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Art & Design Student Achievement Press Release

Wakefield College and Beam are pleased to present an installation of temporary public artworks created by Art and Design students for The Grade II* Orangery and gardens.

Over the past few months Beam has worked closely with Sheffield-based artist David Appleyard and Wakefield College tutors to mentor students from Foundation Art, mirroring a professional commissioning process. The title of the brief was ‘evolution’ and students have drawn inspiration from the evolution of Wakefield and the city’s industry as well as the heritage of The Orangery.

Students have focused their creativity on producing a diverse range of works that will be showcased in The Orangery building and grounds on Monday 3rd February, with viewing open between 5.30 - 8.30pm. The collection of site-specific artworks will include lighting, projections, drawings, storyboards and sculptures. We invite you to come and see the next generation of artists being nurtured in our city.

Course Leader Lynsey Collinson said, “Our collaboration with Beam has been an enriching and exciting opportunity for students to work with professionals on a live brief. As well as increasing confidence, regular presentations with the Beam panel have been significant in preparing students for upcoming university interviews and ultimately developing essential communication skills. It has been fantastic to observe how students have developed and realised their creative interests to generate site-specific work for display within the Orangery grounds.”

This event is part of Amazing Streets and Spaces, a season of artistic interventions in Wakefield city centre. This programme is managed by Beam and supported by Arts Council England, Wakefield Council and many others.


CONTACT: For more information email info@wakefield.ac.uk, or telephone 01924 789789.
DATE: 27 January, 2014

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