Top students named at Art and Design’s celebration


Art and Design students from New College Lanarkshire have celebrated completing their courses with a virtual bash.

More than 50 students and staff, who are normally based in our dedicated art studios in Coatbridge, Cumbernauld and Kirkintilloch campuses, joined the Zoom call.

The three top learners from HND, HNC and NQ levels were named as part of the online celebration.

Lecturer Kelly Cunningham said: “The event went extremely well – there were tears and loads of laughter.

“It wasn’t quite the same as our annual end-of-year exhibition opening night, but we’re just glad we could do something to celebrate all of our amazing students.”

And here are NCL’s winning Art and Design students from 2019-2020:

HND Student of the Year – Lauren-Marie Kennedy

Kelly Cunningham, HND Course Team Leader, said: “Lauren-Marie has been a grade-A student from the get-go of her HND.

“Her unrelenting research meant that she explored all her options, she embraced new techniques, developed her concepts effectively, and always produced exceptional final works.

“Her work evolved over the year from illustration into a more theatrical installation style, always with a deeply-rooted theme close to her heart: the prevention of cruelty to animals in its many forms.

“We are extremely proud of Lauren-Marie – she is a well-deserved HND Student of the Year and we wish her all the very best in her future.”

Lauren-Marie has accepted a place to study BA (Hons) Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in Dundee.

During lockdown, all HND Art and Design students completed a Graded Unit based on the theme of ‘Consumption’.

HNC Student of the Year – Rachel Philp

Sandra Ord, HNC Course Team Leader, said: “Rachel has pushed her creativity by embracing not only what she already knows, but also challenging herself by exploring new things, all the while remaining true to herself.

“Rachel has a unique, fun style, whose art is instantly recognisable, albeit in a way that may give you nightmares!

“She has a strong work ethic which is evident by participating in the College’s ‘Market Day’ events, where she has displayed and sold her work, gathering quite a following of fans!

“Throughout the year Rachel has consistently displayed a professional attitude, with enthusiasm, a sense of fun and always a smile. In addition, she still finds time to look out for others.”

Rachel will now progress to study HND Art and Design at our Kirkintilloch Campus.

During lockdown, HNC students took part in weekly online catch-ups in addition to working on personal projects such as sculpture, painting, illustration, applied art and performance.

NQ Student of the Year – Connor Halligan

Simone Williams-Orr, NQ Course Team Leader, said: “We were delighted to award Connor with NQ Student of the Year as he has always shown 100% determination, passion and dedication to his studies.

“Connor has had an incredible journey in the two years that he has studied with us at NCL, starting with very little confidence in his abilities and blossoming into the mature and confident student that he is today.

“We can't wait to follow his journey onto HNC and beyond to see him develop even further.”

As part of their home study activities during lockdown, NQ students were tasked with exploring figure and life drawing skills during live-streamed sessions with local art organisations, including Drawing Life Studio in Glasgow, Reconfigure Life Drawing in Edinburgh, and ATYNudes online life drawing club.

In addition, Art and Design students at HND, HNC and NQ level regularly took part in Instagram Art Prompts, sharing their work that was inspired by a different theme every week during lockdown.

To see more of the work produced, please visit NCL’s Art and Design Instagram page, @NCL_Creative

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