The Art and Design Final Show was a hive of bustling creativity with eager eyes keen to witness the emerging talent of the Creative Studios in North Shields.
Portraits and canvasses, models and muses adorned the walls and corridors of the building, providing a contemporary feast of art, design, photography and textiles. A delight for any lover of art and design - exploring a multitude of creative disciplines. The hard work, talent and skills of students was on full display with varying themes emerging from students own experiences, desires and interests. An array of awards on the evening further recognised their achievements.
Dr Paul Harvey's final year graphic design students provided a range of design inspiration in their portfolios with elements including typography, branding, illustration and web design. Dawn Wilson, HND Graphic Design student who won the ‘End of Year Award for Excellence', said: "The end of year show provides all students with an excellent vehicle to showcase all of the hard work they have put in. Tonight is a celebration and a feeling of excitement and achievement - I feel proud. I'm looking forward to commencing my career as a freelance designer - working with local businesses. I've learnt so much on the course, it's really helped me to develop my skills."
HND Graphic Design student, Lisa Young, was presented with the ‘Longest Distance Travelled Award', highlighting her hard work and sheer determination to succeed despite starting the course three months in. Lisa said: "Paul Harvey is truly a great teacher, I didn't know how to use any of the packages but now I'm going on to study at university. My dream is to work as a Graphic Designer."
Alongside tremendous graphic design, the architectural beauty of dressmaking could be found in the gallery shows featuring delicately designed pieces that students had painstakingly completed by hand, presenting gowns of textural wonder. Work by Andrea Jurmakova who is progressing on to BA Hons in Textiles, opened the annual fashion show with a collection of botanically themed garments - over emphasised petals perfectly placed against white linen backdrops. Andrea said: "My pieces were heavily influenced by the freshness of spring and summer. With crop tops making such a come back I love the current movement in 90s fashion and music, which I wanted to demonstrate in the cut of fabric and the patterns used." Andrea is now preparing for university and studying a degree in textiles.
The fashion show also saw students from the YMCA Recording Studios, also based at the North Shields Queen Alexandra Campus, headline music for the show whilst Tyne Tees Models' and TyneMet students owned the catwalk in pieces by textiles students.
Awards were presented to four students of the year and four runners-up in their creative disciplines. The full list of winners and runners-up is as follows: Photography Award – awarded to Zoe Sharpe with Alex Gould as runner-up; Graphic Design Award – awarded to Connor Jackson with Georgia Hill as runner-up; Fashion and Textiles Award – awarded to Andrea Jurmakova with Sophie Ward as runner-up; and the Fine Art Award – awarded to Phamie Burke with Bethan Waghorn as runner-up.
The fashion show was opened by Head of Queen Alexandra Sixth Form, Denise Bolton, who said in her opening statement: "Year on year the show gets bigger, this is a celebration of the Creative Studios and the students who have worked very hard to achieve great things. I'd like to say thank you to the staff for their tireless dedication and of course to the Whitley Bay Rotary Club for their continued support."
HNC Fine Art student, Fred Wilson, said: "It's great to see all my work in one place - it's a fantastic feeling. I've been accepted to study my third year at university, which I'm really looking forward too. The Creative Studios has been a wonderful place to learn and study - the calibre of teaching is second to none."
With a special thanks to the Whitley Bay Rotary Club for their continued support and kind donations which provide end of year prizes for winning student categories. Irene Parritt, the daughter of George Davies (under the auspices of the Rotary Club), said: "My father adored art and it's such a pleasure to attend the annual end of year show - the creative work is splendid and year after year we continue to be wowed by the talents on display."
For more information about studying at the Creative Studios, see creativestudios.tynemet.ac.uk or call 0191 229 5123 to speak to a member of staff.