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South Staffordshire College art and design learners rolled up their sleeves to get involved in a unique community project on 7th October as the all new ‘Art Attack’ event took place in Tamworth town centre.
‘Art Attack’, which is one of nine strands of Tamworth’s Art in Unusual Spaces, is linked to The Big Draw 2017; a national initiative that aims to get people of all ages from across the country and around the world involved in the visual arts. All of the events are designed to promote collaboration, networking and creativity within a public environment. Most of all, they are intended to be great fun for the whole community.
11 learners from South Staffordshire College and Art & Design lecturers joined event organisers, professional artists, designers and the wider community on Saturday to take part in a host of free, unique ‘Art Attack’ activities including ‘Urban Canvas’, ‘Land Art’, ‘Art in the Dark’, ‘Body Draw’ and more. From working with natural materials to produce a large scale piece of land art in Tamworth’s Castle Grounds to working under ultraviolet lighting to make Tamworth glow and creating wearable drawing and painting tech, to create experimental art pieces. The event gave learners the chance to be involved in a wide range of unusual creative experiences.
South Staffordshire College’s Art and Design Course Leader Andy Nash, who played an instrumental role in the organisation of the event, says “This was an incredible opportunity for the people of Tamworth to come together and express themselves through some truly exciting creative initiatives.”
For our learners, who are working towards qualifications at a variety of levels, this was an incredible chance to showcase their visual arts skills and knowledge and build a unique portfolio. It also provided opportunities to develop skills in team working, communication and leadership. All of the learners played an active and vital role in the success of the event and we’re delighted to have been involved.”
A true community event, those who attended also had the chance to work together to create Tamworth’s largest community mosaic. ‘Mercian Mosaic’ saw participants explore Tamworth’s heritage to work on elements for a statement mosaic that will feature the town’s landmark buildings, rivers and people. The final mosaic will be revealed in summer 2018, when all of those involved will be able to see the results of their work.
For the College’s learners, the event is just one of many ways in which they have the opportunity to enhance their learning by working alongside professional artists and exploring inventive new ways to develop their creative talent. The College’s courses also provide opportunities to explore more traditional artistic practice too and just last month, learners embarked on a study tour to London’s National Portrait Gallery. The visit saw learners explore historical and contemporary fine art practice and develop valuable primary and secondary research skills.
Would you you like to gain qualifications in the creative industries?
South Staffordshire College offer a range of full and part time courses in art and design. From fine art to fashion, photography to pottery, there are a wide range of opportunities for people of all ages.