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Students' creative work on display during end of year celebration

14 June 2024

Northbrook College recently held its much anticipated End of Year Creative Celebration event, showcasing the work of talented students.

The exhibition, held at the West Durrington campus on Wednesday 5 June, highlighting the creative talent of students from various artistic disciplines across all levels of study including higher education. 

The show saw friends, family, and members of the public view a mix of artistic mediums, paintings, garments, costumes and props displayed by students.  

During the event, several awards were also handed out to the ‘best in show’ pieces – as voted for by staff across the campus.

Fashion & Textile student, Bonnie Fraser’s ‘Officers’ Experience’ piece – a reversible jacket inspired by Brixton Prison with a cyanotype printed lining feature her grandfather – was named ‘Best in Show’ for Further Education (FE).

Bonnie said: “I’m an older student, so I’ve come back to college which was really scary to start with but now I feel really confident in myself and what I’ve chosen to do.

“I’ve had so much support from my teachers and the technicians, which has been amazing.

“I think I’ve come a long way personally and with my work as well. I’ve got another year, but I’ve just had the best time so far.”

And for Higher Education (HE), the award went to Dave Cassan – a BA Photography student – in recognition of his minimalist isolation landscape images.

Meanwhile Amelie Potts was received the ‘Head of Department’ award. The Production Arts student won the prize after creating a beautiful life-size puppet, made using needle felting techniques.

Notable runners up were Lily Page and Tommy Beddie for the FE category, and Pamela Bambrick and Aileen Wright in the HE category.

Helena Thomas, Principal of Northbrook College, said: “This was a wonderful exhibition, showcasing the phenomenal work of our students across a range of courses, including our full-time level three as well as our University of Arts (UAL) degree courses.

“There is so much talent here at Northbrook, and every year this show just gets bigger and better.

“Our end of the shows are a testament to the hard work, passion and skill of our students.”

Art and Design student Kira Macdonald was also among the students showcasing their work, following the completion of her foundation diploma. She reflected on her time at the college and said: “My highlight was definitely the atmosphere; I feel like everybody is into their subjects.  

“People are actually interested in other people’s artwork and don’t judge each other or make you feel like you’re not welcome. It’s the atmosphere and the people.” 

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