Emerging art and design entrepreneurs will be showcasing their work this month with the opening of the 'Astound 2014' exhibition at the Nicholson Art Gallery in Leek.
All the exhibitors are mature students studying art and design at Buxton and Leek College.
Visitors to the exhibition in Stockwell Street, will have a chance to buy unique works of art including paintings, ceramics, glass, photography and prints. The work is produced by all three years of students studying part time for their Foundation Degree in Creative Art and Design Practice and the event has been sponsored by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council with additional sponsors including many local businesses.
Visitors will have a chance to meet the artists and there will be a series of free public workshops. For children there will be a colouring competition involving local primary schools and an opportunity for those visiting the exhibition to take part in an interactive sculpture with free entry to prize draws for all.
Among the exhibitors will be Fay Salt, aged 24 from Leek, who works for Wedgwood as a junior designer. Fay, pictured right, has been designing wallpapers and will feature some of her designs for sale as framed prints. She said: "I went to work at Wedgwood straight from school and, although I have experience as an artist, I don't have the qualifications to back it up so chose to do the Foundation Degree course on day release from my job.
"The course has been really good and has given me a great opportunity. I now aim to top up my studies with an honours degree."
Fellow exhibitor Fiona Jane Brocklehurst, aged 46 from Biddulph, pictured left, has specialised in photography and is aiming for a change of career. She has photographed some major Leek and Buxton landmarks such as Leek's Nicholson War Memorial, the Butter Market and St Edward's Church and key Buxton buildings including The Dome and The Crescent which will feature on glass panels aimed at outdoor installation.
The exhibition opens on Saturday (May 24) and will run for three-weeks until Saturday June 14 with doors open from 10am until 4pm (closed Sundays and Bank holidays).