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Creating a Better World – an innovative and powerful student art and design exhibition at the old Body Shop in the Potteries


On Thursday 7thousand A private viewing was held in July to launch the ‘Creating a Better World’ exhibition at the Potteries Shopping Centre, Stoke-on-Trent College’s annual art and design exhibition. The event was opened by Jonathan Bellamy, Chairman of Stoke On Trent Center BID, who sponsored the event, and Lisa Capper, MBE CEO and Principal of the College.

Earlier this year, the College and its Digital and Creative Center showcased its digital and creative media work to Whitehall Chancellor of the Exchequer Simon Clarke MP, and this time it was the work of art and design students.

The theme of this year’s live project work is the environment, and students have been working on commissioned real-life reports to demonstrate the impact of sustainable development on our lives. It also includes depictions and sculptures of asylum seekers and refugees with whom the college works.

More than 90 students studying from Level 1 to Level 3 (equivalent to A Level) display their work at the end of the year.

The exhibition is in the old Body Shop in the Potteries Shopping Centre, which has been converted into a gallery by the College’s construction students – it’s an impressive space and the installations are of a high standard and open to view on the Friday and Saturday after the launch.

MBE Director and CEO Lisa Capper said

“It’s important to showcase the work of our students so they can see the impact they can make using their talent and skills. Some of the works on display are commissioned and use a combination of art, design and photography. A 360-degree view of the sights of Stoke-on-Trent is stunning and a reminder of the city’s heritage of creative skills. We are currently enrolling our next cohort of young people and adults, so please get in touch if you feel inspired after viewing the exhibition.”

Jonathan Bellamy Chairman of the BID Center said

“The transformation of this space is exactly what we want to see in Stoke and they couldn’t have chosen a better theme as we approach the Better World festival at the end of July. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Stoke on Trent College and their team.

Chairman Jeremy Cartwright said:

“This exhibition showcases the high level of skill and talent of our emerging artists in the city. The creative industries are such an important part of our growing economy in this area and the college works with employers to provide opportunities for our talented students


Private viewing – Thursday 5ththousand July 5.30-7pm, performances and student showcase at 6.15.

The exhibition is open to visitors all day on Friday and Saturday.

  • Stoke-on-Trent College of Further Education in Coldon and Burslem has state-of-the-art facilities providing education and training to around 8,000 students per year aged 16-18 and adults and around 700 apprentices. Jobs in key sectors and through colleges such as Stoke will also form part of the new LSIP – a plan to upskill and improve local skills launched in the Government’s Skills for Work White Paper.



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