Covid-19 fails to halt B&FC show

Artistic students from Blackpool Sixth Form College were determined not to let the coronavirus pandemic get in the way of their end of year show.

By Sonja Astbury
Tuesday, 30th June 2020, 3:45 pm
Updated Tuesday, 30th June 2020, 5:40 pm

The second year visual arts students usually celebrate their achievements with a large end of year exhibition for parents, staff and friends in June.

The event is traditionally held annually in the purpose built art building, 'The Frame' , but this year due to lockdown that was not an option.

Determined that the show should go on, staff decided to celebrate in an alternative way by bringing all the visual art disciplines together for a special mega virtual exhibition.

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Blackpool and Fylde College end of year visual arts show moved online,. This exhibit is by Abbie Scarr

Exhibits from fine art and textiles through to digital design subjects like graphic design, photography and fashion were all pulled together and displayed in an online show, with many of the items available to buy to help raise money for the Blue Skies Hospitals Fund.

The online exhibition involved more than 100 students. Most of the work was produced in their final year although a few specific lockdown pieces were included.

Visual arts tutor and exhibition c-coordinator Laura Goodinson said: "We could not let this year pass without showing how proud we are of these wonderful students.

"The exhibition really is the highlight of the visual arts calendar and we felt we needed more than ever to create a celebration of this and a farewell also. The student's resilience, determination and skill was something to celebrate with everyone .

An exhibit by Jay Hooper

Laura added : " We wanted to create a lockdown memory of a different style of exhibition that helped to raise money also. We really hope everyone gets on board with donating for some of the work and supporting this wonderful charity."

The exhibition can be seen at https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=318348539178942 and donations to the charity at http://ow.ly/F6oX50Acbkw

If you would like to own a piece of art donate and then fill in this survey, a member of the college visual arts team will be in touch with you:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VAPrints20

Cursework by Jeorge Coulthard