Foundation Diploma Art & Design student Florence Moore has two of her pieces on display in London's prestigious Saatchi Gallery.
Flo was selected to exhibit alongside four other students – with two of her pieces being selected for display – through the 2015 Saatchi Gallery / Deutsche Bank Art Prize for Schools.
“I found it to be a really surreal experience seeing my work up in a space that I visit regularly and where really big artists have had work displayed,” explains Flo.
“There were only five people in the show so it was great to be one of them, and to have two of my final pieces shown was amazing," she added.
As part of the Young Saatchi Group, Flo attends workshops at the Saatchi, as well as reviewing some of the work on show via the groups website.
Her fireplace piece had a paper theme and was lifesize and handcut, whilst her circles piece was inspired by the work of artist Richard Deacon. She used laser cutting to create the shapes, focusing on snakelike forms.
Flo moved to Plymouth from London in August to study on our Foundation Diploma in Art and Design programme – a one year, Pre-Degree course aimed at students who want to explore what direction they want to take and experiment with a number of resources and processes – and has been making more installation pieces whilst here.
One of the pieces she's been making while on the course is a microwave that she took apart to show the deconstruction of a machine which hangs from wires in the centre of the classroom.
The Saatchi Gallery exhibition has been on display since November 2014 and will finish at the end of January. A panel of art crtitcs will choose their favourite works and a first prize of £2,000 will be given to the winning pupil to be spent on computer and art equipment. There will be prizes of £1000 to each of the winning pupils each awarded to the second and third place.
The Saatchi Gallery Art Prize for Schools is an excellent example of how the arts can support education and provides the opportunity for students to have their work shown in a prestigious gallery.