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Posted 08.10.19

Classic Greek sculptures transform Looe beach

By Phillip Buchan

The winning group of students with Helen Markes, John Warne, Mayor Martin Gregory Looe and the other judges

35 new students from our BA (Hons) Extended Degree course visited Looe beach to create sand versions of classic Greek sculptures together as part of an annual competition during their induction to the college.

The students had travelled from around the world to join the course, coming from across the UK, Luxembourg, Taiwan and China.

The East Looe Town Trust awarded a prize to the team of students who created the best sculpture, in a competition judged by local contemporary glass artist, Sandy Horton, local abstract painter, James Howe, who worked on the films Blade Runner and Local Hero, and Looe Mayor, Martin Gregory.

The winning group with their sand sculpture, The Discus Thrower

The prize was awarded on behalf of the East Looe Town Trust to the winning team by John Warne CB, a former Director General at the Home Office and long-standing supporter of Plymouth College of Art’s annual beach sculpture competition and Trustee of the East Looe Town Trust.

Sandy Horton said: “The students worked together to create fewer sand sculptures than in previous years, but of much higher quality. However impressed I was by their sand sculptures, I was most impressed by their tenacity in dodging the rain showers and working together so quickly and efficiently with clouds looming on the horizon.”

Helen Markes, Senior Lecturer and Subject Leader for Extended Degrees, said: “The sand sculpture competition has become an invaluable induction tradition for our Extended Degree students, introducing them to one of Cornwall’s most beautiful towns and giving the students a hands-on opportunity to get to know each other while creating art together in public. We’re very grateful to East Looe Town Trust for their exceptional ongoing support, including Maintenance Manager Antony Scarah who prepared the beach immaculately for our competition. The cleanliness of the beach is a credit to the work of Antony and his team, particularly given that we were creating sand sculptures in the same spot that Trevor Nelson was DJing only a week earlier as part of the Looe Live! festival.”

Our four-year BA (Hons) Extended Degrees are an extended pathway for students wanting to pursue a creative undergraduate degree who have limited experience of hands-on making, or who might lack the relevant academic qualifications for a creative degree. They are also ideal for anybody looking for a change in career, or for anyone that finished their school or college education but has been out of formal education for a while.

The first year of an Extended Degree is an intensive period in which you're given the freedom to take risks, generate ideas, experiment, and develop a breadth of approaches to problem-solving. This is an exploratory year, to experiment with materials, processes, methodologies and practices, to discover your own individual creative specialism within the arts. Extended Degrees prepare you for success at BA (Hons) degree level and as such a high proportion of students go on to gain high grades at undergraduate level.

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