Art students showcase their talents at end-of-year exhibition


Budding artists and designers have exhibited their work in an end-of-year showcase at New College Lanarkshire’s Coatbridge Campus.

The third annual Art & Design Exhibition brought together work by more than 90 students enrolled in courses ranging from leisure to HND level at our campuses in Cumbernauld, Coatbridge and Kirkintilloch.

It featured a diverse mix of artworks in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, design, photography, tattoo art and graphic novel illustration.

It aimed to give students valuable skills in curation and exhibition installation, as well as providing an insight into the standard of work required for prospective students.

The exhibition opened with an awards presentation in the open-air courtyard. The awards went to:

  • Ann Sweeney was awarded HND Student of the Year. Ann is a student at the Kirkintilloch Campus. She has accepted a place to study for a degree in Art & Design at the University of Stirling.
  • Mari Quinn was named HNC Student of the Year. Mari studies HNC Art and Design at the Coatbridge Campus.
  • Neil Silvester was named NQ Student of the Year. Neil studies NQ Art and Design Portfolio at the Cumbernauld Campus.

Award winner Mari Quinn, 40, from Airdrie, said she was surprised to win after returning to study following 13 years as a full-time mum-of-two, much of which was spent living in Australia.

She said: “I didn’t expect this for a minute, so I was really shocked to have won.

“My piece in the exhibition is dressmaking, but I like doing everything, so I haven’t really got to the point where I can focus on one particular thing.

“I’m going on to do the HND and hope for the best and see where it takes me in life.”

After the awards were announced, students, their friends, families and supporters were able to browse the displays spread across the ground floor of the campus and 101 Park Street foyer.

Lecturer Kelly Cunningham said: “The night was a great success for all involved and the positive feedback was quite astounding.

“The end-of-year exhibition is a culmination of all the students’ hard work, allowing them to showcase their skills to their family, friends, local businesses and wider public.

“As an artist or designer, you put your heart and soul into your work and to show it to the public is both nerve-racking and exhilarating all at the same time.

“Nothing beats the buzz of the opening night of an exhibition and we want all our students to experience that.”

Work by HND Art and Design students is on display in a pop-up exhibition in the Regent Centre in Kirkintilloch until Sunday, June 18.

Applications are now open for Art & Design courses starting in August. Read more here:

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