Last week, friends, families and special guests from the local community attended the private viewing of the Bracknell and Wokingham College Art and Photography Exhibition.
It was very special as it was the first time the college was able to hold a private exhibition of their student work exhibit since 2019, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Venerable Mayor of Bracknell Forest Borough, Councilor Ankur Shiv Bhandari and Councilor Mr Dai Roberts, Mayor of Bracknell Town, attended the event, as well as Alison Sanders, President of the Arts Society Wokingham .
To create an exhibition space, the college canteen was transformed into an art gallery by students from our Art and Design and Photography streams.
As part of the event, some students received awards to commend them for their hard work, character and perseverance during their studies. The winners were presented with their certificates by the Venerable Mayor of Bracknell Forest Borough, Councilor Ankur Shiv Bhandari and Councilor Mr Dai Roberts, Mayor of Bracknell Town.
Alyssa Whitrod, who is studying an Extended Level 3 Photography Diploma, was selected as the most outstanding student.
She said: “I’m really happy to have received this award because when I started university I was very shy and didn’t talk to anyone. But during my time here, I became more confident and enjoyed being able to capture different subjects in my work.
Another photography student, Toby Hudson, was chosen as the most enterprising student, as he did a lot of freelance work for clients during his studies, to help build his portfolio, gain experience and gain insights. new skills.
He said: “It was very unexpected. I’m quite proud because I worked hard on the jobs that were given to me.
“I felt a lot of pride in the work I’ve done and the good customer feedback drives me to do better for the next one.”
Leo Pancott, who is studying an Extended Level 3 Art and Design Diploma, was awarded as the most resilient student. Jackson Miller, who is studying a Level 2 Art and Design degree, was selected as the most improved student.
Other students to receive awards include:
·Emily Hodson, who is studying an Extended Level 3 Photography Diploma, received the Most Professional Student award.
·Kamila Szymanska Vel Szymczak, who is studying a Level 3 Diploma in Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication, who was chosen as the most dedicated student.
Olivia Moore, who is studying an Extended Level 3 Art and Design Diploma, received the Most Positive Student award.
· Liam James, who is studying a Level 3 Diploma in Creative Practices: Art, Design and Communication, had the highest participation.
During the event, staff, students and special guests also thanked creative arts lecturer Jan Allen, who is retiring after teaching at the college for 32 years.
Later in the week, prospective students who have a place to study art and design or photography in college in September, and their families, also visited the exhibit to get a taste of what it’s all about. is to study there.
Jan Allen, Lecturer in Creative Arts at Activate Learning, said, “The Art and Photography exhibition was a resounding success, with a wide variety of artworks and processes on display.
“It was great to see our students’ families and members of the public come to view our students’ work at Private View.
“Many thanks to the Borough Mayor of Bracknell Forest, Councilor Ankur Shiv Bhandari and Councilor Mr Dai Roberts, Mayor of Bracknell Town, and Alison Sanders, Chair of the Arts Society Wokingham for attending .”
Councilor Mr. Dai Roberts, Mayor of the Town of Bracknell, said: “Thank you for inviting me to your art and photography exhibition. It’s always nice to see young talents in our community being able to express themselves through their own artistic projects.
“I was really impressed with the quality of the works on display and the enthusiasm each student showed when discussing their work.
“Congratulations to all the students who participated and the staff at Bracknell and Wokingham College for their dedication and hard work in helping to develop our local talent.
“I look forward to seeing more exhibitions from our up-and-coming local artists in the future.”
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