14th February 2019
A former Art & Design student has returned to York College to engage with students on an Arts Council funded project based on the emergency services.
Paul Digby has been awarded three separate Arts Council grants to complete a three year project celebrating people on the front line of the UK’s public sector. He is producing a series of full-figure portraits, in drawings and sculptures, to highlight scenarios, relationships and personalities in the emergency services, in response to classical Greek culture.
Working closely with education establishments, Paul was pleased to return to York College to share his work and experiences with current Extended Diploma and degree level Contemporary Craft students. During his visit he was filmed working on fire-fighter and policeman profile sculptures.
Paul remembers his studies at York College with great fondness. He says: “It’s good to be back in the art studios here and to talk with current students. This particular project is close to my heart - I am passionate about the wonderful work that goes on across all the emergency services, and the amazing people working on the front line.”
Paul studied BTEC 1st Diploma in Design (1991-92), BTEC General Art and Design (1992-94) at York College, progressing to Norwich University to study a degree in Visual Studies, and then completed an MA in Fine Art at Leeds University. Over the last twenty years he has been a successful practicing artist, working around the country. He is looking forward to exhibiting this particular project at York College later in the year and touring the work in Norwich, Manchester, Sheffield and North Lincolnshire.