Tyne Coast College


The Great Exhibition Of Student Art Designs

The Beacon Shopping Centre in North Shields will be hosting an exhibition of student art designs, which will feature a selection of contemporary paintings, created by more than 15 students from Higher National Certificate (HNC) and Higher National Diploma (HND) as well as Foundation Degree Fine Art students at Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College, part of Tyne Coast College. The exhibition will include a diverse collection of works, including oil on canvas and mixed media paintings, mainly focusing on local sightings and landmarks in the area.

The exhibition will be officially launched by Norma Redfearn, Mayor of North Tyneside, at 11.15am this coming Thursday (13th June, 2019).

David Menzies, Centre Manager, said: “We are excited to showcase the unique collection of art produced by the students at Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College, as it is representative of the artistic flair that exists within our community. The Centre takes pride in being able to provide young artists with a platform to display some of their best work, bringing this diverse and vibrant gallery of paintings, as well as their talent and skills, to the community of North Shields.”

Dr John O’Rourke, the Programme Leader for the HE Fine Art courses at Queen Alexandra’s Creative Studios said: “I set this live brief every year with our higher education Fine Art students, studying on HND and Foundation Degree programmes. They have all done a great job, backing up their finished pieces with research and experimentation. The works created are all very strong and I understand how hard it must have been for the Beacon Centre to choose the fifteen paintings, which will be on display for the year ahead. It is a great opportunity for the students. When I graduated, I found it hard to get my first commission because I had not done one before. When I eventually did start creating works of art to commission I thought that it would also be great to run a course where students would have at least a temporary site specific work on their CVs prior to their graduation. This annual competition between our higher education Fine Art students to hang their work in the Beacon is a perfect means of achieving this. The theme this year was ‘Light’ and the students have produced some stunning and imaginative work in response to it.

On the day, visitors will be able to access the event from the Northumberland Square Entrance of the Centre.

To find out more about the College’s wide range of full and part-time art courses at Queen Alex’s Creative Studios click here

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