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Summer exhibition showcases creative talent

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Stroud School of Art’s renowned end of year art show has showcased the work of students at SGS College in Stroud.

“We are so pleased to hold our end of year exhibition for the first time since 2019. The opening night saw over 600 visitors come to enjoy art, design, photography, game design and music as we turned the studios into a professional exhibition space.

“Families and friends of the students were incredibly positive about the quality and diversity of the work they saw, highlighting how exciting it was to have a showcase opportunity like this. We are immensely proud of our students and privileged to have shared this last year with them,” said Tom Henderson, Learning Area Manager, Creative Media at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.

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Tom Henderson, Learning Area Manager, Creative Media at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, with the piece produced by construction students which features in the Level 1 and 2 Art and Design display.

Students transformed the art studios and workshops into a gallery to exhibit their final pieces of coursework, showing the incredible talent, passion and dedication to their craft. The exhibition incorporates a range of media including ceramics, painting, photography through to digital work and animation, with each individual curation, immersing the viewer in elaborate concepts and ideas.

Stroud School of Art has had a diverse and interesting history; starting out in 1860 offering a few small classes in a former pub on Kendrick Street, to moving to Lansdown and becoming The Stroud School of Science and Art. In 1990 the Art School, along with its courses and tutors was acquired by Stroud College, now named SGS College, becoming an integral and hugely successful part of the curriculum on offer to learners of all ages.

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‘Communion’ by Ben Bishop.

Recognised as Outstanding by Ofsted, SGS College is now the largest provider of vocational Art in the South West and is renowned for offering exceptional and inspiring courses in a range of areas within the art sector.  

The exhibitions is also a fantastic opportunity for visitors to get an insight into the inspiring and varied Art & Design courses on offer across SGS College campuses which range from fine art, product design, textiles, ceramics and more, and are open to all ages and abilities from part time leisure courses to degree level options. 

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Amory Falconer with his documentary photographs taken at Giffords Circus.

The exhibition is drawing to a close, but is open today, Thursday, June 30th 10am-4pm and Friday, July 1st 10am-1pm.

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