Students draw on inspiration for racecourse mural

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Art and Design students from New College Lanarkshire have teamed up with Hamilton Park Racecourse to design a new mural for its venue. 

The team recently visited the racecourse to gain inspiration for their project, which will take pride of place in the main stand tunnel and will celebrate the history of the Lanarkshire venue. 

The initiative, a first by Hamilton Park, has been hailed as a fantastic opportunity for students to showcase their work in the community. 

Kelly Cunningham, Art and Design Lecturer, said: "Working in partnership with Hamilton Park Racecourse is an incredibly exciting prospect for our art and design students and for the wider college.

"It offers the students a unique opportunity to work with a hugely reputable client that is local to the College - giving students invaluable experience of working with a live brief that will allow them to see their work showcased in the local community."

Over 20 students will each create their own interpretation of the brief before a winning entry is selected. 

The candidates have already visited the course with tutor Kelly to view the site and hear a presentation about the venue from Ashley Moon, head of marketing and operations at the racecourse. 

Ashley said: "Since we opened in 1926, Hamilton Park Racecourse has been tied to the community and surrounding area. 

"We are delighted to have partnered with New College Lanarkshire as we look to further cement those links and create this one-off piece of art for our venue. 

"We are really looking forward to seeing how the students interpret the brief. 

"This is a fantastic opportunity for them to create a piece of history which will be on display for years to come."

Along with having the work displayed, the student with the winning design will pick up £250 while two runners up will take £100 each. 

Vivien Kyles, chief executive at Hamilton Park Racecourse, said: "The history of the course has always been intrinsically linked to the wider Lanarkshire community and this design competition carries on that legacy."

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