Student talent stands out at Creative Industries Exhibition

Published: 19th June 2019

Published by City College Southampton

Our annual Creative Industries Exhibition was officially launched last night (Tuesday 18th June) with a private view event to celebrate the final year work of our creative students.

Both floors of the Hub, were transformed into a large exhibition space displaying creative work from full-time, part-time and higher education students. The work on show included a wide range of specialisms, such as fine art, print-making, painting, sculpture, theatrical make-up, photography, illustration and graphic design.

During the evening, our Theatrical Hair and Media Make-Up students staged a catwalk show, which was not only a display of creative talent but also raised awareness about the harmful effects of plastic waste. The students included the concept of plastic within their creations; taking inspiration for areas such as plastic in the oceans, plastic surgery (plastic in the human body) and the overall effects of plastic on the planet.

There was also a projection mapping show created by the Production Arts Students which used visuals, music and a car to again tackle the serious issues facing our planet.

Students were present during the private view to talk to invited guests about their artistic journey, their methods of research, investigation and experimentation which led to their final exhibition work.

Charlotte Dennis HND Art and Design student, who is progressing onto a Master program at the University for the Creative Arts (Farnham) commented, “I love the freedom we have on this course, I was able to experiment and truly push myself and my art. I really feel like the tutors supported my ideas and their industry knowledge has been invaluable.”



Lisa Makinson who was visiting the exhibition said that “I was so impressed by the standard of the work and the talent of the students, it honestly blew me away. The fact that these students are creating such incredible and reactive work is a real testament to the teaching standards at City College. Everyone involved must be very proud.”

Principal, Sarah Stannard, said of the exhibition: “We are thrilled by the quality of this year’s show for Creative Industries – exhibiting work by our Art and Design and Photography students and with a catwalk show for Theatrical Hair and Media Make-up.  Completing students are progressing to an impressive list of art schools and universities and we’re delighted that one very talented HND Art & Design student has been accepted straight on to a Master’s degree, which is testimony both to her talent and to the quality of teaching she has experienced at City College.”

Guests were welcomed to the event and treated to canapés and drinks prepared and served by our Hospitality and Catering students.

Delighted with the success of the opening night, Art and Design lecturer, Victoria Rick added: “A huge congratulations to all of our students, the thought and commitment they have given to this years’ show has been fantastic! The standard of work is very high; it’s something they all should be very proud of.”