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Foundation students' art exhibition now open!

Eastleigh College students studying the Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media are proud to launch 'Via', an art exhibition displaying their final year artwork. 

The name 'Via' was chosen by the students to represent their journey from the College to go on to study at University in September. It's 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.  

Sophie Wilson, studying Pre-degree Foundation Level Art, Design and Media, created a display of wooden plinths painted with fake tan. She said, "The final project was the most challenging part of the course, but it encouraged me to explore things I'm interested in. 

"My piece,On the Shelf, was inspired by wood stains that people use to make their furniture look more expensive, like the St. Tropez tan of the furniture world. Painting my furniture with fake tan is intended to make people question how they arrange things." 

Wood and fake tan are just two of many materials used in the artworks, with the other projects using resources including film, sound, balloons, paint, paper, digital technology, photography, sculpture and even concrete.

 Sebastiane Hegarty, Course Leader at Eastleigh College, commented on the exhibition: "What I really like about the students' work this year is the amount of thought that has gone into the artwork. It isn't just about appearance; it's about thinking and doing."

 It's an exciting time for the students as they complete their Foundation course and go on to study at University. Sophie is going to study BA (Hons) Fine Art Sculpture at the University of Brighton in September, and plans to train as a teacher after she completes her degree. 

This year 100% of applying students on the Foundation in Art, Design and Media course gained places at University, with 58% of these gaining places at top UAL colleges. 

Via is open to the public from Monday 15th June until Wednesday 24th June from 10am til 4pm daily (closed Sunday) at the Desborough Campus, Eastleigh College.