Talented student Artists from Warrington Collegiate given permanent exhibition

Talented student Artists from Warrington Collegiate given permanent exhibition

It is a student’s dream to have work in an exhibition, but to have a permanent exhibition of one’s work is a dream come true. 

The exhibition called Reverb has been created by Foundation Art and Design students from Warrington Collegiate leaving a lasting legacy of their work as they embark on the next step of their careers which, for many, will be University and Colleges of Art for further study and development of their not inconsiderable talent.Elinor Prescott

The artwork created celebrates the locality in physical and abstract terms, allowing the visitor to see Warrington from a whole new prospective. The artwork was then photographed to create a permanent exhibition in Bank Quay House.

Emma KellyHead Curator Python Arts, at the Gallery at Bank quay house explains the concept behind the exhibition, “ Over the past few months, talented students from Warrington Collegiate have been working on a very unique and inspiring project in partnership with Warrington’s independent art space The Gallery At Bank Quay House.

The project, a collaboration with VERB Projects, was to create a sight specific work to fill the walls of Python Properties’ Bank Quay House.

The VERB projects are defined through a particular approach to curating with the artists spending time on site creating new art specifically for it. Value is placed upon the artist’s engagement within the space, the dialogue between art object or intervention and the site, and the role of the audience in activating it. As the title of the projects may suggest, the projects are about actions, the act of making, of engaging, of participating and of viewing.

Using this philosophy, Python Properties invited the students to work from current empty office spaces at Bank Quay House where they gathered primary research to use as a springboard for ideas.  They then had six weeks to develop these ideas into a piece of work to gallery standard.

The work they produced is now inspiring all who work and visit the building.”

18 year old Mollie Kenyon, from Appleton, studying  Art and Design at Warrington Collegiate, who is  off  to Falmouth University in September,  created a textile exhibit from fabrics bought at local charity shops, saying” I’m thrilled to have a permanent record of my time at Warrington Collegiate on display. I created this piece after a visit to Bank Quay House and Gallery when we created a den from different materials and then, creatively, began to explore the structure, taking inspiration from what you can get from the space. ”

20 year old fellow student Natalie Blackshaw, created a piece inspired by the many different types and styles of materials found within Bank Quay Gallery, adding, “This project has been a fantastic preparation for my time at Plymouth University where I’m studying for  a degree in Printed Textile Design and surface Pattern. I’m really pleased that other artists and visitors will be able to enjoy my work.”

 18 year old fellow student and artist, Elinor Prescott, from Lowton who is progressing to the University of Cumbria says, “ I created a piece inspired by the architecture around Warrington, incorporating my experience of building and structures I saw on a visit to London. The experience of working with the gallery has been really phenomenal and the bonus is to have my work accepted for display.”

Lecturers in Art and Design at Warrington Collegiate, Vicky Hough, Nicky Billington and Becky Rogers were keen to involve the students in the project, giving them a taste of the real world of art as well as the opportunity to work outside of the classroom. Nicky says, “The students visited areas of Warrington and were inspired and influenced by buildings, sites, views and different elements of Warrington that they encountered, recreating them in a variety of different media. This is a collection of site-responsive pieces that has been captured on film, creating an original and unique photographic representation of Warrington. The feedback from Bank Quay House has been really positive and we look forward to working with them on collaborative projects in the future.”

Stephen Musa, Curriculum Manager for Art and Design says, “We are really proud of our students, this is a fantastic exhibition of student work. For many this is their first exhibition, the stepping stone into the creative industries and the standard of individual work is extremely high.  

Next step for Warrington’s budding young artists is University. Many have been accepted to the top universities and art colleges, the London College of Art, Goldsmiths and Leeds College of Art, the Oxford and Cambridge of the creative arts world.


     Python were pretty instrumental helping us make that transition getting into the building. We met with Martin & Peter and spoke to them in details as to what we would expect; they were very welcoming and accommodating in that regard. They were flexible about the Lease and they made it quite clear that they were there to help and support our business

Adam Paxton (Managing Director) & Thomas Howsam (Technical Director)
THAP, Middlesbrough (Former tenants Royal Middlehaven House)

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