Students enjoy first taste of exhibiting art work

Art and Design students from Truro College were able to see their artwork on display in a gallery for the first time recently thanks to a brilliant exhibition at Penlee House Gallery and Museum.

Penlee Inspired is an exhibition where local school children, students and adults have the opportunity to display their work amongst some of the Newlyn School paintings that inspired them.

Fourteen Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design students had their work selected for the exhibition. To begin the process the students visited the gallery to explore the work on show. They then responded to the artwork at College through the manipulation of a range of media, materials and techniques. Students then selected a piece of work to submit to judges.

The exhibition kicked off with a Private View, where invited members of the public could come and see the art on display. This experience was invaluable for students as it gave them their first taste of seeing others react to their work. The response from the public was amazing, leaving the students feeling more confident than ever. Indeed, there were even a few offers made on the night for some of the pieces!

Mark Dunford, Programme Team Leader of Art and Design at the College, was thrilled with the opportunity and the students’ hard work, saying: “Engaging with artworks is hugely important for all artists and designers as they provide both questions and solutions. ‘Penlee Inspired’ is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to see artworks afresh and allow for new dialogues across the centuries, for both the participants and visitors to the gallery.”