Video: City college Norwich’s new £5.7m building displays creative art students’ work

City College Norwich Creative Arts end of year show. Marian Ayigsi with some of her work.
Photo by Simon Finlay. City College Norwich Creative Arts end of year show. Marian Ayigsi with some of her work. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Thursday, June 19, 2014
3:08 PM

A diverse and impressive collection of work by creative arts students at City College Norwich is on show for all to admire at the campus’s brand new £5.7m building.

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Emily Perrott with one of her pieces.
 Photo by Simon Finlay.Emily Perrott with one of her pieces. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Designed as a learning and teaching space that can also act as a gallery, the Norfolk barn-style building comprises three purpose-built floors that are dedicated to different areas of the creative, performing and digital arts.

And for the first time, members of the public can explore the space and see the work of more than 200 students from disciplines including graphic design, fine art, textiles and photography in the college’s End of Year Show.

Works include Emily Perrott’s large photographic installation, where she used two pictures of herself – one straight-faced with her eyes open and another sticking her tongue out with her eyes closed – cut them into strips and wove them together.

The 17-year-old, from Wood Dalling, said: “I researched an artist who did a piece where he shredded a photo up and then hung it again, so I asked my teacher about weaving photos. He said ‘do it’.”

Charlie Soffe with his designs. 
Photo by Simon Finlay.Charlie Soffe with his designs. Photo by Simon Finlay.

“I have had a lot of good reaction to it and I think it has inspired me to do more and be a bit more creative with my work.”

Some of the students have even started their own businesses with help from the college.

Charlie Soffe, 18, runs his own independent skate label, with T-shirts featuring his designs forming part of the End of Year Show.

A keen skater, his company is called K.O.T.B and he aims to get the T-shirts into shops.

Hannah Smith, Danielle Goodyear and Phoebe Dowdell with some of their work.
 Photo by Simon Finlay.Hannah Smith, Danielle Goodyear and Phoebe Dowdell with some of their work. Photo by Simon Finlay.

“I don’t like the brands that just have their names on T-shirts,” he said. “I wanted to put my own designs on them.

“When I make enough money, I want to set up my own skate team, to give something back.”

And the installations carry on into the grounds of the college, with Sellotape sculptures of people called The Figure Project by Phoebe Dowdell, Danielle Goodyear and Hannah Smith and one of the pieces from a project called A Sense of Architecture by art foundation student Marian Ayigsi, 19.

“I am going to study architecture at Sheffield Hallam and I want to create pieces that interact with the environment as well as people,” said Miss Ayigsi.

“One of my favourite buildings here is the Sainsbury Centre – it has influenced my work.”

• The annual End of Year Show is open to the public from today until Friday, June 27 - from 10am until 5pm on weekdays and 11am until 3pm on Saturdays. • It ends at noon on June 27.

• Have you got a creative project you would like to share? Email newsdesk@archant.co.uk

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