Sunderland art student brightens up boardroom

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A BLAND boardroom has been brightened up with a little help from a young artist.

Fine art student Staci Patterson has added a “number” of creative elements to brighten up the premises of a North East software company.

After contacting art departments at universities across the region, innovative software development house Nine selected University of Sunderland student Staci for the brief.

Nine is a bright, innovative company who showcase the best software development talent in the region to their clients, but felt their rather bland and clinical boardroom needed to become an inspirational space for anyone who entered.

Andy Walton, managing director of Nine, which is based in Hebburn, said: “The brief was to create a boardroom which would be unique and a talking-point for our clients and guests. We also wanted to make it a space that would showcase the other talent that we have in the region.

“Sunderland was the university which grasped the opportunity with both hands. We loved the creativity that came through from all the students involved, but particularly liked the concept and work which Staci came up with, using the Nine logos and colours.

“We’ve been really impressed, and have recommended the university to another regional business interested in creating a similar space.”

Staci, 21, who has just completed the second year of her Fine Art degree, said she came up with the simple idea of designing a Perspex symbol of the number nine, scattered on the wall of the boardroom.

She says the practical experience has been invaluable.

“This was a fantastic commission through the university to work with real clients, deciding together what would work in their environment,” she said.

“I liked coming up with the ideas and was delighted that I was selected for the paid brief. It was a great opportunity.”

She added: “I’m really enjoying the course at the university and have learned so much so far.”

Staci says her interest in art developed in secondary school and she plans to study an MA in the subject once she graduates from her degree next year.

James Hutchinson, lecturer in Fine Art at the university, said: “Having her artwork selected by Nine, from a strong field of fellow students, has been a great boost to Staci’s confidence. I would like to thank Andy Walton and his team for providing this opportunity for our students.”

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