Students' delight as public can visit art exhibition

Annick Cottom's art work.

After a challenging 18 months, a group of six art students are delighted that their work will be showcased at a 'live' month-long exhibition.

The six artists are studying the Foundation Degree in Creative Art & Design Practice at the highly regarded Leek School of Art, Buxton & Leek College had feared the event would have to be held online.

But with restrictions lifting, their exhibition opening on 29 May will feature a culmination of three year’s work, specialising in areas such as textiles, fine art, glass, ceramics, and printmaking.

Student artist Cath Littlewood said: “The Covid restrictions were awful for the group’s cohesive way of working, we relied on internet-based lessons, and encountered frequent connection problems.

“Of course, it meant no access to college facilities either. The news that we could proceed with an exhibition in the college is brilliant, but it’s been a very busy time”.

Cath Littlewood's art work 

Fellow student Tony Simon added: “An online event seemed the only possibility throughout lockdown, everyone is so happy to see the public experience the exhibition as it was originally intended.

“Art ideally should be viewed directly, not through a computer screen or smartphone”. 

Entrepreneurial Practice Lecturer Chris Thompson praised his students for “going above and beyond” and paid thanks to guest artists and gallery owners for their support.

Astound 21 will be held in the original Leek School of Art Sugden building at Buxton & Leek College in Leek.

It will be open to the public every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 29 May to 19 June (closed Friday 11 June).

Take a look at Facebook: @astound or Instagram: @6viewsart for further details. 

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