Victoria Baker

Fine Art Students Open Arts Festival

Somerset College Fine Art degree students opened the renowned Appledore Visual Arts Festival in North Devon this week with their exhibition titled 'Entity'.

Nearly 20 second year FdA Fine Art students from Somerset College displayed their collections at Appledore.

Somerset College were asked to open the Appledore Visual Arts Festival for the second year running in a special exhibition at the Glove Factory in the picturesque village on the North Devon coast.

Student Elizabeth Earley said: ‘It was so exciting to take part in this exhibition, the collections look stunning. We have worked so hard to get this far, it is the culmination of our professional practice module. I have learnt so much, and can now call myself a professional artist. The course has been a tremendous experience.'

Students have created paintings, film, installations and sculpture to display in the exhibition. The exhibition will remain open throughout the festival.

Fine Art tutor, Stuart Rosamond, said: ‘We have a longstanding six year relationship with the Appledore Visual Arts Festival and with the Festival organiser, Sandy Brown. It is such a privilege that for the second year running our second year degree students opened the show. Each year we've exhibited at Appledore the exhibition has got better and better.'

For further information on university level courses delivered at Somerset College, including FdA and BA (Hons) Fine Art contact (01823) 366 331. Somerset College offers degree level courses in partnership with the University of Plymouth.

Appledore Visual Arts Festival takes place between Thursday 28 May and Sunday 31 May in Appledore, North Devon. For further information on the festival visit www.appledorearts.org. Adults will be able to gain entry to the majority of events during the entire festival by purchasing a £3 badge available at exhibits.

Images of the student's work and the opening are available at  the Colleges Flickr photostream.