Art exhibition shows biggest range of creativity

Art students from Barrow Sixth Form have exhibited their work in a display that shows the biggest range of creativity to date.

Thirteen students, who are all on the foundation course at the Rating Lane campus, showcased their final major projects.

They ranged from interior design of a hotel to a luxury holiday home retreat, sporting-themed decoration for a gym to a sculpture trail for Grizedale Forest.

Nikki Conigliaro, who leads art and design at the college, said the students who wanted to go to university have all secured places, with the majority getting their first-choice.

“We also have a couple of students who have enjoyed the course and now want to pursue other areas including primary teaching and sports performance and fitness teaching, which shows how art can be combined successfully with other studies,” she said. “We have had so much variety this year with animation, architecture, graphic design, textiles, interiors, sculpture and fashion design.”

She said the industry was worth £101billion a year to the UK economy.

Lauren Baines based her project on support for the arts, developing a series of posters to highlight the need for art in life. She will go to Leeds to study a photography degree.

Charisse Gozun, who had not studied art at GCSE, has got into Kingston University in London to study interior design on the strength of her work, her final project was interior designs for a luxury hotel.

Sam Dudley will head to Solent University in Southampton to follow his passion for sport, which he incorporated into his final project.

Lauren Niven’s project to build a holiday annex included lit scale models was one of the stand-outs of the exhibition.

“It was extremely well researched and took into account the regulations of the national park, she even considered the angle of the solar panels to maximise energy and the positioning on the plot of land, there was so much detail,” said Nikki. Lauren will study architecture at university.

The students exhibiting were: Lauren Baines, Nadya Cheetham, Caitlin Daw, Sam Dudley, Charisse Gozun, Charlotte Hutton, Brianna Morrish, Tom Mortlock-Jackson, Lauren Niven, Jussy Saltiga, Lois Taylor, Jake Whillance and Megan Yip.

The BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is a one-year post A level course to prepare students for entry to degree-level art and design programmes. It runs at the college’s Centre for Excellence for Art and Design at Rating Lane and aims to develop conceptual and practical skills so students can make the most of a university course.

Photo: The students are pictured with tutors Nikki Conigliaro and Andy Currie-Scarr in front of Lauren Baines’ project supporting the arts.

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