Students on show with the greats


Art students’ work has been on show at the Royal Cornwall Museum

21st July 2021

Art students from a local college have hung their work alongside Cornwall’s most treasured collections at the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro’s River Street.

The Cornwall College Summer Show exhibition has seen masterpieces by the college’s second and third-year degree students on display since the end of June, until Friday. Jamie Hanson, senior study programme manager for art and design at Cornwall College Camborne, described the exhibition as a “marvellous opportunity” for his students. “

“Those studying an art degree were given the chance to select an object or artefact from the museum collection, and then go on to create their own visual response to that chosen artefact,” he explained.

“This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for them and will be the first major showcase of work for many of them. I am incredibly proud to see their work on display in such an imposing location - the Royal Cornwall Museum is a hugely popular and important facility for artists in and around the Duchy.”

Student Rose Herman based her work on the museum’s 1915 image of the Royal Cornwall Infirmary. “This picture inspired me to look at our own place in history, and this pandemic. I initially wanted to pay homage to Treliske hospital, but because of covid restrictions it was impossible to take photos in or near the hospital, so I chose to cover the impact of the pandemic on our everyday lives and environment. “

“Face masks are now commonplace for every one of us, signifying our constant vigilance inside and outside of medical facilities, worn as a way of protecting ourselves and each other. How quickly we have assimilated them into our society.”

Fellow student Lilly Hall produced a series of paintings based around the area of Baldhu. “The artworks are all related to my sense of place within an old mining community,” she said.

“The paintings all depict a sunset, and as the viewer glances at the pieces from left to right, it is as if the sun is setting. I wanted to represent a hidden beauty that local people understand, from the dreamlike headframe, which no longer exists at the mine, to the ominous angels that stand at Baldhu churchyard.”

Cornwall College Camborne is part of the Cornwall College Group, which is seeing record application figures for its courses next year and is continuing to invest in student experience and facilities across its Devon and Cornwall campuses.

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