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College display of art

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: June 19, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Art Student Lucinda Dono.

  • Art Student Lucinda Dono.

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Students from Leek School of Art, which is part of Buxton & Leek College are currently showcasing their talent at the College's end of year art and design exhibition, 'Art Fest' which is running until Friday (June 20).

The students, who are studying on a variety of programmes including the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, A Level Photography and BTEC Art & Design, will exhibit their work at the historic Leek School of Art, on Stockwell Street which opened in 1884.

Student Lucinda Dono, aged 18 from Weston Coyney was inspired by artist Wes Anderson, an American film director and screenwriter who is known for his distinctive visual and narrative style. She said: "I'm doing the illustration pathway for my course but didn't just want to do a 2D project. Using 3D boxes with items in has allowed me to represent each of the characters I've created and brings the whole project to life."

Kinga Sciebura, aged 19 from Ashbourne took inspiration from her holidays to create printed wall paper and cushions. She said: "Making my final pieces has taught me lots of different techniques

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like screen printing and transfer printing.

"I've used these skills to start creating my own collection of printed canvas shopping bags which I sell."

Emily Kinder a student on the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design course, who will be starting university in September, said: "Buxton & Leek College has really helped and supported me throughout the course and enabled me to achieve my ambition to study surface pattern design."

Suzanne Mellor, Course Leader for the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, said: "There is real hive of creativity and artistic flair within Leek School of Art with students specialising in a broad range of areas. We have students now going off to University to study degrees in photography, fine art, illustration, graphics, fashion and textiles. The end of year exhibition showcases the students' fantastic work and has something for everyone, whichever area of art and design appeals to you."

This will be the last year that the exhibition will take place at this venue as from early 2015 the students will move to a brand new art and design facility off Union Street in Leek.

The improvements, which are set to cost £6.8 million, will include dedicated studios for textiles and fashion, 3D design, pottery and ceramics, life drawing and visual studies; providing the students with contemporary, state of the art facilities.

Work in the show ranges from illustration and graphic design to textiles and fashion, photography and fine art. The exhibition at Leek School of Art, on Stockwell Street, Leek is open to the public from 10am-4pm each day and entry is free.

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