Picture gallery: Norfolk art students celebrate by showing off their creative work

Hundreds of art students are showing off their burgeoning talent to celebrate the end of another creative year.

Visitors to City College Norwich, in Ipswich Road, tonight wandered around a maze of exhibitions showcasing the best work on offer from 300 final year students.

And Jo Pretty, head of school for creative and business industries and technology, said it was hoped those studying at the college will also pick up the skills they need to turn their talent into a potential career.

She said: 'The college is trying to embed entrepreneurial skills within students and that whole way of thinking and it's probably even more so important with creative art students at a young age to get them thinking about selling their work. For them to set up businesses and sell their work is essential.

'This show is for two reasons. One is to celebrate. Everyone likes a good celebration at the end of a hard two-year course. But it's also for them to start thinking about putting their work in a market and responding to a target audience.'

Harley Hodges, from Beccles, created a dress out of road maps, and spent hours making prisms out of paper. The 19-year-old said he enjoyed making his work for the show and he was now moving toward working in fashion thanks to his course.

He said: 'People really like the dress and are really surprised. Because of the prisms I spent weeks folding maps.'

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Visitors also have a chance to get closer to some exhibitions than others, including Amy Chaplin's tepee.

The 16-year-old, from Beccles, took six days to put together the work using willow and hand-dyed material.

She said: 'I wanted to do something different and have something that people could go in - and lots of people have. We were told to come up with anything and go a bit wild with it.'

Students also received awards last night for the best work in 13 categories, including an enterprise award.

Georgia Dowson, 19, from Lowestoft, received the sculpture award for her works made out of hair, including a shoe, as she encouraged people to question their own desires.

She said: 'The main thing for me was for the audience to empathise with the materials I've used or the processes, although it's annoyed me people have gone to touch it - the whole idea of an exhibition is not to touch the work.'

The other 12 winners included: Installation - Jacky Heath; Painting/Drawing Award – Tamadhur Al-Khishali, Media Promotional Film – Ryan Lovejoy; Media Factual Film – Nicola Green; Print Making – Callum Wheaton; Creative Writing – Deborah Appleby; Animation – Daniel Pinnock and Daniel Gray; Textiles/Fashion – Lauren Loh; Photography – Spencer Purkiss; Graphics – Kayleigh Mills; Enterprise – Beccy Croucher; and Principal's Award – Zach Benmehidi.

The show is open daily - except Sunday - between 10am and 4pm until Thursday, June 28.

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