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Congratulations to some of our Level 6 students for the splendid exhibition of work they are currently showing at Tatton Park as part of this years Unit X.
The exhibition ‘Inspired by Tatton’ has been organised by a group of students across the Design Department and features four students from Three Dimensional Design – Dawn Richards (ceramics), Gabriella Hernandez (jewellery), Kat McAvoy (glass) and Lucy Green (automata) – alongside three weavers, three printed and fashion based textile students and one student from Illustration with Animation. The exhibition runs from 22nd April until 17th May in the exhibition room on the ground floor of the Mansion House.
Work featured includes topiary inspired ceramics, jewellery referencing the utensils hanging in the kitchen to comment upon gender issues, sculptural glass horns inspired by the animal trophy collection and a mixed media automata that captures the tranquility of the Japanese garden through a paper cut crane that serenely dips its beak into a pond.
The exhibition is a consequence of a collaborative Unit X project with the National Trust in 2014. Over 50 students across Manchester School of Art originally took part in the project and the resulting work was shown in an exhibition at Federation House in Manchester city centre. Tatton were so impressed by the work on show they invited the School to show selected works in the exhibition room for the benefit of Tatton visitors.
The participating students have worked collaboratively to produce the show. They have liaised with the staff at Tatton, planned and curated the exhibition, produced promotional material and organised a ‘Meet the Designers‘ event to engage the public in conversation about their work.
The project has given the students a fantastic opportunity to practice their designing and making skills in a ‘real world’ situation. The experience has embedded vital employability skills and provided a professional platform for engagement with an external audience. All invaluable skills as they head towards graduation and their future careers as designers and makers.