Art Students to Open Pop Up Craft Store in Walsall


Members of the public will have the opportunity to buy a range of unique handmade gifts as talented Art and Design students at Walsall College open their own pop up shop at the Old Square shopping centre in Walsall.

The store, L2, opens to the public on Thursday 8th December and will offer a variety of gifts for sale, including bags, t-shirts, signs, stockings and Christmas decorations, all made by students themselves. Students will also be offering a gift wrapping service.

Art and Design Tutor at Walsall College, Anita Zychniewicz, said: “Students are on the Level 2 course and have used the typography skills learnt this term to create the different products. As well as giving students the chance to showcase their creativity to the public, opening their own store is part of the work experience element of the course and will help them to develop their enterprise skills.

“The students will be pricing the products themselves, dressing the store and will also trained on how to use the till so they can learn more about setting up and running their own business.”

The college has worked in partnership with Direct Art Action, an organisation committed to creating exhibition spaces for artists in Walsall, on this project.

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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