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Suffolk students’ artwork showcased at Sailmakers shopping centre in Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 11:23 30 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:23 30 May 2018

Suffolk One College students, from left, Jasmine Catling, Dylan Gant and Holly Bruce at the exhibition of their work at Sailmakers Shopping Centre Picture: JAMES FLETCHER PHOTOGRAPHY LTD

Suffolk One College students, from left, Jasmine Catling, Dylan Gant and Holly Bruce at the exhibition of their work at Sailmakers Shopping Centre Picture: JAMES FLETCHER PHOTOGRAPHY LTD

JAMES FLETCHER PHOTOGRAPHY LTD

Talented students have added a splash of colour to a former retail unit in Sailmakers shopping centre with an exhibition of art work.

Sailmakers bosses say the exhibition is providing a welcome diversion for customers Picture: JAMES FLETCHER PHOTOGRAPHY LTDSailmakers bosses say the exhibition is providing a welcome diversion for customers Picture: JAMES FLETCHER PHOTOGRAPHY LTD

Bosses at the complex have teamed up with Suffolk One to deliver the gallery, which they say is providing a welcome diversion for customers.

It’s an exciting concept and great opportunity for the students, according to art and design teacher Rhiannon Blackman.

Holly Bruce enjoyed seeing her work in the exhibition Picture: JAMES FLETCHER PHOTOGRAPHY LTDHolly Bruce enjoyed seeing her work in the exhibition Picture: JAMES FLETCHER PHOTOGRAPHY LTD

“It’s wonderful for them to have the opportunity to see their work on display in front of a wider audience,” she added.

“Last year Sailmakers staged a very successful showing of photography by our students and we’re delighted to be able to build on that.

Jasmine Catling with one of her works at the Sailmakers gallery Picture: JAMES FLETCHER PHOTOGRAPHY LTDJasmine Catling with one of her works at the Sailmakers gallery Picture: JAMES FLETCHER PHOTOGRAPHY LTD

“We are already planning a second exhibition of paintings later in the year entitled ‘Land and Sea’ which is very appropriate for Suffolk and which follows a visit by the students to Felixstowe.”

Many of the works on display are part of the students’ coursework – and among the artists is 16-year-old Jasmine Catling from Worlingworth.

Chiefs have turned a former retail unit into a temporary gallery Picture: JAMES FLETCHER PHOTOGRAPHY LTDChiefs have turned a former retail unit into a temporary gallery Picture: JAMES FLETCHER PHOTOGRAPHY LTD

“It’s really exciting to be able to display my work in public like this,” she said.

“I have four pieces in the exhibition, working with fabrics as I’m doing an A-level in textiles which is a great course and I’m really enjoying it.

Dylan Cant said he felt amazing to see his work on display in public Picture: JAMES FLETCHER PHOTOGRAPHY LTDDylan Cant said he felt amazing to see his work on display in public Picture: JAMES FLETCHER PHOTOGRAPHY LTD

“I am interested in fashion and do a lot of sewing and making my own clothes.”

Artwork created by Dylan Cant, 17, from Felixstowe, and Holly Bruce, 17, from Mistey, in Essex, is also featured.

Miss Catling is currently studying for an A-level in textiles Picture: JAMES FLETCHER PHOTOGRAPHY LTDMiss Catling is currently studying for an A-level in textiles Picture: JAMES FLETCHER PHOTOGRAPHY LTD

Mr Cant is studying for a B-Tech Level Three in art and said: “It’s amazing to have your work on display in public.

“It just looks so different when it’s part of an exhibition and it’s very inspiring.

Sailmakers manager Mike Sorhaindo said the exhibition was a brilliant opportunity to showcase the students' work Picture: JAMES FLETCHER PHOTOGRAPHY LTDSailmakers manager Mike Sorhaindo said the exhibition was a brilliant opportunity to showcase the students' work Picture: JAMES FLETCHER PHOTOGRAPHY LTD

“I have three different pieces on show and I’d like to use my artistic skills to go into graphic design.”

Meanwhile, Miss Bruce added: “I’ve never had anything like this before so it’s a really good opportunity for us.

Art and design teacher Rhiannon Blackman who has set up the display in the former Post Office unit at the shopping centre Picture: JAMES FLETCHER PHOTOGRAPHY LTDArt and design teacher Rhiannon Blackman who has set up the display in the former Post Office unit at the shopping centre Picture: JAMES FLETCHER PHOTOGRAPHY LTD

“The course finishes next summer and I would like to go to university and do art for video games.”

Sailmakers manager Mike Sorhaindo hailed the exhibition a great success.

Sailmakers Shopping Centre has teamed up with students from One to put on an exhibition of artwork Picture: JAMES FLETCHER PHOTOGRAPHY LTDSailmakers Shopping Centre has teamed up with students from One to put on an exhibition of artwork Picture: JAMES FLETCHER PHOTOGRAPHY LTD

He added: “It’s brilliant that we are able to showcase the work of such a talented group of young people.

“There is so much good work that goes on in our schools and colleges and much of it is hardly ever seen by the public so we wanted to give the public the chance to see just how gifted the students are.

“It underlines our commitment to the local community and it adds another dimension to the average shopping trip so we plan to hold more such exhibitions and would be keen to hear from other local schools and organisations interested in displaying their work.”


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