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‘A Stone’s Throw’: Creative Undergraduate Exhibition descends on The Galleries

Over the last academic year, creative Higher Education students hailing from various courses at City of Bristol College’s University Centre have been working tirelessly and pouring their efforts into brilliant artwork and installations for display at our end of year show in The Galleries in Broadmead.

A Stone’s Throw’ is a vibrant, collaborative arts exhibition displaying the unique work of our talented creative students.

Open from 10am – 6pm every day, taking place until Sunday 25 June, this immersive exhibition is currently showcasing a diverse selection of artwork from students via the mediums of Photography, Graphic Design & Digital Arts, Foundation Art & Design and Creative Therapeutic Practice courses.

Expansive project themes range from climate crisis, through to exploring play, to mapping language; with outcomes in traditional and new media; interactive, sculpture, painting, installation, print and motion.

Our students have been sharing what they’ve curated with the wider Bristol community in a space where everyone is welcome to come along and see what talents our students are capable of.

Last Friday 16 June, the grand opening of the space took place at The Galleries. The evening was quite the popular affair with students, staff, friends and family in attendance alongside members of the public.

Refreshments and nibbles were provided with Bristol Beer Factory kindly sponsoring the event.

It was incredible to see revellers enthralled by the various curations that surrounded them; covering every medium from darkroom photography, mixed media installations, mock ups of products that have been graphically designed, show reels and everything in between.

Carefully curated playlists filled the air as conversation and networking played out next to the walls adorned with impressive and thought-provoking creative works.

Each piece of work is accompanied by a postcard displaying the student’s name; acting as a miniature print of the artwork or creative concept. This is not only a keepsake for the event attendees, but also acts as a powerful networking tool; a different take on the traditional business card.

Unit 4 & 5 at The Galleries which are situated directly next door to each other are almost unrecognizable to the naked eye having undergone complete transformations to get them ready to play host to the end of year show.

Speaking of the experience of displaying her work at the show, Giacinta Biondi, Graphic Design & Digital Arts HNC/D student said: “I’m really happy, when I see someone picking up my card, inside I’m doing a little dance.”

When asked about her experience of the Graphic Design & Digital Arts HNC/D course, Giacinta commented: “It was quite tough because I had to work at the same time, so it was quite full on but it was so rewarding and it’s so nice to study again; it’s different than when you are 20. I’ve really enjoyed being back in education.”

Zahid Gill, Head of Higher Education who was in attendance stated: “I think that this is a tremendous effort because all of the students have reached the end of the year, they’ve handed their assessments in and the tutors are now busy marking those assessments; so it’s impressive that they’ve all collectively found the time to do this.

“I think what’s incredible is that here we’ve got students from different courses to collaborate and work together for this outcome and I think it’s amazing. Every year it’s different!”

The bodies of work have been crafted by students enrolled on our Photography HNC/D, BA Creative Therapeutic Practice, Foundation Diploma in Art & Design and Graphic Design & Digital Arts HNC/D courses.

These Higher Education creative courses benefit from small class sizes, allowing each student to work closely with our dedicated lecturers throughout the duration of studying with us.

We ensure that we treat each and every student as an individual, supporting and challenging them to develop their skills and push themselves to achieve.

Our two-year and three-year Higher Education creative courses are delivered at our College Green Centre and our Ashley Down Centre, allowing students to develop their creative and conceptual skills in a city famed for its creativity.

Boasting free entry, the exhibition is open to visitors every day from 10am – 6pm until 25 June and can be found in Unit 4 & 5 of The Galleries.

To view our offering of University-level creative arts and media courses, click here.

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