New exhibition space in Basingstoke hosts works by CMQ students

STUDENTS from Queen Mary’s College visited an exhibition showcasing their work in a new space dedicated to young artists.

The space was created by The Art Society Basingstoke in conjunction with South Western Railway and Reading and Basingstoke Community Rail Partnership.

Located at Basingstoke Station, the space is currently hosted by Queen Mary’s College having previously exhibited work by students from Basingstoke College of Technology.

CMQ graduating students visited the space to see their exhibition of Risograph prints in waiting rooms 1 and 4 on June 29.

The exhibited works come from all the creative courses offered by the college.

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This includes fine arts, photography, graphic communication, textiles and art, crafts and design.

The teams behind the project hope the artwork will enhance the travel experience for passengers and celebrate the achievements of local youth.

Gill Waller, president of the SBA, said she was delighted to have developed a project to involve young people.

She said, “The Arts Society leads a global network of local community groups that bring people together around a common curiosity for the arts.

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“At Basingstoke, we play our part in contributing to and preserving our artistic heritage through volunteering and grants.

“We are particularly invested in supporting artistic projects involving young people; after all, they are our future.

The QMC students were also delighted to have participated in the project.

Student Emily Bricknell said, “It was amazing to see my work on display.

“It made me more confident in my work and my abilities.”

Her classmate Sadie Juby said, “It was really surreal to see my work on display, but super rewarding!”

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Lucy Lomax, Community Rail Officer in Reading and Basingstoke CRP, said: “We are delighted to have worked with the Arts Society and local schools on bringing this project to fruition – it has benefited so many within the community in different ways.

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“Seeing their work outside of its usual environment has given the students a huge sense of pride – now not only their parents and teachers can see it, but also members of the public.

“Those who travel and move through Basingstoke have something new to explore and enjoy, and the artwork will truly brighten their journey.”

Schools and colleges in Basingstoke are invited to contact Gill Waller via tasb.chairman@gmail.com if they wish to display their students’ work.

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