Students artwork brightens up Alnwick Garden

Sculptures by fine art students at Newcastle College are on show at the Duchess of North umberland’s Alnwick Garden

Newcastle College student Hannah Chance
Newcastle College student Hannah Chance

Artwork by students has gone on display at a Northumberland visitor attraction.

Sculptures by fine art students at Newcastle College are on show at the Duchess of North umberland’s Alnwick Garden.

Leaders of the fine art practice foundation degree course were invited by the duchess on behalf of the attraction’s charitable trust to display their work at the venue for the third year in a row.

Fifteen of them presented ideas from their final year work to the site’s head gardener, Trevor Jones, and project manager Reemer Bailey, in the art exhibition space at the college.

The guests had the opportunity to speak to the students about their work and view the range of ideas for the proposed sculptures.

Several of the ideas were then selected by the duchess, which would fit into the landscape at the attraction.

The students were granted full access to the garden’s Woodland Walk to plan and develop ideas for the pieces of art, basing their ideas on the natural shapes and flow of the woods and surrounding environment.

The budding artists were encouraged to make their sculptures as personal and adventurous as possible, with the aim of engaging and amazing visitors.

The duchess said: “This is the third year of our collaboration and each year the students work is absolutely outstanding.

“Here at The Alnwick Garden we love teaming up with artists and sculptors of all mediums, and together we have created a wonderful outdoor exhibition which our visitors can explore.”

College art and design lecturer Will Sparksman, who is leading on the project at the college, added: “We are absolutely delighted to have been invited once again by the duchess to contribute this art project.

“Newcastle College places great importance on giving our students the opportunity to develop artwork in real environments and landscapes and we are continually developing relationships with partners throughout the region.”

Visitors can now enjoy the sculptures on the Woodland Walk, which begins beneath the Treehouse, taking in views of the River Aln and sweeping views towards Alnwick Castle and the landscape designed by Capability Brown.

The display includes a wire work sculpture by Zsuzsanna Kovacs, a Golden Stallion artwork by Laura Cassidy and a deer artwork by Hannah Chance.



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