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Winner of sustainable artwork competition announced

Two students have been named winners of our college art competition for their impressive take on art pieces inspired by the climate crisis.

Sustainability has been the buzzword of the term for our Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma Art and Design students as they considered the various issues around the impact we are having on the environment.

The students were tasked with using any material to reflect the theme but were encouraged to consider sustainable principles when designing their work. The competition then saw the students pitch their three initial ideas to curriculum leaders who provided feedback and chose a final design to move forward with.

Both Head of Department for Creative and Media, Pasquale Fasulo, and Programme Manager Ali Grant then picked their top five pieces of work before our Chief Executive and Principal Rich Harris selected the final winner.

Rich chose Joab Burgess’ handmade paper drawings displayed on a branch before choosing another piece to receive a prize also – Lily Davies’ piece which was made using nearly 100 layers of paint.

The two winning pieces will take pride of place in Rich’s office at College Green.

Lecturer Nicky Payne said: “We think the students have done a brilliant job with a diverse range of materials, techniques and processes explored; from 2D painting to paper making, 3D sculpture to a piece which has about 100 layers of paint on it! All the pieces have a strong and clear message to accompany them, it is great to see the students working on something they feel really passionate about.”

The work is still on display in College Green’s Learning Resource centre so staff, students and visitors can take advantage of the magnificent exhibition.

The students will now be moving onto the final project of their two-year course, which culminates in our annual end of year exhibition. The work and its themes will be decided on entirely by the students and Nicky says she ‘hopes it will be just as exciting, if not more so, than this current work!’

You can find out more about the Level 3 Art and Design course, or read more about City of Bristol College’s sustainability goals.

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