As part of the project work, Richmond upon Thames College’s Access to Higher Education in Art & Design students have been given the amazing opportunity to get involved in the Orleans House Gallery current exhibition around Cultural Reforesting. Students were given the same artist brief as the Gallery’s commissioned artists and responded to the brief with their own individual flare.
Featuring the work of 13 young artists from the Access to Higher Education, Art & Design course at Richmond Upon Thames College (RuTC), Oxy[re]Generation invites audiences to learn more about the climate crisis, biodiversity and how we can fix our broken relationship with nature.
Through fine art, graphics, sculpture and architecture, Oxy[re]generation presents the artistic and scientific research and ideas of the 13 students with brand new pieces of work. Playful, imaginative and future focused, this exhibition provides an exciting opportunity to see the debut of a fresh cohort of West London artists before they pursue their artistic careers.
Orleans House Gallery has been working with the students since January 2021 to support the development of this exhibition through a series of workshops, creative briefs, and interviews as part of the Gallery’s 3 year Cultural Reforesting programme. Artists have worked directly with the students to develop creative approaches to the question ‘How can we renew our relationship with nature?’
Jo Terrell, Art & Design lecturer at RuTC said, “This opportunity has been so exciting for the students; to be able to work with Richmond Arts Service and Orleans House Gallery, responding to a live brief and actually exhibiting their work to the public in such as fantastic location. With the hardships of lockdown and Covid-19, this platform showcases the students’ hard work over the last few months and has created such excitement and anticipation”.
RuTC’s Access to Higher Education course in Art & Design is ideal for those interested in a future career within the Creative Arts industries. The course is designed specifically to meet the needs of adult learners in preparation for progression to higher education. It is a practical and studio based course, providing a thorough grounding in the fundamental principles of all art and design practice.”
Opening Night: 22nd June 2021 – 5pm to 8pm
Other Dates: 23rd June until 26th July 2021 – 5pm to 8pm
General Gallery opening times are: Tuesday – Sunday – 10am to 5pm
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Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there are timed 30 minutes slots with a maximum of 22 people allowed in the gallery at one time.
Examples of the students’ work in progress for the exhibition:
Cindy Koseda – work in progress for final outcome
Sara Vannella – Shadow Sculpture
Ben de Gheselle – working on his ceramic tree installation
Cindy Koseda – working on her wire squirrel
Finished papier-mache squirrel
Myriam Crete – Roses in Drain Cover – test piece
Cindy Koseda – test idea for Cultural Reforesting
Ben De Gheselle – test idea for Cultural Reforesting