Students’ work in exhibition

James Woodward with his work

James Woodward with his work

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Art, design and media students from the Isle of Man College of Further and Higher Education will showcase their work at an annual exhibition that opens to the public today (Friday).

Eighty full-time and 81 part-time students will have work featured in the traditional end-of-year show, which is one of the highlights of the year at the College.

The event runs until July 1 is open from 10am to 8pm Monday to Thursday and 10am to 4pm on Fridays.

Helen Fox, programme manager for art, design and media, said visitors would see work by students ranging from GCSE to degree-level. Two and three-dimensional art, fashion, photography, sculpture, print-making, jewellery and video animation all feature.

Helen said: ‘Students have again produced some stunning work that is imaginative, thought-provoking and inventive.

‘Digital technology has become even more embedded into what we do. It’s vital students stay up to date with the skills needed to make contemporary work. The keyboard is as important as the pencil.’

The two-week event is part of the college’s participation in Island of Culture 2014.

‘Island of Culture 2014 has made us all think differently about where we live and how we live,’ said Helen.

‘The value of the arts in our lives is much more important than many people may realise. The real legacy will be in what happens next and how we continue to work together to develop arts in our island.’

Helen added that this year had been a busy and exciting time at the college, with the project to develop the Market Hall as an arts hub, in partnership with Douglas Council, and the development of new degree programmes at the same time as delivering courses.

She thanked Citywing, sponsor of the college’s ‘Artist on a Plane’ initiative to fly artists to the island to give public lectures and work with students.

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