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Creative students showcase their work at annual Art Exhibition

Students at Xaverian College had the opportunity to showcase their creative talents at an end-of-year Art Exhibition, which took place last week (15th June 2022).

The annual event saw students from the College’s Fine Art, Graphic Communication, Photography and Textiles courses proudly present work from their portfolio to family, friends, and the local community.

A portrait by Luana Soares, alongside three talented music students, captured the attention of all guests as they walked into the entrance of the Colleges Ward Hard building. Luana spent months perfecting her final piece, which was dedicated to her mother, who hadn’t seen her artwork before the exhibition.

Former Loreto High School pupil, Luca Rawlinson built a small installation for his final piece, with a focus on containment.

Commenting on his experience, Luca said: “I found Fine Art the most freeing subject as I was constantly able to explore different sides of my creativity. We’re always encouraged to collaborate with the teachers and other students, and this has really helped refine and shape the direction of my work. The facilities are also amazing, which allows you to experiment – I’ve recently tried out wax entrapment and print making to see how it could inspire my work.

“Studying at Xaverian has been the best two years of my life! Every lesson has been interesting and fun, I have made lifelong friends and I’m leaving confident in my ability to succeed, no matter which creative industry I pursue a career in.”  

Shaun Steele, Divisional Lead, said: “I am thrilled that we were able to host the Art Exhibition on Campus this year. With the support from our brilliant teachers, students have produced fantastic work – I am constantly inspired by their creativity and dedication to developing their skills. It was great to welcome so many friendly faces and see our students celebrating!”

Three students, Martha Parry-Hensley, Patrick Karran and Lucy Gardiner, have also had their work featured in the Sixth Form Colleges Association Art Exhibition. This year’s theme was ‘Planet Future’, showcasing students’ reflections on how the world is changing and what its future holds.

Bill Watkin, Chief Executive of the Sixth Form Colleges Association, commented: “This online exhibition is a way of celebrating the arts and recognising excellence in sixth-form colleges.

“The artwork, all produced by 16-to-19-year-old students in sixth-form colleges across England ̶ indicates how young people are feeling about our climate and the environment, and how they view the wider sustainability agenda. 

“But the exhibition also offers an opportunity to celebrate the importance and power of art in education, as well as the artists’ quality, creativity and talent.”

The creative industries are set to soar across advanced and developing economies worldwide during the next decade, which will provide numerous exciting career opportunities and studying a creative subject at Xaverian can help support you in landing your dream job.

As one of the largest providers of post-16 education in the region, Xaverian College offers exciting opportunities to over 2500 students. To find out more, visit Xaverian.ac.uk – Explore Your Future!

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