they looked at their own personally selected image from the past, capturing their true emotions for my later pencil illustrations inspired by Chuck Close and his style of realism. .”

Gloria returns to Guildford College in September to complete her second year and we can’t wait to see what she delivers for next year’s exhibition!

An extra special event

Guildford College Visual Arts Tutor Chris Saunders added: “I am so proud of our students who have shown resilience and commitment to succeed despite the challenges of the past two years. The fact that we were able to invite the public to view our outstanding collection of creative talent is also very special. »

“Our students have, once again, succeeded in producing high-level work that perfectly showcases the level of talent that we are always proud to cultivate at the college.

“We wish all of our final second year students the best of luck in their future endeavours, and look forward to welcoming new learners to Guildford College in September.”

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