Visit marks end of project

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GUESTS from across Europe have been welcomed to Angus College to mark the end of a mammoth international art project spanning more than two years and five countries.

The Comenius project, ‘Connect, Create, Sustain’, involved seven partner colleges and looked at developing methods of using sustainable materials to create artwork as well as encouraging creativity and citizenship across Europe.

Working alongside Dundee College and other colleges from Netherlands, France, Romania and Sweden, Angus College students have been central in designing and producing artwork created from 100 per cent sustainable material.

The project was made possible by the Comenius strand of European Funding which promotes individuals travelling from one country to another to share practices and ideas.

More than 60 Angus College students have been involved in the project including Students from Supported Education Courses through to HND levels. The approach has been unique to the college, which has promoted fully inclusive practices with art being the common theme.

Throughout the project several pieces of artwork have been produced ranging from furniture design to sculpture and installation pieces. These are currently being exhibited in an exhibition at Dundee College’s Graham Street campus which opened on Monday, May 9 after which they will return to Angus College to feature in the Supported Education Annual Art Exhibition from June 3.

College representatives have already enjoyed trips to partner colleges as part of the project and are now pleased to be hosting their European counterparts in the project’s final meeting. The group enjoyed a celebration dinner provided by hospitality students at the college’s training restaurant, 56.

Wendy Duke, the college’s curriculum manager and project leader, said the initiative has been “enriching” for the college to be part of and of mutual benefit.

She said: “The students who have been involved have experienced new cultures and developed new attitudes towards creating artwork and sharing ideas. Many recommendations have been made by students and staff and the partnerships that have been forged across Europe will last long beyond the end of the project and we look forward to reaping the benefits in the future.

“Our thanks go to the British Council and Comenius Projects who have made this all possible.

“Some fantastic pieces of artwork have been created through this project and I would encourage anyone to come view these transnational pieces at the upcoming exhibitions.”