News article

1st February 2018

A large group of Creative Arts students from St Brendan’s Sixth Form College showcased their impressive talents recently, as they exhibited their A-level work at Bristol’s hub of creativity and imagination; the Paintworks.

The 17 – 18 year old students showcased a range of work; from bold and challenging graphic prints and thought-provoking paintings, to inspirational photographs and catwalk-ready textile designs.

The annual exhibition is a highlight for the young adults, who enjoy the opportunity to share their talents with the city. The event was open to the public across the weekend, after a private view and opening ceremony marked the beginning of the celebration. The showcase was opened by inspirational sculptor and founder of Bristol Drawing School, Carol Peace, who was hugely impressed by the level of work on display and the hard work and talent of the local teens.

Carol Peace opened the exhibition

Carol Peace opened the exhibition

Amongst the talented young artists was Graphic Design student Manoel Akure, a 17 year old student from Bath who showcased just a small sample of his design work. Manoel created an urban clothing brand; ‘ditty’ and produced advertising, illustrations, photography and a moving visual graphic to support the brand. After leaving St Brendan’s this summer, the talented teen will continue working on his clothing brand identity whilst working with a graphic design company.

Photography student Emily Parker challenged the idealised version of beauty in her piece ‘Learning to Love’. The talented student from St Annes used black and white photography to show an authentic portrayal of the human form.

St Brendan’s Principal Michael Jaffrain commented on the event, “I am incredibly proud of our creative art students, who have worked so hard to explore new techniques, stretch themselves and challenge the world around them. Their inquisitive and imaginative minds are hugely inspirational and I am excited to see where their creativity takes them in life. I am thrilled that, as a Sixth Form College, we are able to offer such talented young artists access to fantastic facilities and specialist subject teachers, who are hugely inspirational practicing artists themselves – it’s great to see such passion filter down to our students.”