A team of art and design students are preparing to showcase their talents with an exhibition of their own making at the Aspex Gallery in Gunwharf Quays.

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The Level 3 students have been busy designing their artwork, which is centred around the theme of post-Brexit Britain.

18-year-old student Ellie Hayter said: “Working in the gallery is a different experience, our course is not just about being in the classroom, you also get to experience what it’s like in the art world. I’ve never done anything like this before, it’s a really new thing for me, I’m a bit nervous but it’s great to have the opportunity.”

16-year-old Alicja Gibson added: “Our course is really good, we’ve been working with a lot of different mediums, from photography to illustrations. It’s been very enjoyable and I’ve learned a lot about the gallery and all the staff have been really friendly.”

Their work will be open to the public from Friday 20th April 2018.

This is the second year the College and Aspex Gallery have worked together to provide students real-world opportunities and experience.

Vicky Chapter, Participation and Learning Manager at Aspex Gallery, said: “I think particularly with this age group it’s all about showing the different options that are available to them, so thinking about what kind of career they want to do and the different routes they can take to get there. Hopefully through this process they’ve had the chance to talk to staff and find out about the diverse range of experiences they have had.

“This is an opportunity for them to share their views and opinions through their artwork. I don’t think it’s often that young people get to share their artwork in a professional environment.”

The project will be coinciding with exhibition The Endless Village, a satirical sitcom from General Public, set in an imagined future post-Brexit Britain, which will be running from Friday 30th March until Sunday 10th June 2018.

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  • Date 23/03/2018