Norwich college transformed into art gallery

City College Norwich art department has been transformed into a gallery as the work of around 300 students has gone on show for their annual exhibition.

The two-week show was kicked off last night with a vibrant private view and awards event.

The exhibitions includes fine art, textiles, photography, graphic design, photography, media and creative writing.

Among the work on display this year is National Diploma Fine Art student Colette Lassman's Seven Deadly Sins, featuring seven large gummy bears made from real jelly.

The 18-year-old from Dereham, said: 'I started off looking at the seven deadly sins. I wanted to portray how reality is not always as it seems. In the course of my research I came across an artist who worked with mini gummy bears and thought that it would be interesting to make them as big as I can'.

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Foundation degree arts and wellbeing student, Susie Frost, 47, from Thorpe St Andrew, created a piece using suspended white orbs made from tissue paper, which was inspired by her experiences as a student mentor.

She said: 'The students I mentored were fragile individuals with a lot of potential. The orbs are about feeling whole, feeling free, transformation, that feeling that you can do it all on your own. They represent freedom, inner strength and potential'.

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Art and design student Lewis Munday, 18, from Taverham, was inspired to make a sculpture from objects of scrap following a class visit to the Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts.

He said: 'I was planning for my final piece, and spent time looking at The Little Prince. I then went and reclaimed metal objects to create my work. I wanted to turn something not wanted into something beautiful. Someone's trash is another person's treasure. This course has been great. The tutors have given lots of support and I've had the opportunity to use lots of different materials.'

Awards were presented on the night for the best student work in 14 different categories, chosen by judges who work in the creative and cultural sector.

The winners were:

Principal's award: Beau Townshend (First Diploma Level 2 Art and Design)

Fashion: Chloe Kent (National Diploma Level 3 Textiles)

Printmaking: Jessica Pacey (Access to Art and Design)

Textiles: Leah Leveridge (National Diploma Level 3 Textiles)

Installation: Keshia Glover (Foundation Diploma Level 3 Art and Design)

Creative Writing: Jeannie Askew (Access to Creative Writing)

Media: Rob Lovell (FdA Media Moving Image)

Enterprise award: Harvey Truswell (First Diploma Level 2 Art and Design)

Sculpture: Anton Jennings (Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media)

Photography: Samantha Holden (National Diploma Photography)

Dom Hodson Highly Commended (National Diploma Level 3 in Photography)

Graphics: Toby Rampton (National Diploma Level 3 Graphic Design)

Fine Art: Drawing: Lily Alden (National Diploma Level 3 Fine Art)

Fine Art: Painting: George Browne (National Diploma Level 3 Fine Art)

Animation: Anton Mandy (National Diploma Level 3 Fine Art)

Jo Pretty, Head of the School of Creative and Business Industries, said: 'This is an exciting time for the students, with many of them progressing to university and employment. This year has seen a rise in progression to employment. Creative Industries in the East of England is a growth area with over 40 per cent being self-employed and freelance, so this is an ideal time for students to launch their careers in this fantastic 'affordable' creative arts exhibition.'

• Show 2011 is at the college's Ipswich Road campus and is open daily to the public on weekdays from Monday, June 27 to Thursday, July 7 between 10am and 4pm with a late night opening until 7pm on Tuesday, June 28. Admission is free.

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