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23 October, 2020

Fine Art students celebrate success at Tyca Festival

Fine Art degree students at University Centre Somerset are celebrating picking up four prizes in the Taunton Youth Culture & Arts (Tyca) Festival’s visual arts competition this year.

Congratulations to Sophie Gilroy and Rhona Valentine who each won first prize in their respective categories.

Sophie’s taxidermy work ‘Micecream’ won the 3D category. Sophie uses taxidermy to explore gendered spaces. Her recent work investigates the kitchen as a traditionally female space.

Rhona’s painting ‘Resist’ topped the 2D category. Rhona paints intuitively and expressively often depicting figures that represent her experiences of mental health.

Congratulations also to Oli Kirkham and Juliette Lake who were placed second and third in the 3D category.

Naomi Goude, Head of Creative Arts at UCS said,

“We are immensely proud of Sophie, Rhona, Oli and Juliette and of the work they have submitted, and are really pleased to be involved with the festival. Taking part in the event’s competitions and workshops adds another dimension to the student experience at UCS, giving our students the opportunity to be part of, and to contribute to, the wider arts community in Taunton."

Together, Bridgwater & Taunton College and University Centre Somerset offer the local community the opportunity to explore and study the arts in a range of ways, from leisure classes through to degrees. School leavers are catered for with vocational and A Level courses in creative subjects, as are adults wishing to return to formal arts study with our Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, an ideal stepping stone to our Foundation and Honours degrees.

Find out more at www.btc.ac.uk and www.somerset.ac.uk

To find out more about the Tyca Festival, visit www.tycafestival.co.uk