Students celebrate work experience success at exhibition at Pioneer Higher Skills Centre


Students receive awards at Pioneer Higher Skills Centre exhibition.

On 20 April, the Work Experience Team held an Art Exhibition for our Level 3 Art and Design and Media students to present their final pieces from four different Employer-Led Live Briefs for Soroptimist International and Dewsbury Arcade. The briefs covered a variety of themes, including ‘A Sense of Home’, ‘Artwork With a Voice’, ‘Dewsbury Arcade’ and ‘Dewsbury Heroes’.

Over 50 students completed both 2D and 3D artwork, with 50 pieces exhibited at the event.

Mike Mawson from Dewsbury Arcade, Pat Thornes and Linda Davis from Soroptimist International came in to award runners up and winners. The award ceremony took place with speeches from employers and staff, celebrating the hard work of the students. 

Emma Crosland, Creative industries Placement Officer said:

“I am very proud of the student’s work. They have showcased a high standard of professional practice by successfully communicating the theme of the brief through quality technical skill. There is some exceptional work completed using both traditional and digital techniques, and students have managed their work experience effectively alongside their study programme.”

One of the briefs focussed on the history of Dewsbury, specifically the Arcade, which is set to reopen next year. Mike Mawson, Dewsbury Arcade Heritage Link Worker commented:

“Myself, the board and members from Kirklees Council have been thoroughly impressed with the quality of work and the research undertaken into the heritage of Dewsbury and the Arcade. It has been great to see the initial ideas and artists research inform final ideas. We are very excited to showcase they work within our exhibition space and within Dewsbury Arcade when it reopens in 2024”.

Claire Sayce, Curriculum Area Manager for Creative Industries also commented on the student’s success:

“The work produced by the students was of a very high standard and we are extremely proud of everyone who took part. We are delighted to have worked with Soroptimist International and the Dewsbury Arcade and are looking forward to continuing to work with them in the future”.

Work exhibited also included the two winners of Soroptimist International’s International Women’s Day Brief, Embrace Equity, Edie Berryman and Katie Brennan.

To find out more about Creative Industries at Kirklees College, head to our Art and Design, Media, Music and Performing Arts pages.

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