8th January 2024

Students capture the “Spirit of Cornwall” in Truro’s exhibition


Students capture the “Spirit of Cornwall” in Truro’s exhibition

Learners from Cornwall College University Centre, part of The Cornwall College Group (TCCG), have been showcasing their artistic talents at the Royal Cornwall Museum’s (RCM) ongoing “Spirit of Cornwall” exhibition.

Carol Weir completed the BA(Hons) Art & Design Practice programme in Camborne and went on to complete an MA at Falmouth University.

Her eye-catching artwork has captivated the public’s attention in Truro and has earned her a spot on the shortlist for the museum’s “Panel’s Choice Prize award” category.

Meanwhile current student, Bev Williams, who is thriving on the same practice programme, has been displaying her artistic finesse in the gallery and has been shortlisted in the “People’s Choice award” category.

The “Spirit of Cornwall” exhibition provides a platform for local artists to celebrate and showcase their creative endeavours based on the county’s wild coastlines, moors and mythology.

Both students exhibiting at the RCM have emphasised the profound impact of the art and design programme at Cornwall College, with diverse learning opportunities and collaboration with like-minded individuals.

Commenting on the exciting opportunity to exhibit in the heart of Cornwall, Bev Williams said: “I was so excited to be selected to exhibit my painting, Morning in Cornwall, at Truro’s museum. When I learnt about the “People’s Choice award” selection and was in disbelief to discover I was one of three finalists, and to have come 2nd is such a privilege, it wouldn’t have been possible without the teaching and support staff, especially to Simon Hall for encouraging me to enter in the exhibition.”

Carol said: “One of the reasons the BA(Hons) Art & Design Practice programme appealed to me was the freedom it gave me to work in a multidisciplinary way; I was able to investigate ceramics, textiles, printing, woodworking and metalwork within my practice due to the workshop facilities available.”

Jamie Hanson, senior study programme manager for higher education art and design, expressed delight at seeing his students and former students recognised in such a way.

He stated: “Both Carol’s and Bev’s achievements speak volumes about the impact of the BA(Hons) Art & Design Practice programme in Camborne. Their multiskilled creations reflect the rich learning opportunities provided by the course. It’s inspiring to see all our students and ex-students grow into confident artists.”

For Lauren Campbell, engagement manager at the Royal Cornwall Museum (RCM), this exhibit is an opportunity to highlight local talent: “We’re excited to see the artwork of so many students and graduates from TCCG displayed at the museum for the Truro Open: Spirit of Cornwall exhibition. Congratulations to Cornwall College graduate, Carol Weir, and current student Bev Williams, who have been shortlisted for awards. We’re proud to work with all the students from TCCG and support the emerging creative talent in Cornwall.”

The exhibition is open to the public at the Royal Cornwall Museum until Saturday 20th January 2024.

For more information on courses available with TCCG, visit our website.

The Cornwall College Group

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