See ya! Artists say goodbye to Sunderland College campus with final exhibition

Kriss Turnbull, visual arts student at Sunderland College with his work.
Kriss Turnbull, visual arts student at Sunderland College with his work.
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AN art exhibition marked the end of an era for a Wearside college.

Students used their work to pay tribute to Sunderland College’s Shiney Row campus, which is to close this summer.

The End of an Era exhibition showcased the work of students across the whole of Sunderland College’s arts department including photography, fine art, graphics, fashion and film to mark the end of the campus, which has been open since 1989.

During the week of the exhibition students, staff and members of the community got to view the diverse body of work on display based around the theme of beginnings and endings.

The Shiney Row site is closing for students to move to a new multi-million pound Visual and Performing Arts Centre at Bede Campus.

Jane Reed, head of department for visual and performing arts at Sunderland College, said: “The End of an Era exhibition was a fantastic showcase of the diverse work undertaken within the department and a real celebration of Shiney Row, which has been a hub for the arts for the past 25 years.

“While we’ll all be sad to bid farewell to Shiney Row, staff and students alike are really excited to be moving into our new home at Bede Campus, which will only enhance the departments’ offering.”

The new 50,000sq ft visual and performing arts building, set to open in September, will include a theatre, film screening room, drama, art and textile studios. There will also be two industry standard recording studios, a music technology suite, photography studio, dark room and film processing facilities.

Sunderland College has submitted plans to turn Shiney Row into a housing estate of 144 homes.