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Festival of Creativity

Godalming College hosted a showcase event of students’ work, which included displays from subjects such as Art, Textiles, Photography, Graphic Design, Product Design, Drama, Dance, Media, Music and Film.  Parents and VIPs were invited to the College for a preview evening on Monday 6th July and enjoyed a glass of wine and BBQin the piazza but the exhibition continued throughout the week.

The exciting art exhibition provided a broad range of artwork of the highest standard. Some highlights of the Art show included: an eight foot giraffe constructed from mirrored glass by Tristen Hibberd, some brilliant still life compositions from Harvey Wise, the perfect artistry of Naomi Humphries or the class brought by Olivia Hutson in a range of formats including pen work, painting and sewing pieces.

The textile exhibition featured an exciting and diverse range of Art Textile work. Beautiful examples of print, both hand and machine embroidery, felting, constructed textiles, papermaking, concept fashion and installation pieces are displayed. Particular highlights include Lauren Mabely's beautifully illustrative 1950's stitched fashion illustrations and fabulous woodland prints quilted and embellished with hand embroidery. In addition, Sophie Evans's rich and vibrant suspended constructed panels, taking inspiration from architecture and the textile artist Michael Brennand Wood, were fabulous. Tom Harwood’s outstanding drawings and sculptures of a rat and fox showcased his ability to not only visualize but truly craft his pieces. Hazel May’s exploration of erosion and decay resulted in a superb textural panel that incorporated both acetate trapped lilies and silkscreen printed fabric fragments. 

The photography show involved a broad range of genres including documentary, art photography, texture colour and conceptual pieces. Some of the highlights of the photography exhibition are; the cool minimalist ‘white on white’ and ‘black on black’ images of Joseph Ellis with his strong design sense; the landscapes of luxury contrasted with desolation by Frankie Kealey; the faded and bleached landscapes of memory created by Phoebe Callahan Mills; the unusual perspective images of the human form by Lucy Dallyn.

This year’s Design students have produced a fantastic exhibition of work which can be viewed in the Social Study Area at Godalming College and is evidence of their imagination creativity and skills. On show will be projects from both the product design and graphic design courses covering a wide range of design ideas from a cup holder for Waitrose to a modern design for a town house; from packaging and branding drinks to illustration and advertising the health benefits of giving up smoking.

In Drama/Performing Arts, a new musical called Love Bites based on the novel and film Let the Right One In by Ajvide Lindqvist, was performed by the Upper Sixth students, many of who are off to drama school or study drama at university in September. Love bites is an anarchic tale of loneliness, love and legend featuring Oskar, a lonely boy from a broken home who is bullied and is longing for friendship.  Eli is a troubled girl who moves in next door, she never goes to school and is compelled to fill an eternal emptiness. When a series of brutal killings happen in the neighbourhood these two young misfits make a deep connection. It is a strange and tender love story which is pushed to unimaginable limits when the shocking truth about Elis tests Oskar’s love and loyalty.

On the same evening the Godalming College Media & Film Department hosted a Night of Celebration, featuring original moving image material created by upper sixth students. Sixteen works have been selected for screening, representing all  three of the Level 3 courses offered by the department; A2 Media Studies, A2 Film Studies and BTEC Creative Media Sub Diploma. 

A Music Concert in the Main Hall was of exceptional standard and included the Concert Orchestra, Jazz Band, Rock Choir and Chamber Choir. Students own composition work featured highly which included the stunning Prometheus String Quartet written by Caleb Rowan.  Students of note Maddy Pickering (Co-leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain), Vicki Fenech (Co-leader of Surrey Youth Orchestra), Peter Fenech and Holly Scott (leaders of the viola section of Surrey Youth Orchestra).

Music Technology also enjoyed a great evening with the launch of their new Soundcloud profile.  Students work will be uploaded and shared with the world so that everyone can enjoy their creativity and talent.

Oliver Stephens, Director of Faculty for Arts and Science comments “As always, the College is very proud to be showcasing the outstanding work of students in the Art, Design, Performing Arts and Media departments.  Tributes need to also be made to the teachers and technicians in these departments whose expertise and enthusiasm have inspired these students to achieve their very best this year“
 

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