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Huish students, Ethan Read (Graphic Design), Alexandra Porter (Photography), Amy Cracknell (Art & Design), Olivia Musson (Photography) and Jess Rowe (Art & Design) have had their work selected to become part of the ‘Fake News’ National Art Exhibition for Sixth Form College Students, running between 1st-22nd July 2021.

The online exhibition, which can be viewed at https://www.sixthformcolleges.org/1551/sfca-art-exhibition-2021-fake-news, has been formed by the Sixth Form College Association (SFCA) to allow young artists to develop their creative skills and artistic sensibilities and ensure arts in education are kept secure and flourishing. It features work of students from across 59 colleges.

Bill Watkin, Chief Executive of the Sixth Form Colleges Association, shares; “The Fake News exhibition is a celebration of the arts and a recognition of the excellence in sixth form colleges, which are a vital supply pipeline of talented artists. But it also highlights how young people feel about having to navigate the vast amount of news and information that is available in the modern world, and at the same time, to discern what is the truth. Art has always played an important role in social and political commentary, and the students featured in Fake News have shown they have the talent to communicate their feelings about this important subject in a powerful and effective way”.

In 2018, Richard Huish College officially opened the Maple Visual Arts Centre, a £3 million, fully equipped, state-of-the-art facility that includes an extensive and purpose designed Art studio, plus an Apple Mac Suite for the specialist teaching of Graphic Design. Alongside their existing Photography suite, the facility is aiding Huish to maximise their Arts opportunities. Despite the pandemic, the College was delighted to be able to still run their Lucas Cup design competition for Huish students and local school pupils virtually in the past academic year and finish the year with a Visual Arts showcase in June where public were able to view the students’ exhibits with timed entry. The crossover of politics and artistic expression has also recently bred success for their Sociology students with Jago Yelland (shortlisted) and Amy Cleal (honourable mention) placing in the University of Cambridge’s Photography competition exploring the theme of ‘Future Sociologies’.

If you would like to share your views and reactions to the SFCA exhibition use the hashtag #6thFormArt2021. If you are interested in studying Visual Arts at Richard Huish College there is still time to apply for September 2021.

A feast for the Eyes by Alexandra Porter - photo of girl with fruit in mouthMe too by Amy Cracknell - sculpture of doll body parts Frame from Yesterday by Ethan Read - artwork of campfire with leafless treesShe by Jess Rowe - painting of deshevelled girl