Learners from Cornwall College University Centre have been showcasing their artistic talents at the Royal Cornwall Museum’s (RCM) on-going Spirit of Cornwall exhibition, which ends on Saturday.  

The exhibition provides a platform for local artists to celebrate and showcase their creative endeavours based on the county’s wild coastlines, moors and mythology.   

Carol Weir recently graduated from the BA (Hons) art and design practice programme at the Camborne campus, part of The Cornwall College Group (TCCG), 

Her eye-catching artwork has captivated the public’s attention and earned her a place on the shortlist for the museum’s Panel’s Choice Prize. 

Current student Bev Williams, who is thriving on the same programme, has been shortlisted for the People’s Choice Award. 

Both students have emphasised the profound impact of the art and design programme at Cornwall College, with diverse learning opportunities and collaboration with like-minded individuals.  

“One of the reasons the BA (Hons) art and design practice programme appealed to me was the freedom it gave me to work in a multidisciplinary way,” said Carol. 

“I was able to investigate ceramics, textiles, printing, woodworking and metalwork within my practice due to the workshop facilities available.”  

“I was so excited to be selected to exhibit my painting, Morning in Cornwall, at the museum,” added Bev. 

“I was in disbelief to discover I was one of three finalists in the People’s Choice Award, and to have come second is such a privilege.  

“It wouldn’t have been possible without the teaching and support staff, especially to Simon Hall for encouraging me to enter in the exhibition.”  

Jamie Hanson, senior study programme manager for higher education art and design, expressed his delight at seeing current and former students recognised in such a way. 

“Carol’s multi-skilled creations reflect the rich learning opportunities provided by her course,” he said. 

“It’s inspiring to see all our students and ex-students grow into confident artists.”  

Lauren Campbell, engagement manager at Royal Cornwall Museum (RCM), said: We’re proud to work with students from TCCG and support the emerging creative talent in Cornwall.”   

• For more information on courses available with TCCG, visit cornwall.ac.uk