The design skills of three Newcastle College students were selected to exhibit at the Shipley Art Gallery in Gateshead, who are currently celebrating their centenary with a programme of exhibitions and events.
The trio, who are studying a 90 Credit Diploma in Art and Design, were handpicked by the Shipley Art Gallery, after participating in a live project in which students were asked to develop a ceramic design of an environmentally sustainable home in a project titled ‘Shelter’.
Students Laurie Binney, 17 from Dudley, Holly Mather, 17 from Dunston and Jaz Ramsden, 17 from Jarrow will have their work displayed in a new exhibition space at the gallery, which showcases work from the local community and schools.
Assistant Learning Officer at The Shipley Art Gallery, Morgan Fail said: “We have a strong exhibition of ceramics at the moment and this work from Newcastle College fits in perfectly. It was so hard to choose just three designs. There was a lot of very interesting and well executed creations on show within the ‘Shelter’ project. It’s great to see the students experimenting so vividly with shapes, styles and materials, and the standard of work they’ve produced in such a short time is really impressive!”
The inspiration behind the project was to introduce students to ceramic design and give them an opportunity to work directly with a local gallery.
Lecturer, David Pyrke said: “The project is important as it not only gives our students an opportunity to develop their artistic skills but also because it introduces them to working with a commission brief set by industry. They have the unique experience of exhibiting their work to the public within an esteemed gallery, which is a huge achievement – one which would be the envy of many practicing artists!”
The students used a variety of methods in their investigation into the design of sustainable homes. They developed their work across a series of stages including scale drawings, card models and a final painted clay design. The experience was welcomed as a fantastic learning experience by the students.
Upon selection, Holly Mather said: “I was so surprised when my design was been chosen for the exhibition. I’m looking forward to seeing it within the Shipley Art Gallery exhibition! It’s been a fun project and my favourite part was probably making my model and experimenting with design. I’ve learnt a lot about how you can use clay to build a model. Now that I’ve been through the process, I think I can be a little more experimental next time, as I now have a better understanding of how clay can be used. ”
The ‘Shelter’ project was on display in Mandela Gallery at Newcastle College in May, and will move to The Shipley Art Gallery for exhibition in June. Find out more about Art and Design courses at Newcastle College.