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Art story April 9

Former York College Student Returns to Showcase Textile Exhibition Inspired by Psoriasis Journey

In a poignant homecoming, former York College student Bronte Teal, returns to York College & University Centre to unveil an exhibition that intertwines art, identity, and personal struggle.

The exhibition will be on display in York College's Art Gallery until 18th April and invites visitors to explore the intersection of art, identity, and resilience through Bronte's unique perspective.

Bronte, who studied the Art & Design Foundation course, is now a freelance fine artist who works with screen printing, textiles, and installation. Her work showcases and explores the issues surrounding her skin condition, psoriasis.

The Art & Design Foundation course studied by Bronte provides the transition from general education to specialist art and design education. Specialist areas include Fine Art, Fashion and Textiles, Graphic Design and Illustration, and Three Dimensional Design.

Bronte uses photographs of her flare ups which are edited to reveal the patterns within, and are then screen printed onto predominantly fabric surfaces. Bronte’s work contemplates all the aspects of living with the condition, including its unpredictable nature which is embedded in her process.

These particular fabric drops showcase treatment on the scalp, with the bold prints complementing the fragile and tactile qualities of the fabric.

Psoriasis, a chronic autoimmune condition characterised by patches of red, itchy, and scaly skin, affects over 125 million people worldwide. Yet, despite its prevalence, the condition remains widely misunderstood. Bronte, however, has found a unique way to confront the stigma surrounding psoriasis through her art.

Bronte’s return to York College to showcase her exhibition holds special significance. It was here, within the walls of the College's art studios, that she first discovered her passion for textile design. Now, she returns as a seasoned artist, ready to share her story in the hope to inspire others.

Learn more

For more information on the Art & Design Foundation course, click here.

For help and support with psoriasis, visit the National Psoriasis Foundation website.