On 20 July, Harrogate College launched their online art exhibition, celebrating the work from students studying on the MA Creative Practice course.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the college had to adapt to an online way of working and learning. Students would normally invite guests to attend the event in college, but this year students, staff and the public were invited to watch two short online films. These showcased the experiences and work of two MA students who are graduating this summer.
Irene Vassoliou’s mission was to use her photography to help enlighten the world about ongoing, catastrophic food wastage, as seen in her final MA collection of photographs. Using her creative practice – to make waste into visually beautiful images – is the culmination of two years of research, exploration and experimentation.
Through the mediums of paint, print and ink, Tom Ranson exhibited his final MA collection of work. This was the culmination of two years of exploration and discovery as a practicing artist. Using his local environment as inspiration, he has captured the magic of the landscape and light, by creating a body of work that is both delicate and strong.
Dr Annabel Smith, MA Creative Practice course tutor, said: “Our students have adapted to the new working scenario through lockdown with good humour and a flexible approach, having been forced to use new software to create virtual galleries, to film to communicate their final story, and to have online conversations to access support and guidance from their tutors. Tom and Irene have really demonstrated what can be realised under very difficult circumstances by producing some excellent work. At Harrogate College, we are very proud of what they have achieved this year.”
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