Every year, the University of the Arts London (UAL) selects the most exciting work from students across the country who have completed their UAL courses. Art & Design Level 2 UAL Diploma students Jack Blanks and Emily Gachette as well as Art & Design Level 3 Extended Diploma UAL students Daniel Velosa and Faith Pedroso had their work included in the exhibition.
Jack made a 12-panel painting exploring various religious symbols and iconography using acrylic paint and ink. Emily made a series of lino prints on cotton, using a range of overlapping, dream-like colours to explore the theme of connectivity and spirituality.
Daniel’s project consisted of a variety of textile patterns that can be used for interior surface décor such as wallpaper, curtains, bedlinen, upholstery and tablecloths. It used organic forms alongside geometric shapes, tessellated layers and colour patterns, attended to appeal to all genders. Faith designed her own stationery brand targeting young audiences, taking a minimalistic approach in contrast to the trend of loud designs in current existing brands.
Toby Rye, Art & Design teacher at RuTC, said, “The whole group made an exciting and diverse range of work for their final project in response to the theme of ‘Journeys’. We started the project by going on a research visit to Greenwich and the National Maritime Museum. All the students independently researched and developed their own ideas and exhibited their final work in the end of year show. A number of our students were selected for the prestigious Origins exhibition, which showcases the most interesting and challenging work from courses across the country and did Richmond upon Thames College proud with their paintings and prints respectively.”