Varndean College Visual Arts department supports the work of more than two hundred A Level Fine Art, Graphic Design, Photography, Textiles and 3D Design students from Brighton, Hove, Sussex and further afield. Head of Visual Arts, Rob Macdonald said “Our end of year summer exhibition is a celebration of ingenuity, personal expression and a lot of hard work! I’m very proud of the superb creative work of our talented students who will go on to be the stars of the future in the UK’s creative industries. In a climate where creative subjects are under threat in schools, we are more convinced than ever of their importance for careers.”
Maya Rutland wins the Kellie Miller Art Award
Maya Rutland, age 17 (ex-Dorothy Stringer School) studying Art and Textiles at Varndean College is presented with her award by Kellie Miller, of The Kellie Miller Gallery, Market Street, Brighton.
Gallery owner Kellie Miller said ‘The creativity of the young people around us today is truly inspiring. The economic future of the UK depends on creativity, and Varndean College exemplifies the high standards of achievement which our young people are capable of.' Generously supported by Cass Art, also in Market Street, commended students received a gift of art materials worth £50. Maya received an additional award for materials - very useful as she will be continuing her studies in art at Brighton Met College in September.
Maya Rutland (centre) receiving her award from Gallery owner Kellie Miller (right) and her Art tutor Jonathan Smith (left)
Otis Walsh wins the Anne Howard Memorial Golden Shutter Award 2018
Otis Walsh (ex Dorothy Stringer school), age 18, studying A Level Photography at Varndean College created a project about The Royal Sussex County Hospital. Otis said ‘I wanted to capture the way that the NHS has managed to maintain the order of the hospital even despite the construction process.’ Otis’ teacher Gail Eastwood said ‘His work has been selected because of the interesting story telling and narrative - and the idea of looking at the inside and outside of the building, reflecting its use.’ After Varndean Otis is continuing his Photography studies at Brighton Met.
Otis Walsh (centre) receiving his award from his teachers Gail Eastwood (left) and Dipak Gohil (right)
Matilda Holtom (ex- Dorothy Stringer School) studying A Level Graphic Design. Matilda, aged 17, said ‘I have really enjoyed the course and it has enabled me to experiment and develop ideas in my own way.’ Matilda’s teacher Dave Stephens said ‘Matilda spent a lot of time researching the ships including a visit to the Mary Rose before eventually producing a set of stamps to commemorate these great ships.’ After Varndean Matilda is heading to London to study Graphic Design at Central St. Martins.
William Everett, age 18, (ex Dorothy Stringer School), studying A level 3D Design. William said ‘The 3D course has definitely been the main highlight of my time at Varndean College as the teachers are wonderful and the projects we’re given are really fun and challenging.’ William’s 3D teacher Sarah Lampard-Sawyer said ‘Will’s projects have an innate sense of curiosity and a conviction that the design process should be governed by the physical process of making.’ After Varndean William is going to Loughborough to do a degree in Product Design.
Lotti Bentham, age 18, (ex-Shoreham College) studying A Level Art and Textiles. Lotti said ‘I love making work that makes people laugh’. Lotti’s textiles teacher Jill Hurst said “Lotti has been so much fun to work with and is one of the most prolific students I’ve taught.” After Varndean Lotti is going on to do an Art Foundation year at Central St. Martins in London.
Ellis Warren, age 18, (ex Lewes Priory school), studying Photography A Level. Ellis said ‘My time at Varndean has allowed me to develop my ideas in ways I never would have otherwise.’ Ellis’ photography teacher Gail Eastwood said “Ellis’ projects are rich and personal and the strength of his photography portfolio has secured him a place on the Art Foundation course at Brighton Met.”
The Varndean College Visual Arts Exhibition is open to the public on Mon 11 and Tues 12 June, 9am-4pm.