12th June 2017
The York College Creative Show 2017, marks the 175th anniversary of the York School of Design (established in 1842); one of the first design schools outside of London. The exhibition, by Further Education and Higher Education students, presents inspirational creativity from a range of disciplines; drawing, painting, print-making, glass, ceramics, jewellery, sculpture, 3D, product design, film, digital imaging, animation, photography, fashion, design and graphics.
The Creative Show’s Vocational exhibition includes work by Foundation Art (Post Level 3) students who are progressing to prestigious Art Schools and university destinations. Angela Newdick, Course Leader for the Foundation Diploma says: “We are really proud of all of our students’ successes this year on the Foundation Diploma. Year on year our students receive offers at many of the top destinations to study art and design and this year is no exception. These students in particular have beaten hundreds of other students to gain places on these very prestigious and highly selective courses”.
Student Peter Cotton, formerly of Norton College, has gained a place at University College London to study Architecture. In preparation for university study, Peter has been looking at contemporary sculpture and says: “I knew I wanted to do something design based; work on a large scale and affect people’s lives. I’m really looking forward to studying at UCL as it is the most conceptual, art-based architecture school and is really cutting-edge.”
Pamela Thorby’s ‘Wondrous Machine’ installation shows the changing perception of reality. Pamela took on the Art Foundation course at York College after training as a classical musician. She is challenging her creativity to becoming a visual artist and developing her own identity as an artist. Pamela is progressing to the University of Leeds to study Fine Art.
Louise Dearing, previously of Harrogate Grammar, is one of two students on the Art Foundation course who has been offered a place to study Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art, she says: “I definitely wouldn’t have got into Chelsea College of Art if I hadn’t done this course. The tutors push you to do things out of your comfort zone. To study at university level you need to be unique and have your own style which is something I’ve been able to develop. The Foundation course has pushed me to make my own work in my own way and has encouraged me to work on my own. For my final project I have been inspired by the different subjective and objective aspects of ‘self’ and how people can be perceived differently.”
The York College Creative Show (Vocational exhibition) opens with a private view on Thursday 15th June, and runs from Friday 16th June – Thursday 22nd June (Saturday: 10am - 12noon, and closed on Sunday), in the College’s Art and Design Studios (2nd and 3rd floors) on Sim Balk Lane.