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FE News | Innovative art project connects colleges in London and China

FE News | Innovative art project connects colleges in London and China

City of Westminster College (CWC) is proud to present the work of a recent international art, design and media project.

Inspired by a visit to the college by photographer and artist Boris Stout about the concept and idea of ​​’home’ – an emotion, a place, a memory, a person, animals, friendship or object – students from the UAL Level 1 Art, Design and Media and the UAL Level 3 Applied General Diploma in Art and Design courses created their own works in response to this idea.

The project is part of a unique collaboration between CWC in London, UK, and Wycombe Abbey International School in Zhangzhou, China, which means that work by students from both institutions will be exhibited at the school’s and the college’s end-of-year exhibitions. Some of the work by Wycombe Abbey students will also be exhibited at Simon Ma’s Dragon Cavallo gallery in Pudong, Shanghai.

Their own work has been exhibited in galleries in Changzhou, China, and this international collaboration was led by tutors Steve Dowson (Wycombe Abbey International School) and Moni Aksdal (City of Westminster College). The pair hope to collaborate with other galleries and spaces in the UK and beyond in the future to produce similar work.

Stephen Davis, CEO and Group Principal of United Colleges Group, said: “I would like to thank Boris Stout for helping to inspire our students to create these stunning and imaginative concept pieces.

“As Maya Angelou once said, ‘You can’t spend creativity. The more you use, the more you have’… a quote that feels very appropriate when admiring these designs; every student who participates in this project can be incredibly proud of their artwork.”

Moni Aksdal, lecturer in art and design at City of Westminster College, said: “We are very proud of our students and the way they have opened a window into their lives in such an interesting way.

“It brings us more cultural awareness and offers great prospects for future collaborations. Because we manage to share all the entries digitally with excellent quality, this concept really works.”