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Art attack! College students across the borough exhibit the best of their art

Currently in Tameside there are two exhibitions showing off a range of art and styles from two Tameside colleges – we went along to take a look.

Ashton Old Baths -

Art students from Clarendon Sixth Form have been  showcasing their artwork at the former swimming baths.

The ‘Experiment: Create’ art show took place on 25th January will launch the promotion of students’ employability, entrepreneurial and networking skills. The artwork had the aim of attracting the interest of employers who work in the business innovation centre, and students of the college displayed a wide range of art disciplines including photography, fashion and much more.

Ruth James of Tameside college told us more about the exhibition and what was on display that evening. “This exhibition is of creative students work. Students are on a range of courses. Some of the work upstairs are scannable and you can see audio and moving pieces of work. Really it is a small pop up exhibition in an amazing space celebrating the works. We have forty students overall that are exhibiting their work today and we try to encourage everyone’s differences on the courses, so they can explore their own ideas starting off with skills and knowledge and can then stretch themselves into their next steps whether that be into employment or university.”

Astley Cheetham Art Gallery –

From the 20 January – 20 April 2024 the “Inspired by… Clarendon College” exhibition was held in Stalybridges’ Astley Cheetham gallery. The art students from Clarendon College have taken inspiration from the Astley Cheetham art collection to create a unique exhibition. The exhibit features textiles, sculpture, paintings, photography and drawings, and it showcases a lot of attention to detail from the students. The concept of the exhibition is to create a unique interpretation of famous artworks. The art on display is a result of 10 weeks of hard work and studying the original paintings to create something truly unique. The exhibition will be visited this coming Saturday by the mayor and the artists that have hung their artworks at the gallery.

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