A stunning showcase produced by Nelson and Colne College’s creative students is officially open to the public.

A private viewing of the Art and Design End of Year Show was held on Tuesday night and was well-received by VIP guests, including the Mayor and Mayoress of Pendle Coun. Nawaz Ahmed and Azmat Ahmed, Sure Group director Jane Cunningham, Pendle Council’s Regeneration Project Manager Julie Palmer and Super Slow Way director Laurie Peake.

Others in attendance included In Situ director Paul Hartley, contemporary artist Joe Hesketh, owner of the gallery @ arteology Lesley Turner, Surreal Vintage’s John Mitton, photographer Roy Shoesmith, and directors of Michelle B and Inspired Interiors.

The exhibition is a huge celebration of the work of the College’s A Level and vocational students, and will run from 10am to 4pm until Friday. This year, in partnership with In Situ and PEARL, a joint venture between Pendle Council and Barnfield, a foundation diploma pop-up exhibition will also be hosted at Northlight (Brierfield Mill), between 10am and 3pm on Saturday, June 27th to Sunday, June 28th. A preview event will take place between 5pm and 7pm on Friday, June 26th.

Head of Creative and Digital at Nelson and Colne College Morag Davis said: “The showcase has already received fabulous feedback from guests, and we are looking forward to seeing more people coming in to NCC to view the incredible work of our students.

“The free exhibition features everything from pottery, to paintings, to fashion, to creative displays on topics including feminism and domestic violence.

“It also includes work by students from our BTEC Extended Diploma in Photography and Media. For their final pieces, the students could choose between photography and video.

“We would also urge local people to come and see our upcoming event at Northlight Mill, which is giving our students the opportunity to share their work in a unique and professional environment.

“We are so proud of the success of each and every one of our students. Many have bagged themselves places at top universities, and we look forward to hearing about their future development.

“We are looking to make connections with more creative industries to foster partnerships and apprentice posts – if you are interested please get in touch with the College!”

To tie in with the private viewing, the Art, Design and Media Awards were also held to mark the achievements of the College’s students. Winners were chosen by industry professionals:

Outstanding student of the year: Carla Smithstone

Most commercial artist: Charlotte Dickinson

Drawing: Carla Smithstone

Painting: Charlotte Dickinson

Conceptual Art: Annie Spencer

Illustration: Charlotte Dickinson

Conceptual Animation: Jeremy Stocker

Graphics: Beth Hawkins, Harriet Hartley

Photography: Martha Nutter, Danielle Wheater

Textiles fashion: 1, Jamie Clegg; 2, Sadie Goode

Textiles fine art: Emma Lancaster

Textiles surface pattern: Georgia Ragnall

Sculpture: Zoe Bryan

Craft: Alex Austin Blundell

High achievers: Eleanor Haben, Ciria Brown

Distance travelled: Abigail Brown, Sylvia Lovasi

A2 Film Studies (Film Production of the Year): Ashleigh Brierley, Oscar Nommay, Amanda Ormerod

AS Film Studies (Film Production of the Year): Erin Fielding, Megan Ford, Hannah Greenwood, James Macken

A2 Media: Sarah Amer, Ashleigh Brierley, Amanda Ormerod

BTEC Extended Diploma Photography and Media, 1st year, Best Photography: Amy Finn; Best Media project: Courtney Forrester

BTEC Extended Diploma Photography and Media, 2nd year, Best Photography: Rebecca Singleton; Best Media project: Lauren Fenn

One judge Michelle Berkins said: “The department looked great, full of energy and talent! The work this year is all a very high standard and I chose Jamie’s work [in the Textiles fashion category] as it made me quite emotional looking at a whole family being involved within a garment. The idea could become a fantastic commercial business.”

To find out more about Creative and Digital courses at Nelson and Colne College call 01282 440272.