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WLC Creative Arts Department Organise Community Art Project

Tuesday, March 7 2017

 

Creative images

Our Creative Arts department at West Lancashire College were recently in the Concourse Shopping Centre taking photographs for a large scale community arts project. Our Creative Arts students have been given a fantastic opportunity by the Concourse Shopping Centre to redesign the large scale hanging banners that are displayed at the front of the shopping centre’s front atrium.

The photographs of members of the local community will form part of the banner designs, which have two major themes - urban / industrial and natural / community.  Our Art and Design Tutor Aimee Smith has said ‘this is a terrific project for our students to be involved in and it is such a great gesture from the Concourse to ask for our involvement. It’s not every day you can say you have a hand in an artwork that will be so prominently displayed and be seen by so many people.’

A number of shoppers braved the studio lights to have their photographs taken by our art lecturer Gary Owens, assisted by students Matt Hart and Machaela Irving. The students from our Art and Design sector are developing the banner designs over the next few weeks ready for professional printing.

WLC team are working closely with Jennifer Burnett, Retail Marketing Manager for the Concourse Shopping Centre. Jennifer says “The hanging banner project with the West Lancashire college creative arts students came about as the banners in situ were looking very old and needed refreshing. It was a perfect opportunity to work with the college’s art department to give their students a client project for their enrichment and work experience part of their course.

“The brief was to create something that represents Skelmersdale, that is easily recognisable and that will be a permanent fixture in our centre, at the heart of the town and community. I am really impressed with the designs and the amount of work that has gone in to the banners so far and am excited to see them when they are ready to install.”

Thank you to everyone who took part in the photoshoot on Saturday. The hanging banners will be ready to display in the Summer and will hang over the main escalators in the Concourse Shopping Centre front atrium.

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