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Eastleigh College students launch Final Year Art Exhibition, ‘CO(NH2)2'

Eastleigh College Art and Design Foundation Diploma students are proud to launch ‘CO(NH2)2’, an exhibition displaying their final year artwork.

The name ‘CO(NH2)2’, a chemical component of Urea, was chosen to deliberately further the debate for what makes a good piece of art; and why it is so subjective.

 “Are you taking the ?**!”

Jessica Payne, who introduced the exhibition and is going to study Graphic Design at Kingston University following her Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media, explained further: “Art is commonly branded as ‘rubbish’, with people often thinking ‘are you taking the ?**!’, but we wanted to illustrate that everyone has their own standards and their own ‘formula’ for what makes a good piece of art. The show was intended to showcase ours, what we think good art is and what rules we follow in order to create a good piece. In turn, this will allow viewers to interpret our individual ‘formulas’, agree with us, disagree with us, and decide what their own formula of good art is.”

The range of work on display is imaginative, varied and includes a diverse range of specialisms such as fine art, illustration, video production, fashion, textiles and graphic design.

The exhibition is a great opportunity for members of the public and prospective students to see examples of the students’ work and be inspired by the creativity behind it. 

Lucy Watkins, studying Pre-Degree Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media, created a collection of three ‘Oliver Twist’ editions, with each displaying a unique hand drawn scene, presented in a pop up style and an audio recording to match. When discussing her final project, Lucy explained:

“It’s all about exploring the parallels between Dickens’s Victorian London and the contemporary now. Throughout my piece I examined the issues of poverty, class and criminality, in both past and present times, and explored the question, ‘Have times really changed?’.”

Rhiannon Dunn’s work, titled ‘Let him who is without sin cast the first stone’, displayed a fragmented plaster figure fixed on a bed of soil. Rhiannon’s piece, which draws upon classical artworks such as Nike of Samothrace and Venus de Milo, draws on themes such as religion, civilisation, historicism and spirituality. Talking about the course, Rhiannon commented:

"I have really enjoyed the course. For me it has been exactly what I needed in terms of discovering what direction I want to go in and building my confidence for my next step at Kingston University. The tutors could not have been more supportive and helpful; they have assisted me in finding my niche and developing into my own artist, in turn allowing me to produce more sophisticated pieces.”

Helen Gell, Course Leader at Eastleigh College for Art Design & Media, commented on how proud she was of the students this year: “This year’s Foundation Diploma in Art & Design has not only grown in numbers, but also in reputation, with the quality and diversity of work produced exceeding that of previous years. I am proud of our students who have once again guaranteed places onto courses at Universities and art disciplines, but perhaps more importantly, have substantially progressed and grown into their own individual artists. The thought and commitment they have all given to this years’ show has been fantastic!”

It’s an exciting time for the students as they complete their Foundation course and go on to study at University. Lucy is going to study BA (Hons) Production Arts for the Screen Wimbledon College of Arts UAL and Rhiannon will be studying BA (Hons) Fine Art at Kingston University.

For the 14th year in succession, all our applying students have been successful in their application to University, with all students achieving one of their first choices and accepting places at Goldsmiths, University of London, Chelsea College of Art, Central St Martins, London College of Fashion, Camberwell, and many others.

To find out more about our Art, Design and Media courses at Eastleigh College click here