Former art students selected for major new visual arts exhibition in Stirling

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Three former art students from New College Lanarkshire feature in a major new visual art exhibition.

Jimmy Douglas, Angela McAuley and Thomas Galloway have been selected to have their work exhibited in Future Artists Scotland.

The exhibition, which is the brainchild of Forth Valley College art lecturer Ewan John, is a showcase of up-and-coming student artists across Scotland.

Currently on display at the University of Stirling’s Pathfoot Building, it comprises work by more than 40 student artists drawn from ten colleges to represent the diverse and vibrant work currently being created.

Jimmy Douglas gained an HND from our Kirkintilloch Campus and is now studying for an art degree at Forth Valley College; Angela McAuley completed her HNC at our Cumbernauld Campus and is currently working on her own professional practice; while HND graduate Thomas Galloway, who studied at the Kirkintilloch Campus, is now an Artist in Residence at New College Lanarkshire.

At the launch event, both Angela and Thomas were chosen to receive special recognition prizes by Jane Cameron, Curator of the University of Stirling’s Art Collection.

The exhibition also features artwork from students from Forth Valley College, Edinburgh College, Dundee & Angus, Dumfries & Galloway College, West College Scotland, Glasgow Clyde College, Fife College, City of Glasgow College and Ayrshire College.

Art & Design lecturer Kelly Cunningham said: “The Future Artists Exhibition is a fantastic platform for our students and graduates to showcase their work to a wider audience.

“I am immensely proud of all our students’ achievements and for Angela and Thomas to take home two of only six prizes awarded at the launch was simply the icing on the cake.”

Exhibition curator Ewan John, who was inspired by a trip to the Royal Scottish Academy’s New Contemporaries Exhibition, said: “This is the inaugural Future Artists Scotland Exhibition, an annual showcase of the important, challenging and contemporary artwork produced throughout Scotland's Further Education Colleges.

“It is felt that the artwork emerging from Scotland’s FE colleges is increasing in cultural significance and has earned a place in which to express itself and in return should be rewarded with the media attention and critical acclaim it deserves.”

The exhibition is open daily from 9am until 5pm until Tuesday, December 20.

To find out more about the exhibition, visit www.futureartistsscotland.co.uk

Furthermore, budding artists from five local schools recently enjoyed a showcase by a leading art school at our Cumbernauld Campus.

The Portfolio Preparation Showcase allowed pupils interested in a career in art to see the standard of work required to study at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (DJCAD).

Now in its third year, the event also offered an insight into New College Lanarkshire’s range of Art & Design courses and its custom-built studios.

More than 40 pupils of S5 and S6 browsed portfolios by successful first-year applicants and took part in art workshops.

Dundee-based DJCAD is renowned for being one of the top art schools in the UK, with courses in fine art, graphic design, illustration, textile design and animation.

Around 90 current Art & Design students from New College Lanarkshire were also given a lecture in DJCAD life, what to expect as a student there and expert advice in understanding what the content of their portfolio should be.

Each portfolio is a prospective student’s opportunity to showcase their personality, development and abilities.

Lecturer Kelly Cunningham added: “Student portfolios are an imperative part of our courses, and we aim to give our students the correct guidance and offer them the best possible opportunity to progress to art school.

“The partnership with DJCAD also allowed students and school pupils to chat with members of the team and understand what prestigious art schools look for in their candidates, while allowing them to build initial relationships and develop their confidence ahead of applications.”

New College Lanarkshire offers a range of art courses at NQ, HNC and HND levels.

The Life Drawing or Illustration for Graphic Novels and Tattooing courses are currently open for applications for January entry.​

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