Visitors have been wowed by the outstanding creativity of Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form’s talented students at the annual Art, Design and Media Exhibition.

From photography, fine art, textiles and costume design to graphic design, computerised graphics, illustration and film making, the level of skill and creativity on show was outstanding.

The Art and Media departments at Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form enjoy an unrivalled reputation for excellence and in particular, the Foundation Art and Design programme, which is a pre-degree course aimed at helping students to decide on their preferred specialism, enjoys great success each year. This year, students will be progressing to some exciting and challenging art and design degree programmes, including Fashion Promotion at Nottingham Trent University, Production Design at Bradford College of Art, Illustration at Cardiff University, Fine Art at Kingston University and Leeds College of Art and Graphic Design at Northumbria University.

Likewise, the Film and Media Studies department has a reputation for helping its students to enter exciting creative industries, with students off to study a range of media related degree programmes including Television Production at the University of Bradford and Film Production at Aberystwyth University.

The Film and Media students enjoyed a special awards event prior to the Exhibition, where they were able to watch their classmates productions and collect miniature ‘Oscar’ statuettes from their tutors. The Art students’ work was judged by industry ‘experts’ including Michelle Birkins of Michelle B Fashion, Janet Robinson of Inspired Interiors, Alison Rushton, Assistant Principal – Marketing and Enterprise at Nelson and Colne College and Stephen Ormerod and Michael Howley of the Art and Soul Gallery, Padiham.

Janet Robinson of Inspired Interiors said, “We were really overwhelmed with the fine detail and different techniques on display, I would have loved to award many more prizes and had the whole day to enjoy looking at the pieces.  The pieces we selected as winners had elements that could be easily translated onto fabrics or wallpaper and become commercially viable.”

Stephen Ormerod and Michael Howley were likewise complimentary and said, “Once again, we were struck by the high standard of work across all media and at all levels which we felt reflected the dedication and professionalism of the staff and the commitment of the students. We were spoiled for choice really and it took us quite a while to make our final selections. As practising artists, we were particularly inspired by the Sketchbooks which could be used as source material for projects for years to come. Great show, great experience.”

Winners selected by Janet Robinson of Inspired Interiors

Kira Wareing – Fine Art/Textile Winner

Katy Ramsey – Surface Pattern Winner

Tegan Pegg  – Surface Pattern Highly Commended

Winners selected by Alison Rushton of Nelson and Colne College

Jade Phair – Graphic Product Winner

Jason Diggins – Graphics/Digital Illustration Winner

Rebecca Ashworth – Graphics/Hand Drawn Illustration Winner

Ross Willoughby – Graphics/Advertising Winner

Winners selected by Stephen Ormerod and Michael Howley of the Art and Soul Gallery Padiham

Rachel Curran – Painting Winner

Melody Heys -Lens Based Fine Art Winner

Ben Yarwood – Sculpture Winner

Nathanial Rigg – Paper Craft Winner

Toby Yoh – Drawing Winner

Stacey Black – Mixed Media Work Winner

Chloe Farrah – Fine Art/Installation Winner

Winners selected by Michelle B

Hannah Alderson-Bythell – Fashion Winner

Lucy Martin – Fashion Highly Commended