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7th June 2019

The York College Creative Show is an extensive exhibition of work by Further Education and Higher Education showcasing 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.

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The Vocational exhibition includes work from students studying the Art and Design Diploma and Extended Diplomas in Art and Design from Level 1, 2 and 3, as well as Foundation Diploma students progressing to prestigious Art Schools and university destinations. Course Leader, Angela Newdick says: “There is so much diversity in the Show this year, with an incredible selection of ambitious work. There’s lots of cross-over from the different art and design disciplines, as is reflected in industry currently. The students have produced some fantastic work and we are extremely proud of them all.”

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The Vocational exhibition opens with a Private View on Thursday 13th June and runs from Friday 14th – Wednesday 19th June (10.00am – 5.00pm), including Saturday 15th June (10.00am – 12noon).  Here are some examples of work by Foundation Diploma Post Level 3 students:

Bronia Gardner (age 59) travels from Durham, four days a week, to study the Foundation Diploma at York College. Her three large historical black and white photographs, used for social documentation, show how it was in Eastern Poland in 1938. However, Bronia’s research shows, as with social media today, the photographs only show what people wanted to see, but the threads she has pulled through the photograph show the reality and truth from that time, they pull the past and present together.  Bronia has an unconditional place to study an MA in Fine Art at The University of Leeds. 

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Lara Mattinson (age 19, and formerly of Huntington School) is progressing to Nottingham Trent University to study Product & Furniture Design. Her work comes from her initial confusion about her final project and she decided to use her thoughts to put her work together like a puzzle, using different shapes, strong colours and ideas.

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Mhairi Maxwell (age 19, and formerly of Ripon Grammar School) has an immersive piece exploring the expanded field of painting. Mhairi created an environment for people to experience painting in different ways eg; sculpture and installation. In September she will continue her passion for painting at Edinburgh College of Art.

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Ellie Ibbotson (age 18, and formerly of King James School, Knaresborough) progressed from the two year Extended Diploma Art & Design Level 3 course at York College to the one year Foundation Diploma. She explains: “My work is an exploration of materiality and making, working with shapes and patterns linked to periods of anxiety I experienced. I restricted the shapes through different materials and then contradicted them. I also utilised the space to see how an audience navigates my work.” Ellie will study a degree in Intermedia at Edinburgh College of Art.

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Christabel Genn (age 22) has experienced all types of art & design whilst on the course, before specialising in Illustration. For the Creative Show Christabel has created a celebration of all her favourite characters from paintings over the centuries. She will be studying Illustration at Edinburgh College of Art.

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Rob Baxter, Head of Art & Design at York College is proud of this year’s Show: “The impressive work in this year’s Show is nothing short of amazing. There is so much talent on display and our students excel in every creative discipline. I am so proud of all the staff and students who have contributed to this year’s Show and urge people to come along to see the work for themselves.”

Further exhibitions feature work from the BA (Hons) Degree courses in Contemporary Craft, Fashion Design & Production and Graphic Design at York St John University: Private View on Friday 14th June (6.00pm – 8.00pm) and running from Saturday 15th – Thursday 20th June (10.00am – 5.00pm).

The final exhibition of The Creative Show has the very best work from students studying A Levels in Fine Art, Photography and Textiles and students studying Access courses in Creative Art, Design and Media. The exhibition, in the Art & Design studios at York College, has a Private View is on Thursday 27th June (6.00pm – 8.00pm) and then from Friday 28th June – Wednesday 3rd July (10.00am – 5.00pm), including Saturday 29th June (10.00am – 12noon).


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