Creative Arts students hold inspirational show

Barnet and Southgate College Creative Arts Students are holding their final year show at the Wood St Campus in High Barnet. The show is open to the public and free to enter until 27 June 2018.

The show, entitled 'Discerning Eyes', features the eclectic and inspirational work from a range of photography, media and art and design students.

The 2018 exhibition showcases paintings, sculpture, animation, fashion, textiles and was officially opened with a private viewing this week, which was attended by students, their parents and college governors and staff. As part of the show an award ceremony took place for fashion students judged by a panel of esteemed judges which included: Tom Davies from Poeticgem ; a menswear designer and Gill Baski, head lingerie designer at John Lewis. One of the winners at the  event included Elia Buafoh, aged 16, studying on the Level 3 extended diploma in fashion, she won first place for her collection themed on the military, which will be on show in the College’s entrance.

Elia Buafoh shows her work at the end of year show

Taking centre stage in the atrium of the Wood Street Campus is the dynamic sculpture of 18 year old, Syamini Brathwaite, studying on the College’s art and design foundation diploma. Syamini moved to London from the USA to study whilst living with family in the UK. She has been offered a place at Brighton University to study for a degree in 3D design and also a place at Rhode Island School of Design in USA to continue her foundation diploma. Her final major project is the sculpture (pictured here) Syamini said, “My 3D piece is based on my idea of London, I used design and texture to portray the feeling of claustrophobia that I felt when I first got to London and experienced on the underground system.”

Syamini Brathwaite shows her work at the end of year show

The talented students have been working on their final projects for many months and some of them have already been offered places at university, students such as, John Kolikis, aged 20 (also pictured here) who is studying on the Level 3 extended diploma in photography. He said: “I’ve already got a conditional offer at Kingston University to study photography. For my final project I created a photographic piece on loneliness within a crowded city; I used a technique called layering, where I took 10 to 15 photos on the tube, where people are surrounded by other people, but as an individual you can still feel very lonely, I used light to highlight the individual in the final piece.”

John Kolikis with his work at the end of year show

Barnet and Southgate College Principal David Byrne said: “Barnet and Southgate College is extremely proud of all our talented Creative Arts students; they have put together an eclectic, inspirational and very professional show. This is testament to the dedication and hard work involved in creating their final year projects. It has also given the students a chance to shine and be part of a team organising a real life modern art exhibition, which they may even one day host themselves.” 

Take a look at more photos from the event on the College's Flickr page