22nd June 2020
Talented art, design and media students from Newcastle College and Stafford College, part of Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group (NSCG), will be virtually showcasing from Friday 26 June, 7pm.
This year’s end-of-year Arts Exhibition, titled ‘UNLOCKED’, will be launching virtually through a digital gallery space showcasing work encompassing all creative subjects from the NSCG’s creative faculties, including: film, illustration, 3D design, fine art, games design, graphic design, media, photography and fashion and textiles.
The College’s prestigious Arts Exhibition has risen in popularity over the years and usually welcomes hundreds of visitors annually, all keen to view the work of some of the most talented students in and around Staffordshire.
Due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, on the instruction of the Department for Education and UK Government, NSCG closed their campuses to the majority of students on Friday 20 March until further notice. To ensure the College’s creative students still got the opportunity to showcase their work, staff from NSCG have been working hard from their homes to develop a platform to virtually deliver this year’s eagerly anticipated Arts Exhibition.
Mike Kelly, Group Assistant Head of Creative Arts and Media at NSCG, said: "The end-of-year Arts Exhibitions at Newcastle College and Stafford College have always been a celebration of our student’s vision and achievement for many years, where we have created well supported events staged on-site or in venues like Stafford's Shire Hall Gallery. This year was going to be different for reasons we all appreciate, but the teaching staff and I felt it was really important for our classes of 2020 to be part of a great tradition. Mark Cruxton, our Head of Games Design & Animation at Stafford College, has designed an immersive digital gallery space to house work by students at both sites - an exciting first for us as a college.”
Mike continues: “We hope that parents, guardians, friends of NSCG and our students will dress for the occasion and ‘raise a glass’ on the night. Our students have produced some brilliant work before and during lockdown and we're immensely proud of them and believe that they will go on to have the brightest of futures in a resurgent, future UK creative sector.”
‘UNLOCKED’ will be launching on Friday 26 June at 7pm and can be accessed at nscg.ac.uk/unlocked
Both Newcastle College and Stafford College offers art, design and media courses at various levels, including A Levels and vocational qualifications targeted to schools leavers and university-level courses targeted to adults.
For more information about NSCG’s Arts Exhibition, click here.