A teatime treat for TCAT’s Art and Design students

A teatime treat for TCAT’s Art and Design students1

Some of the 35 Art and Design students who worked on the Sunnycroft project, with their work

Art and Design students from Telford College of Arts and Technology are to have their work exhibited at one of Shropshire’s historic country houses thanks to a partnership with the National Trust.

The college’s level three BTEC students have created an ‘Afternoon Tea’ exhibition which will be on display at Sunnycroft from April 29 until May 2.

The exhibition is the students’ interpretation of ‘afternoon tea’ inspired the urban red brick villa on the outskirts of Wellington, which is a time capsule transporting visitors back to the pre-First World War country house lifestyle.

The group of 35 TCAT Art and Design students worked together to create a group installation which reflect their vision of the essential afternoon tea.

A teatime treat for TCAT’s Art and Design students2

The Sunnycroft display, exhibited in the Creative Hub at TCAT

They produced a range of two and three dimensional pieces of art, including ladies and children’s dresses, a gent’s shirt, inedible fabric cakes and biscuits, decorative cake stands and crockery, plus tea packaging and sculptural centrepieces.

A variety of materials and techniques were used to show off their skills and creative thinking, including pattern cutting and fashion construction, sewing, screen printing, Photoshop and Illustrator work, drawing, and painting.

The students also used laser cutters and 3D sculpting techniques including welding, wood carving, card construction and wire work.

Anna Dowdall, lecturer in Creative Studies and course tutor, said: “This project has been a wonderful opportunity for the students to work together developing their team building skills on a live brief.

“It is an amazing chance to have their work exhibited in a public space – a building which has been highly influential to the students during this project and a wonderful backdrop to their work.”

A teatime treat for TCAT’s Art and Design students3The TCAT students have worked closely with the Sunnycroft management team to help curate their vision, giving them valuable work experience, which is a crucial part of their qualification. “We are very grateful for the support from the Sunnycroft staff,” Anna said.

The Afternoon Tea exhibit will also be on view at TCAT’s end of year show in the Creative Hub, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on July 21.

If you are interested in studying Art, Design or Media at TCAT or know someone who is, come and try one of the college’s ‘Twilight Tasters’ or visit the campus on the open evening on June 9. For details, see www.tcat.ac.uk or call 01952 642237.

Sunnycroft, off Holyhead Road in Wellington, is furnished with original wallpapers, Maw’s tiles and gold medal winning fireplaces, and packed with everyday items belonging to the families who lived here.

The five acres of garden is complete with glass houses, conservatory, kennels, pigsties and stables and is perfect for a wander or a game of croquet, while visitors can also take refreshments in the Edwardian tea-room or out on the veranda.

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