Creative students take their talents to town

East Durham College pupils get creative.
East Durham College pupils get creative.
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Creative students went to town with their artistic talents.

Students from a range of creative industries courses at East Durham College took part in the Why Art Man festival in Peterlee Town Centre.

The students and staff from the college put together a programme of different activities throughout the five-day event this month.

Young people from the college took over the former Ethel Austin clothing store unit in the Castle Dene Shopping Centre where they set up an art gallery, while also holding dance, music and radio drama performances.

Students rounded off the festival with a musical performance for Easington MP Grahame Morris.

East Durham College creative industries lecturer Billy Nicholson praised the students for their hard work and dedication over the week.

He said: “It was a fantastic event in Peterlee. The students were terrific throughout.

“They all worked really hard to pull together different performance ideas and get them up to a very high standard.

“The team all worked really well together to showcase the best of what creative industries at East Durham College has to offer.”

The Now East Durham Why Art Man Festival, which was run in association with The Mad Natters art group, was a mixed arts festival using the empty shops at the centre as a blank canvas to host exhibitions.

There were exhibitions from 34 artists, which included paintings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, glass and music.

Students from The Academy at Shotton Hall also took part in the event, displaying artwork and posters.

For more information on courses in creative industries at East Durham College contact our student services team on 0191 518 8222 or visit www.eastdurham.ac.uk.