Cheshire College – South & West’s visual arts department will be ‘coming home’ when it relocates back to Chester in September.
The college says the move will maximise opportunities for budding young artists in the region, particularly as the city has an abundance of festivals, parades and events scheduled throughout the year.
Former student, and now art and design tutor at Cheshire College – South & West, Louise Condon commented: “I studied art at the college when it was originally based in Chester.
“The benefit of the city’s heritage, culture and visual arts, as well as creative learning opportunities created wide appeal.
“I have worked at the college for 17 years and I am delighted to be returning to our roots as there are amazing opportunities for learners to experience and grow here.
“Our tutors and students are immensely passionate for art, therefore to have Chester on our doorstep, a city known for its culture and creativity, will be fantastic.”
Russell Kirk, the artistic director for a number of North West events (including Chester’s Midsummer and Winter Watch parades) regularly works with Cheshire College – South & West.
Each year the partnership offers students the chance to work alongside a professional creative team, enabling them to develop their skills and experience.
Russell said: “Chester is a great place for Art and Design students. If you’re motivated and willing to make the effort, the opportunities for meaningful involvement in the local art scene are wide and varied.”
He added: “I’m really pleased that they are moving back to Chester, it will benefit the students greatly.”
A number of art and design tutors at Cheshire College – South & West are also successful artists in their own right.
This enables them to provide practical advice to their students, providing a more mature environment and access to all aspects of art – including research and design, through to selling their work.
Art and design tutor Ian Prewitt works as a street artist on public events and festivals across Britain and Europe.
He is also the organiser of Street Level 2018, Chester’s first visual arts festival which will feature some of the most successful artists in the North West.
Louise Condon is a ceramist who is currently exhibiting at Mostyn Gallery.
This year her work will feature at the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show and at the Cold Wax and Clay exhibition at the Seagrass Gallery.
Louise will also be exhibiting in Swindon as part of the Fifty Bees project, alongside 49 other artists.
What do you think about the reloaction? Will it be a positive move for the city, and for students studying with Cheshire College – South & West?