Cardiff and Vale College art students give the third degree in Cardiff Bay
Art students from Cardiff and Vale College are displaying their work and polishing their entrepreneurial skills at an exhibition in a Cardiff Bay art centre.
The 12 Foundation Degree students have arranged and organised the 3 Degrees exhibition, which will run in Craft in the Bay until March 2. Their work is on show in Craft in the Bay’s Oriel 2 gallery, and features alongside an exhibition of work by ten Eisteddfod Gold Medal winners, which Course Leader for Foundation Degrees in Art and Ceramics Billy Adams described as “inspirational” for the students.
“They have organised the exhibition themselves,” Billy added. “They called it 3 Degrees because of the three disciplines on display – textiles, ceramics and graphic design. That is the important thing about this exhibition; the number of students involved and the sheer diversity of the work on show.”
The exhibition was also an opportunity for the Foundation Degree students to put into practice the entrepreneurship module of their course. The course intends to ensure the next generation of arts and craft workers have business brains as well as creative skills.
“The students had to work as a team to get the exhibition set up, including how the work would be displayed,” Billy said. “They had to think about promoting the exhibition and designed their own marketing materials. The students also had to price their work and now they are selling it.”
One of the students has already sold one of her ceramic pieces. “It helps the students a chance to develop the professional approach to their work and to see their work in context,” Billy added.
The exhibition is the second that CAVC students have held in the Bay arts centre. Craft in the Bay Gallery Manager Simon Burgess said: “It’s great to be able to support students from Cardiff and Vale College. This will help them with the professional aspect of their work. These students are the makers of the future and we will continue to build a relationship between the College and the Makers Guild of Wales.”