It is the time of year when final year students begin to complete their portfolios, undertake examinations and assignments; and prepare in earnest for their next steps. It’s also a great opportunity to reflect on some of the highlights from this academic year, ‘The Green Project’ was a real stand-out.
Sixteen Havant Sixth Form College students studying Pre-Degree Foundation and BTEC Extended Diploma in Art & Design prepared and put on their first public exhibition at Langstone Technology Park, a business park in Havant.
The Green Project: Art and the Environment in 2016 was an exhibition exploring the current ecological and social issues in modern society. It showcased a range of works from the young artists in mediums including sculpture, design, fine art and illustration.
Each piece on display explored a different environmental issue; raising awareness and inspiring action. The exhibition was organised in conjunction with Fasset, the facilities management company at Langstone Technology Park and employees based there were invited to view. The feedback was extremely positive.
BTEC Art & Design student Emily Dunstan, formerly St John’s College, said “we aim to explore the environmental issues that directly affect our society, through art works that inspire others, to take action in their own individual way. We hope the exhibition is thought provoking and engaging to the public as it has been for us”.
BTEC Art & Design student Jessica Head, formerly The Academy, Selsey said “It was good to see our work in a venue which gave us a boost in confidence seeing all the hard work paying off.”
Pre-Degree Foundation Course student Finlay Whitfield, formerly The Academy, Selsey said "The exhibition was a real chance to work with a client and produce a piece of work to meet the brief, was a great chance to emulate professional practice"
BTEC Art & Design student Natasha Harvey, formerly Ditcham Park said "I feel that experiencing what it is like to organise and curate our own exhibition has been good practice for the future. If I ever were to display my own work in an exhibition again, I will look back on this experience and I feel it will be a much easier process."