It was a busy night for our students at the launch event for the Open Studios exhibition last month. Four students from our BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing and Printmaking and BA (Hons) Fashion programmes joined the Drawn to the Valley (DTTV) Plymouth Arts Trail, exhibiting in our Create Gallery from 29 August to 5 September 2015.
Students Julie Ellis, Sharon Morgan, Oona Wagstaff and Kate Targett were selected to take part in this Open Studios pilot project, designed to help students extend their practice and work with artists in Plymouth and the Tamar Valley.
“Joining Drawn to the Valley to launch this event and take part in my first arts trail has been a very rich and useful experience,” said Kate Targett, “The college management, gallery staff, lecturers and local DTTV artists gave loads of support and advice to get this off the ground.”
Sharon Morgan, a fashion graduate from our BA (Hons) Fashion programme – who creates contemporary headwear and accessories using traditional techniques – commented on the project, “It has been a satisfying opportunity to work with fellow students in a supportive and creative environment. Most importantly, taking part in Open Studios has welcomed collaboration.”
Student Oona Wagstaff, who exhibited recent drawings, prints and oil paintings, described the event as, “a great, collaborative opportunity to network with other artists in the local area”.
“As students this also helps us take up an opportunity to organise for ourselves the presentation of our work – this is encouraged in spaces around the college.” — Oona Wagstaff
Claire Law, who managed the student involvement and chairs DTTV – a network of more than 160 artists which stretches the length of the Tamar Valley in Devon and Cornwall – said, “Walking into the Open Studio, there was an immediate feeling of greater connectivity with the college.
“Having access to talk and get to know the artists as well as seeing a concentrated amount of work, appears to represent a true flavour of the quality and passion the college is achieving,” explained Claire. “The artists themselves made me feel welcome and discussed their work thoroughly, leaving me with an understanding as to the journey of their work and a solid representation as to the high standard they have already accomplished.”
Photos by Sarah Packer, BA (Hons) Photography graduate.