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Art students reveal mural in college training restaurant, The View

Wednesday 16 December 2020

On Tuesday 8 December, RuTC’s Art and Design Level 2 students revealed their murals in the Colleges’ training restaurant; The View which is located on the top floor and offers stunning views of Twickenham Rugby Stadium, and across London.

The murals, commissioned by Sheila Fraser Whyte, Executive Director for Business Development and Innovation at RuTC, were painted under the very fitting theme ‘The View’. This could include the actual view from the restaurant or rather loose and abstract interpretations. Artwork ranged from depictions of the surrounding rugby stadiums, to a deer caught in the light, Google maps resembling street views, city and landscaped, paintings of eyes and a depiction of space. Students painted on a loose canvas, which most had never done before.

Toby Rye, Art and Design lecturer at RuTC, said, “I’m immensely proud of my students’ work - each painting reflects a personal approach and style, and is the culmination of weeks of research and development of ideas. These paintings truly show the diversity of Level 2 here at Richmond upon Thames College and are an indication of the fantastic potential of each and every student. This was just one of the many exciting projects we offer on the Level 2 course, and I’m pleased to say that every student completed the commission on time.”

Sheila Fraser Whyte said, “The View restaurant is a great place for students to showcase their artwork to staff and students, but especially to external stakeholders who will come to the restaurant. I am impressed by the students’ interpretations of the theme ‘The View’, which suits the facilities amazingly.”

The View restaurant gives Catering and Hospitality students the opportunity to experience real work in a restaurant through cooking varied bistro and fine dining menus as well as offering a full service to customers. Once the restaurant is fully operational, it will offer seating for up to 100 customers, which can also be booked for external events, as well as a Chef’s Table. The View is located on the same floor as the college’s new Art Gallery, where students and local artists can exhibit their work and external visitors to the restaurant will also be able to view the artwork.

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