Success for Art Students

Creative Arts students from Mid Cheshire College are celebrating a fantastic success as part of the Canvas for Youth Contemporary Art Fair.

Last night’s exclusive preview held at the Hartford Campus saw work literally flying out the door as in excess of £2,500 worth of student work sold.

Being included in this prestigious event has enabled students to gain invaluable exposure to art collectors and galleries.  Student work exhibited was personally selected by event organiser Rowena Ferguson when she visited last month’s end of year art exhibition at the College.  Rowena said “this event is a key fundraiser for YouthFed, a charity that supports young people, as hosts Mid Cheshire College provides the most fantastic art space to display the work and I’ve very much enjoyed working with such a dedicated creative arts team.”

Lecturer Carlo Eves, who himself also has work on display in the exhibition, said “the rewards of seeing our students sell their first piece of work commercially are second to none.  We have enjoyed supporting them through the process of creating and displaying their art at our own show, so rounding off the year with yet more success is the icing on the cake!”

Work included in the exhibition, which is open to the public from 14-16 July 10am to 4pm, includes paintings by L.S. Lowry and John Thompson, on display courtesy of Bill Clark at Clark Art.

Martin Howlett, Operations Director at YouthFed said “artists exhibiting their work donate 30% of each sale directly to us.  Those funds will go towards supporting young people across Cheshire, Halton, Warrington and the Wirral, so the success of this event is extremely important to us.  We are grateful to the College for providing this space and their support to enable us to maximise this fundraising opportunity.” 

Martin went on to say “naturally students are not expected to pay us commission on this occasion, but once they are established artists they can return the gesture at a future event!” 

Photographs: Kirstin Reay handing over one of her five artworks sold for packing off to the buyer