Largest exhibition of its kind to go online
Traditionally, at this time of year, Coleg Sir Gar’s Carmarthen School of Art would have converted the studio and workshop areas at its Job’s Well Road campus into one large gallery space, to showcase the work of art and design degree students.
This is always followed with an additional exhibition from further education students who are studying at level one to three.
Coleg Ceredigion would also be installing their end of year show in the Arts Centre in Aberystwyth University.
This year, despite the global pandemic, staff have created a virtual showcase to celebrate the achievements, creativity and innovation of final year students from all art and design courses.
Head of Carmarthen School of Art, Paula Phillips Davies said: “We have tapped into the expertise of our 3D design & virtual reality, concept art, illustration and photography degree courses to build a virtual gallery.
“As a result, we will be able to show the incredible work that our students have created.
“This online gallery has provided a fabulous opportunity to be even more ambitious than ever; it will be the first time we will be able to showcase the work of all of our degrees and further education courses at the same time ‘under one roof’.
“In addition, we have also invited our colleagues from art and design at Coleg Ceredigion to exhibit their students work with us in what will become the largest exhibition of its kind.”
Students have had a real challenge on their hands to adapt to what has been an unexpected end to their courses but their efforts have been exceptional.
Textiles degree student Imogen Mills said: “There was a sense of loss, from the abrupt end.
“But born of the grief was the chance to reconvene. Quiet, stillness and time created resilience and invention.
“The sense of community was not lost in these locked away days, daily driving us forward.
“This is our show; the culmination of extraordinary tenacity and the abundant adaptability of artists.”
Visitors can expect to see work from a full range of disciplines including ceramics and jewellery, digital illustration, fashion, painting, drawing and printmaking, graphics, photography, sculpture, textiles, mixed media, animation, video and multi-disciplinary work.
The public are encouraged to view the exhibition from the comfort of their own homes for the unveiling of the virtual exhibition.
The exhibition will be available throughout the summer.
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