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Local artist opens end-of-year college Art Exhibition

23rd June 2017

Members of the public are invited to view a range of displays showcasing work produced by talented art, design and media students from Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC).

Local artist opens end-of-year college Art Exhibition

The end-of-year Art Exhibition, titled SHOW, will be officially opened by ex-NULC student and accomplished artist, Ben Riley, at NULC’s Knutton Lane campus on Friday 23 June.

The invitation only launch event will see Ben, who is well-known for creating artwork of famous icons using vinyl records, open the Art Exhibition in front of guests including students’ family members, friends and key stakeholders to the College.

The Art Exhibition will then open to the public on Saturday 24 June at the College’s Open Event between 10am and 12noon and again on Monday 26 June until Thursday 29 June, 10am to 6pm, and Friday 30 June, 10am to 4pm.

Mike Kelly, Assistant Head of Faculty at NULC, said: “Our annual Art Exhibition is known locally as a visual extravaganza! We have some really creative students at NULC and this end-of-year event is a great way for them to showcase their talents and finish the end of their course in style.”

Mike continued: “We’re also really happy to welcome back Ben Riley who will officially open the exhibition. Ben is a real inspiration to all of our existing students that are exhibiting as he has successfully carved out a career as a creative entrepreneur.”

The annual exhibition risen in popularity over the years and welcomes hundreds of visitors who are keen to view the work of some of the most talented students in and around Staffordshire.

NULC is renowned for its art, design and media courses, making it one of the top three further education colleges in the country, according to statistics released by the Department for Education (DfE).

The exhibition encompasses all creative subjects from NULC’s creative department, which includes fashion, film, illustration, 3D design, fine art, ceramics, graphic design, media, photography and textiles.

As a tribute to Jake Dean, who sadly passed away earlier this year whilst studying for a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Graphics and Interactive Media at the College, staff will be displaying some of his work at the Art Exhibition, which he completed during his time at NULC. Staff and students have also arranged for charity buckets to sit next to Jake’s work to raise money for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).

The College offers art, design and media courses at various levels, including A Levels, vocational qualifications and apprenticeships targeted to schools leavers and university-level courses targeted to adults.

For more information about Newcastle-under-Lyme College’s Art Exhibition, visit, email or call 01782 254265.


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