City College Norwich’s Creative Arts students unveiled their latest creations as hundreds gathered for the private view of their annual End of Year Show on Thursday 22nd June.
The City College Norwich Creative Arts End of Year Show provides an opportunity for members of the public to see some of the most exciting new talent from the college’s progressing Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 and Foundation Diploma students. The work is diverse and celebratory, challenging and thought-provoking; representing the broad range of Creative Arts subjects taught at City College Norwich.
The show features work from: Art & Design, Creative Media, Fashion & Textiles, Fine Art, Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, Graphics Design & Illustration, Interactive Media, Foundation Diploma Media Learning Company and Photography. This year’s exhibition also features work from the college’s two new Level 3 diplomas in 3D Spatial Design and Fashion Communications.
The exhibition, which is currently on show in the college’s iconic Creative Arts Building, on the Ipswich Road campus, is an ideal place to buy work from emerging up-and-coming artists with much of the work on display for sale. It is also an opportunity to network and forge links with the next generation of creative thinkers and creative practitioners. Alongside this, the private view also saw a number of students collecting awards for outstanding work in their individual specialist subject areas.
|Henny James, 19, from Fakenham. Studied Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design and is now going to study fine art at Central St Martins in London.
“My installation piece features lots of mediums including fabric, different painted boards, photo gels and objects. My piece is about utilising materials around you to create a positive space for you to be in. It represents that you don’t need these materialistic objects to be happy and that it’s all about what you choose to surround yourself with - it’s all about the colour and positivity. It’s really exciting to display my work in an exhibition like this. I’ve found my time at City College Norwich fantastic and I’ve really enjoyed myself. I was a bit apprehensive before I came because I didn’t know anyone here but I’ve really enjoyed it and I’d recommend the course to anyone who wants an extra year to make up their mind about art or what sort of direction they want to go into.”
|Athina Lloyd-Johnson, 17, from Norwich. Studied Level 1 Art & Design and is going on to study Level 3 Art & Design.
“I wanted to experiment with texture and light and dark and paint people’s faces, I really like drawing faces, it’s a graphite drawing. Displaying my work in the exhibition feels different to what I’ve done before because this is the first time I have done anything like this but I like having other people see my work. I’ve found my time at City College Norwich good - the best bit has been doing art in class. I’m jumping a level and going on to level 3 fine art. I want to go on to university after and maybe do digital art.
|James Hothi, 17, from Brundall. Studied Level 1 Art & Design and is going on to study Level 3 Art & Design before going to university to study digital animation.
“My piece is a 3d animation based on my own characters that I created purely for the project. The animation is about a father who’s had a tragic past and whose mind amalgamates into something fierce. I’ve had inspirations from previous projects and games. I’m honoured to have my work displayed in an exhibition like this, it’s good to have hard work recognised and it feels like it’s all for something. I’ve found my time here really good, I’ve settled in nicely, all the teachers and students here are really nice, they’re really supportive and I feel like they’ve helped me influence my skills into my work in a way where it helps me develop further.”
|Sara Rae, 18, from North Walsham. Studied Level 3 Photography and is going to study photography at the University of Suffolk.
“My piece is about my grandfather’s hitchhike to Benin – I’ve recreated his adventures with silhouettes. I was nervous to display my work but it’s really cool to see people walk past and see their reactions to my art in the exhibition. It has also been helpful to see what people have liked and disliked too. My time at City College Norwich has been really good, I’ve gained a lot of skills from using professional practices, going on trips and talking to people who have come in to teach us.”
|Maria Barreiros, 19, from Norwich. Studied Level 2 Art & Design and is now going to study City College Norwich’s 3D spatial design course.
“My piece is about bees and homeless people so I mixed the two together to get a nice shape, homeless people tents all the time, I put colours on it and some patterns of bees. It feels good and different to have my work exhibited. My time at City College Norwich has been good and I’ve enjoyed it.”
|Jem Doktor, 19, from Norwich. Studied Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design and is now going to study architecture at the Cardiff University.
“I wanted to create something complex and I was really interested in the idea of how culture has changed and developed into people having lots of different identities. I like the idea that the body is composed in an architectural space. I’ve found my time at City College Norwich really useful, I did it to build up my qualifications after sixth form to get into university. I’ve really enjoyed being here and it’s been a good creative space to work in.”