Shop­pers set to be a work of art

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Student Life -

THE cre­ative arts depart­ment at West Lan­cashire Col­lege was re­cently in the Con­course Shop­ping Cen­tre in Skelmers­dale, tak­ing pho­to­graphs for a large scale com­mu­nity arts project.

The shop­ping cen­tre has given stu­dents a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to re­design the large hang­ing ban­ners dis­played at the front of the front atrium.

The pho­to­graphs of mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity will form part of the ban­ner de­signs, which have two ma­jor themes – ur­ban/in­dus­trial and nat­u­ral/ com­mu­nity.

Art and de­sign tu­tor Aimee Smith said: “This is a ter­rific project for our stu­dents to be in­volved in and it is such a great ges­ture from the Con­course to ask for our in­volve­ment.

“It’s not ev­ery day you can say you have a hand in an art­work that will be so promi­nently dis­played and be seen by so many peo­ple.”

A num­ber of shop­pers braved the stu­dio lights to have their pho­to­graphs taken by art lec­turer Gary Owens, as­sisted by stu­dents Matt Hart and Machaela Irv­ing.

The stu­dents from the art and de­sign sec­tor are de­vel­op­ing the ban­ner de­signs over the next few weeks ready for pro­fes­sional print­ing.

The West Lan­cashire Col­lege team are work­ing closely with Jen­nifer Bur­nett, re­tail mar­ket­ing man­ager for the Con­course Shop­ping Cen­tre.

Jen­nifer said: “The hang­ing ban­ner project with the West Lan­cashire Col­lege cre­ative arts stu­dents came about as the ban­ners in situ were look­ing very old and needed re­fresh­ing.

“It was a per­fect op­por­tu­nity to work with the col­lege’s art depart­ment to give their stu­dents a client project for their en­rich­ment and work ex­pe­ri­ence part of their course.

“The brief was to cre­ate some­thing that rep­re­sents Skelmers­dale, that is eas­ily recog­nis­able and that will be a per­ma­nent fix­ture in our cen­tre, at the heart of the town and com­mu­nity.

“I am re­ally im­pressed with the de­signs and the amount of work that has gone in to the ban­ners so far and am ex­cited to see them when they are ready to in­stall.”

The ban­ners will be ready to dis­play in the sum­mer and will hang over the main es­ca­la­tors in the front atrium.

Cre­ative arts stu­dents at work in the Con­course cen­tre

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