Charity based art wins pupils chance to show work at gallery

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Design students in Scarborough have been putting their creative talents to the test in a competition organised by a local businessman.

Former Yorkshire Coast College, and now director of Aura Web Design, Paul Taylor contacted his former college to set its present students a challenge.

He tasked them to take part in the Visual Awareness competition, in which the young designers had to select a charity with a local presence, study the subject matter, and create a piece or art based on it.

Mr Taylor said: “Now that I have a chance, I wanted to give something back to the both the college and the local community. With this in mind I contacted Ben Nolan of Yorkshire Coast College and explained to him I wanted to run a competition for the students and then exhibit their work.”

Mr Taylor contacted the Stephen Joseph Theatre and arranged for the pupil’s work to be exhibited there every day this month until Saturday 27.

Mr Taylor said: “We hope the good people of Scarborough will come out and see the quality of work produced, we’ll also be showcasing the work online as well.”

The competition was won by Luke Keown with his design for Martin House children’s hospice. Designing art for Scarborough’s Blind and Partially Sighted Society won Lewis Chapple second place while in third place Kimberley Somers impressed the judges with her creation for the Muir Maxwell Trust, a paediatric epilepsy charity.

Ben Nolan, tutor at Yorkshire Coast College, said: “Paul approached us at Yorkshire Coast College, as both a past student and a well-known practitioner in Scarborough, to see if we would be interested in a project for our Creative Art & Design learners.

“Paul was willing to sponsor the project with three prizes and was very keen to ensure the project had a local community based theme.

“Together we devised ‘Visual Awareness’ a competition that has seen our learners pick a local charity and produce a piece of artwork that represented, in a thoughtful and sympathetic manner, a visual interpretation of the problems and causes it represents.

“It’s a great opportunity for our learners to be involved in live projects and competitions as it helps them experience working towards deadlines for a range of clients and see their finished work on display.

“This is something we regularly involve our learners with as live projects and competitions enhance their portfolios for interviews with Universities and employers. In addition, being able to meet the needs of a given requirement ensures that learners are working towards other people’s requirements and not just their own.”