Visitors to St Albans Cathedral this weekend will be able to view the next generation of creative talent as the iconic building houses an exhibition from Oaklands College Art Fashion and Design students.
After a private viewing last night, the exhibition opens today and runs over the weekend until Monday 24th April.
Foundation Diploma and Year 2 Extended Diploma students submitted artwork that addresses questions raised by political and social changes in the world with the theme ‘Re-Make, Re-Model, Re-Boot’.
Students could choose from a range of specialisms including Ceramics, Graphics, Painting and Drawing, Photography, 3D Design, Interactive Media and Fashion.
All artwork was judged at a private view on Thursday night by St Albans Mayor Frances Leonard, local graphic designer Mike Higgs and Oaklands’ Head of Art, Fashion & Design Mike La Traille.
The first prize went to Jack Bogaschenko for her Medieval dress, Necklace and Bag – a modern day interpretation of medieval attire.
Taking second prize was Megan Charlton with her ‘Re-Make, Re-Model, Re-Boot’ ceramic torso and third was Katie McVeigh with her intricate ‘The Blitz’ collage.
Students from the College’s Hospitality and Catering department were on hand to serve guests for the private viewing with drinks. Guests included the students’ friends and family, with an invitation also extended to prospective students who are considering joining the study programme at Oaklands next year. Visitors to the exhibition over the weekend have the chance to bid for their favourite piece to take home, with winning bidders contacted after the exhibit closes.
Oaklands Director of Curriculum, Liam McGrath said: “The students have produced some fantastic pieces that have really encapsulated the essence of this important theme and it is fascinating to see the different ways they have approached the brief. We are very grateful to the St Albans Cathedral for providing such an amazing venue for our students to exhibit their work.”