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Students take their artwork 'home' to Redrow

Visitors to Redrow’s Abode at Riverside View development in Lancaster will be able to see some award-winning artwork, as paintings created by local college students are taking pride of place for the next couple of weeks.

Thirty students from Lancaster and Morecambe College have taken part in the project that has turned a contemporary home at the development on New Quay Road into a temporary art gallery.

Redrow framed and hung the pictures for the exhibition, called ‘Home’, which opened on Thursday (16th) and will run until April 2nd.

To boost their creativeness further, students competed for prizes of vouchers for Jackson’s art supplies, donated by Redrow, to purchase materials to help them with their studies. The winners were announced at a private viewing for the students and their family and friends with Euan Chick from Morecambe scooping first place and £100 worth of vouchers, Fae Clementson Sharples from Arnside came second receiving £75 worth and Faye Catlow from Lancaster was awarded third place and £50 in vouchers.

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

The artwork exhibited is 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: “It was fantastic to see such a good turnout of family and friends at the launch event as well as present the prizes to some very worthy winners. There’s more to come too, as anyone who comes to see the Abode show home while the exhibition is on can vote for their favourite piece of art. The student with the most votes will receive £50 worth of vouchers and the ‘People’s Choice’ title.

“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.”

John Lambert, programme area manager for visual & creative studies at Lancaster & Morecambe College, added: “The students were thrilled at having their work framed and displayed in a public place for the first time and we hope that those who visit the development in the next couple of weeks enjoy seeing the artwork too. It’s an added bonus for the young artists that some of the revenue generated from the sale of the paintings will be split between themselves and a local charity.”

The exhibition is open to the public (daily 10am-5.30pm) from Saturday, March 18 until Sunday, April 2, 2017 at Abode at Riverside View on New Quay Road in Lancaster. For more information on the Abode homes available call 01524 925797 or go to www.redrow.co.uk/abodelancaster.

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.