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Students' show offers eclectic mix of art, drama and media

By West Briton  |  Posted: June 14, 2012

  • A fire safety poster designed by Media student Stephanie Lister, from Hayle.

  • A ceramic piece produced by Caroline Parker from Hayle.

  • Retired lawyer Colin Gillingham, from Troon, is now a ceramic foundation degree student.

  • Students will be showing their Filmschool 2012 production, Birdbrain.

  • Photography student Amy Rawlings from Carbis Bay shoots a picture postcard shot at Porthminster beach.

  • A-level photography student Luke Caddy, from Hayle, captures a silhouette of a person on a swing.

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ARTS and media students are showcasing projects which have seen them working with an eclectic range of clients, from the Boardmasters Festival and the Heartlands Project, to the fire brigade and mental health services.

The annual arts and media summer show at Cornwall College Camborne will see members of the region's artistic community, as well as family and friends, invited to the Private View on Friday, June 22, from 6pm to 9pm, before it opens to the public the following week, where they can enjoy a myriad of entertainment as well as highlights of the students' work.

A wide range of disciplines will be on display including animation, fine art, media, ceramics, photography, journalism, multi-media, performing arts, fashion, clothing, graphics and furniture design.

Level two art and design students will be showing off their designs, including a whale to be lit up as a lantern that appears on the cliffs of Watergate Bay for their client during the Boardmasters Festival in Newquay.

Kiyah-Rose Hawken said: "This is my first time producing a piece for a client and I'm glad I've had this opportunity as it helps me prepare for a future as an artist. I can't wait to see the piece at the festival as it's a large piece using the same technique as I used for the City of Lights."

Blurring the boundaries

Students from the foundation degree (FdA) in contemporary creative practice, a new art and design course at the college, aiming to blur the boundaries between traditional disciplines, will be exhibiting work that played key roles in the opening of the Heartlands Project in Pool and the City of Lights Festival in Truro.

They have also taken part in a collaborative project with fine art students from Hereford College of Art and in their first year of the course exhibited at the British Art Show 7 in Plymouth.

The access to higher education (HE) diploma and the foundation diploma in art and design students' work on show on Tamar's fourth floor is as diverse as their age range, from 19 years to 50-plus, with inspiration drawn from levitation, Cornish tin mining, the human form, the atrocities of war and cupcakes.

Retired lawyer Colin Gillingham, whose five years studying access to HE art and the FdA contemporary ceramic practice courses are coming to an end, has been visiting studios around the country to inspire his practice and is looking forward to exhibiting the products of his labour.

He said: "Besides throwing and hand-building pieces, the college studio and library facilities have led to my research dipping into ever-widening horizons of history, design, aesthetics and practice worldwide. But nothing has equalled the challenge and thrill of investigating, mixing and firing our own glazes.

"The generous encouragement, tuition and stimulus of all the college staff has been invaluable – often at times when the daily pressures of life have weighed heavily."

Live performance piece

Sheila Ivey, studying FdA fine art, who joined the access to HE art four years ago and is now progressing to University College Falmouth to complete her BA Hons, is set to do a live performance piece.

She said: "It gives me great pleasure that 'the mysterious red man' and myself will be doing a live performance piece, which I believe is the first time this has been done by a fine art student at this college."

The performance, titled Surgical Drawing, is about boundaries which will be represented as a silhouette of the 'red man'.

As usual, the media students will also be putting on quite a show, from stunning images by A-level photography, to a special 66-page show magazine handed out to all guests, produced by journalism and graphic design students.

The media element this year features an explosive mix of student work ranging from short film, animation, game design, graphic design and documentary.

Highlights include this year's Film School production Birdbrain, a poster campaign project working with Devon and Cornwall Fire Service and the NHS, live web casts and a drink-driving awareness animation featuring a bumble bee.

Extended diploma media production course manager Rory Mason said: "The media exhibition will be on floor two of the Tamar building, so why not come along, sit down, relax and be entertained while enjoying some of our complementary popcorn."

There will also be a gaming room, with multiplayer competitions taking place on all modern platforms. And for those who want to sing and dance dBs music students are planning to have DJs and an eclectic mix of bands playing on an outside stage.

Performing arts students will be putting on the last night of Sweeney Todd in the college's Avalon Theatre at 7.30pm.

The exhibition will be open to the public from Monday, June 25 to Friday June 29, 10am and 4pm, when local schools will be invited for the ever-popular guided tours and workshops.

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