Students awarded by Eurotunnel

Graphic Design students, who have been composing art pieces for the Eurotunnel Flexiplus Lounges at Folkestone and Calais, attended an awards ceremony at the Folkestone Terminal this week.

The students recently placed their art pieces on display in the Folkestone terminal for a four-week public vote and gave presentations to two members of the Turner Contemporary in Margate including Victoria Pomery, Director of the Turner Contemporary. Students gathered to find out which art pieces would be awarded a prize and therefore chosen to be hung in Eurotunnel’s two Flexiplus Lounges.

Jo Willacy, Commerical Director at Eurotunnel, hosted the awards ceremony. She said: “It is really important that businesses and educational institutions work closely within the local community so that we can learn from each other. This is an opportunity to help prepare the students for what it might be like to work in a professional environment.

“I am constantly refreshed by insights into younger generations. Next year is our 25th anniversary here at Eurotunnel and it great to have established this connection with Canterbury College for our future plans.”

Victoria Pomery, Director of the Turner Contemporary, presented all three awards to the students. As the group gathered nervously, it was announced that the winning art pieces — having been considered based on concept, planning, production and the final product — were created by Elaine Wan and Abigail Nicholl. Following this, Victoria announced the presentation of a further award: the Customer Choice award, which would be given to the art piece with the most public votes. This was presented to Hayden Smith.

Victoria Pomery, Director of the Turner Contemporary, said: “This work demonstrates real ambition and the students should be extremely proud of what they’ve achieved.”

Elaine Wan, Graphic Design student and award winner, said: “I am really surprised to have won this award, but I am very proud of myself.”

Abigail Nicholl, Graphic Design student and award winner, said: “I am very shocked, but it is really exciting to have your work appreciated by industry professionals.”

Following the ceremony, it was announced that three other students’ art pieces have been requested to be commissioned by members of the public. As the event concluded, students gathered to celebrate their achievements over coffee and cake whilst networking with members of Eurotunnel and the Turner Contemporary.

Congratulations to our winners and we look forward to seeing what this partnership might hold for the future.

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