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New York-inspired work in student art exhibition

Wednesday, 15 June 2011 - 10:00am to Sunday, 19 June 2011 - 5:00pm

The Statue of Liberty recreated in denim is among the stunning pieces of artwork inspired by a visit to New York that will feature in an upcoming exhibition by A-level students from City College Norwich.

A group of A-level art, photography and textiles students visited the Big Apple in February and several pieces inspired by the trip will feature in the show in the former Superdrug store in the Castle Mall in Norwich. 

In addition to the denim Statue of Liberty by Charis Bailey, visitors can look forward to creative responses to New York that include a circuit board-like plan of the city, tilt view photography creating a toy village effect and a collage of the iconic skyline.

The exhibition also features other work produced by the students throughout the year, including a series of striking surrealist photographic pieces by Tara Peak.  Tara has Crohn’s disease and her Photoshop-based work has been influenced by artists who have explored illness through the medium of art.

Tara said: “I have had a rough ride since the age of 14, when the illness began, and have tried to express through my work the chaotic experiences I have been through.”

The show opens to the public on Wednesday 15th June and will be open daily (10am-5pm) until Sunday 19th June.  A private view will take place on Monday 13th June, when awards will be presented to the students who have made the most progress over the last 12 months.

Rory McShane, Head of Subject Area, said: “We are really pleased to be able to show the work of 150 students in the former Superdrug shop.  The shop is a great space to show art as it is very bright and well lit. It is fantastic to see how the students have really developed in confidence and ambition over two years and there is a real variety of approaches and ideas."

"We are very grateful to Alan Day and the Mall management who have been really positive in helping us to stage shows here in the last two years. Please come and enjoy our students' work!"

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