Art students receive ‘Williams Awards’ at stunning End of Year Show

The students showcased their creativity at the event which recognises talent in Art & Design; Photography and Graphic Design.

Art work including sculptures and installations were exhibited at the College and also in a large three-floor shop in Butchery Lane.

Described by Art & Design lecturer, Ben Kidger, as “edgy and challenging” the location in the heart of the city proved a remarkable gallery space with students pushing boundaries and embracing the opportunity to exhibit work in a prominent location.

The cash prizes for students are funded by a former staff member and are known as the “Williams Awards.”

Staff agreed that the year’s cohort has been particularly impressive and awards were presented to the most talented students from Levels 1, 2 at the College, and Level 3 students at the gallery space.

Mr Kidger said: “I honestly believe that this year students have been the best we have had in a long time – they have shown incredible creativity, pushing boundaries and pushing concepts. They have been absolutely wonderful.

“They have a done wacky and wonderful things like take a fish for a walk – and it also took a trip to Turner Contemporary. We try and do things differently here.”

Lucy McLeod, Principal, Canterbury College, presented awards to Level 1 student Carys Martin and Level 2 student, Scarlet Isherwood.

The second part of the presentation was held at the vacant shop which was kindly made available by a local businessman whom teaching staff praised for his “galloping community spirit.”

The Williams Award winner for UAL Level 3 Graphic Design was Freddy Woodward. It was presented by Rob Black, Lecturer, Graphic Design, who praised his commitment to the course and wished him well at the prestigious Camberwell College of Art College where he will study from September.

Danny Witcher, Lecturer, Photography, praised his “manically diverse” group of students but singled out Harry Whatrup as the winner, saying he was, “hardworking, consistent and always helped his fellow learners.”

Introducing the winner of the Art & Design category Ben Kidger praised Agata Rodriguez-Fernandez for “taking on every single project with gusto” whilst she also impressively made her own contacts to further her career.

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