Town centre inspires student art exhibition


Will Gould with his artwork

Exhibits from Stafford College’s art and design students will be showcased at a free open art exhibition between 8 and 22 November at the Ancient High House’s Rose Gallery in Stafford.

The exhibition, entitled ‘Stafford Student Open Art‘ contains fine art and print pieces inspired by Stafford town centre.

The work has been produced by art and design students at Stafford College as part of a competition.

Over 30 entries were shortlisted before the town’s Mayor Councillor Geoff Collier and a small team of judges selected the final pieces to be exhibited.


L-R: Catherine Joan Collier, Will Gould & The Worshipful the Mayor of Stafford Borough Councillor Geoffrey Ronald Collier

Amy Davies, curriculum leader at Stafford College said: “We really value the opportunity to give our students this experience.

“We work very closely with the team at the Ancient High House and this is the second year we have had the fabulous opportunity to host an open art exhibition with them.”

The winning students were announced as Will Gould from Burntwood in first place, Sarah Palphreyman from Hixon in second place and Eleanor Kelly from Stafford in third place.

Will Gould, age 18, from Burntwood was delighted to have his work selected for the open art exhibition. He said: “I think it is really important that we get the chance to work on live projects and exhibit our work to the public. My friends and family are really proud.”

The general public are invited to view the free exhibition at the Ancient High House, Greengate Street, Stafford between 8 – 22 November. The Ancient High House is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

Mark Hartwell, heritage sites manager at Stafford Borough Council said:” We’ve worked with Stafford College and their students on a number of projects over the years and we have always been impressed by the quality of their work.”

To find out more about art, design and creative industries courses at Stafford College, please visit or visit the forthcoming open event from 5 to 5.30pm on 7 December 2016.

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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