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Lancaster & Morecambe students find a new 'home' for their work

The work of 30 students from Lancaster and Morecambe College is going on show at a Lancaster housing development this Saturday (March 18) for two weeks.

A brand new home at Redrow’s Abode at Lancaster View development, off New Quay Road, has been turned into a temporary art gallery for an exhibition called ‘Home’.

Students are competing for prizes of vouchers, donated by Redrow, to purchase art materials to help them with their studies. And Redrow has also paid for their work to be framed and hung.

When the exhibition closes in two weeks’ time the work will be offered for sale, with some of the proceeds going to The Trussel Trust Food Bank in Morecambe.

The work exhibited will be a range of painting, drawing, mixed media, digital, photographic and 3D work, which has been reproduced as limited edition giclée prints (a fine art digital printing process combining pigment based inks with high quality archival quality paper).

The students involved are aged 16 to 20+ years and currently enrolled on either the University of Arts London (UAL) Diploma in Foundation Studies Art & Design, UAL Extended Diploma in Art & Design Level 3 or UAL Diploma in Art & Design Level 2. Most are preparing for progression to art & design courses at universities across the country.

THE WORK of 30 students from Lancaster and Morecambe College is going on show at a Lancaster housing development this Saturday (March 18) for two weeks.

A brand new home at Redrow’s Abode at Lancaster View development, off New Quay Road, has been turned into a temporary art gallery for an exhibition called ‘Home’.

Students are competing for prizes of vouchers, donated by Redrow, to purchase art materials to help them with their studies. And Redrow has also paid for their work to be framed and hung.

When the exhibition closes in two weeks’ time the work will be offered for sale, with some of the proceeds going to The Trussel Trust Food Bank in Morecambe.

The work exhibited will be a range of painting, drawing, mixed media, digital, photographic and 3D work, which has been reproduced as limited edition giclée prints (a fine art digital printing process combining pigment based inks with high quality archival quality paper).

The students involved are aged 16 to 20+ years and currently enrolled on either the University of Arts London (UAL) Diploma in Foundation Studies Art & Design, UAL Extended Diploma in Art & Design Level 3 or UAL Diploma in Art & Design Level 2. Most are preparing for progression to art & design courses at universities across the country.

Lesley Myers, area sales manager for Redrow Homes (Lancashire), has worked with the college to create the exhibition. She said: “We were keen to work with one of the many local education establishments and realised that what we could offer was a venue and some funding. Our Abode style homes are very contemporary in their design with virtually all of the ground floor offering sociable, open plan living space. As such it lends itself to a gallery type environment.

“It’s a great way to make use of a view home until it is sold and we’re delighted that the students’ work will be livening up what is otherwise a totally blank canvas. People will be able to view the exhibition during our normal site opening hours and even vote for their favourite piece of work to determine the winner of our special ‘People’s Choice’ award.”

Students taking part in the Redrow sponsored exhibition have worked to a very broad brief with the title ‘Home’. The responses include memories of home, images made of their local environment and images of family and friends – plus a few cats for good measure!

John Lambert, programme area manager for visual & creative studies at Lancaster & Morecambe College, commented: “It is always a great opportunity for students to know they are working for a real client and to see their work exhibited (many for the first time). Through the process they also get an understanding of the reality of working to deadlines and producing work to a professional standard.

“The students are also pleased with the opportunity to give some of the revenue generated from sales to a local charity. All work will be for sale with the profits shared equally between the young artists and designers themselves and The Trussel Trust Food Bank in Morecambe.”

After a private viewing for the students and their families and friends on Thursday evening (March 16), when the first, second and third prize winners will be announced, the exhibition will then open to the public (daily 10am-5.30pm) from Saturday, March 18 until Sunday, April 2, 2017.

Anyone viewing during this time will be invited to choose their favourite piece of work and, at the end of the fortnight, the student with the most votes will receive £100 worth of art materials and the ‘People’s Choice’ title.

Redrow was established in 1974. Today, it is one of the most successful and acclaimed property developers in the UK, building around 5,000 premium quality family homes a year in prime locations across England and Wales. Over Redrow’s history spanning more than 40 years, it has earned a unique reputation for quality and building beautiful homes, which people love to live in. To help achieve this it also focusses on two other key areas: valuing people and creating outstanding locations. Implementing its strategy whilst engaging with colleagues and stakeholders helps Redrow deliver significant value to investors and the wider community. Redrow is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 index. For the year ended 30th June 2016, the Group reported record revenues of £1.38 billion. Redrow has been awarded the ‘Best Large Housebuilder’ title twice in the last three years at the What House? Awards. This year, Redrow was named as a UK Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer for the fourth consecutive year. Visit redrow.co.uk for more details.