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Special exhibition showcases diverse content from Art and Design learners

Art and Design learners are presenting a unique collection of work to the public, reflecting the wide range of art styles explored in class over the past year.

‘Accept Cookies?’ is being displayed for one week only, open to staff, learners and the general public on weekdays at 09:00 – 16:30 between Thursday 15th and Tuesday 20th June. This exhibition features a rich variety of styles that learners have had the opportunity to experiment with over the past year, such as animation, painting, sculptures, textiles and collages. The title alludes to modern themes of surveillance, recognition and human identity – narratives that are frequently explored in this collection – while other content takes a fresh direction, ensuring there is artwork that can cater to all types of audience.

Matthew Anstee, Art, Design and Media Technician at Eastleigh College, commented: “These exhibitions are one of the highlights of the academic year, giving learners a chance to showcase all of their amazing skills. So much work has gone into this collection behind the scenes and this is a great opportunity for the public to see some upcoming local talent for free and learn more about what we do here in the Art department at Eastleigh College.”

The ’Accept Cookies’ theme, promotional poster and overall organisation of the event was led by learner Frankie Diedrichsen who is nearing completion of his Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. Frankie brought useful experience in Graphic Design to the table, having studied the subject at A-Level, and wanted to send a cryptic message about the collection of data online, often via ‘cookies’, and related themes of paranoia and observation.

Frankie commented: “When I came to Eastleigh College, my art knowledge was strictly digital and I didn’t have the right skillset to create physical art. This course has helped me develop and strengthen my personal portfolio a lot, and everyone has banded together really well to produce this collection. Taking up this course has been the best decision I’ve made, it has been very accessible to all levels, whether beginner or expert, and I feel it has helped me prepare well for university.”

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