Students and their designs

'A Sense of Place' at Musgrove Park

Interior Textile and Surface Design undergraduates at Somerset College have created a series of panels at Musgrove Park Hospital that celebrate what is special about Taunton and Somerset.

Ten panels have been installed at Musgrove Park Hospital. As well as celebrating the county and town, students were given the task of creating works which emphasised local distinctiveness.

This is the fourth exhibition and continues the positive collaboration between the hospital and college.

The overall winner of the competition was BA (Hons) Design (Interior Textiles and Surface Design) undergraduate Jenni Nolan for her ’Into the Blue’ panel.

Jenni said: ‘I was a bit shocked to win as the other students’ work is a really high standard as well. My piece reflects images that can be seen around Taunton. I have tried to create a relaxing atmosphere so that people can feel they have been transported away from the hospital.’

Art for Life Coordinator Bronwen Gwillim said: ‘The partnership of the College and the hospital plays a crucial role in helping to improve the environment for patients at Musgrove. This exhibition transforms an anonymous corridor into a distinctive area and acts as a diversion from the anxiety that people often feel in hospital. The students have yet again produced excellent, highly professional work.’

This has been a successful year for the partnership between Somerset College and Art For Life, with exhibitions of headwear and a commission to decorate a wall in the new Beacon Centre.

Somerset College deliver degree courses through a partnership with the University of Plymouth. For further information on the BA (Hons) Design (Interior Textiles and Surface Design) course click here. Alternatively contact (01823) 366 331, or email