Left to right, Somerset College Principal Rachel Davies, Chris Spencer of Pardoes Solicitors, students Claire Prior and Mark Nesbitt, visitor Gill Moore and Head of Fine Art Stuart Rosamond.

Stunning venue for exhibition

The sun shone, the band played, and Glastonbury festival organiser Michael Eavis declared Somerset College’s graduating university students’ art show officially open.

Over 200 people attended the private viewing of the Foundation Degree end of year show at the medieval Tithe Barn in Pilton near Glastonbury, which was magnificently restored with support from Glastonbury Festival funds.

“The students and staff organised an excellent show to profile their talents and the venue was spectacular,” said Rachel Davies, Principal of Somerset College. 

As well as enjoying the art work within, visitors to the exhibition took advantage of the balmy weather to sit outside while a jazz band played throughout the evening.

The event was sponsored by Pardoes Solicitors and company partner Chris Spencer, a major supporter of the arts and Somerset College, said: “It’s good for business and good for Taunton having such high calibre work from students at Somerset College.”

The students  organised a display of paintings, sculpture, printmaking, film, photography, textiles and installations.

Called Ad Lucem, it ran until May 27 and kicks off a series of end of year art and design shows by students at venues including The Brewhouse Gallery and the College itself.