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PROFESSIONAL artists of the future get the chance to show off their work at a unique new exhibition.

For the very first time a group of degree students from North Devon College have been given the opportunity to showcase their work at Bideford’s Burton Art Gallery and Museum. The artists and designers have all completed the University of Plymouth Foundation Degree in Fine Art, Illustration or Ceramics

Peter Newell, Programme Manager for the foundation degree said: “This is a milestone for the college, as it’s the first time a second year degree level exhibition has been shown in North Devon, and the first time students have been able to take their 'end of year' show out of the college and to somewhere prestigious like the Burton.”

The exhibition features the work of 18 students and is made up of more than 50 pieces created over the course of the degree. This includes everything from paintings, sculpture, film, photography and installation pieces, to ceramics and illustration.

“The exhibition is the culmination of two years of degree level work and can be seen as the next step in the students’ professional development. Having an exhibition in an accredited gallery will hopefully act as a launch pad for their careers,” said Mr. Newell.  “It also enables them to see their work out of a studio context, and see it afresh.”

To make the exhibition successful the students have been involved with the catalogue design, invitation lists, publicity and hospitality, as well as producing and pricing their work.

He was positive that the exhibition had a lot to offer: “People will be able to see a range of illustrations working around several themes, ceramics and other craft objects, contemporary fine art, installation pieces and sculpture.”

The Burton Art Gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 2pm-5pm. Admission is free.

Contact us on 01237 471455 or by web www.burtonartgallery.co.uk


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