Show time for students as degree exhibitions opens to all

Mel Gettings with her work, based on Kate Bush's song Lily.
Mel Gettings with her work, based on Kate Bush's song Lily.
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The next generation of creative minds made in Hartlepool are now ready to make it in the world as a showcase of their work goes on display.

The Northern Collective exhibition welcomed more than 1,000 guests to its launch, with graduates of Cleveland College of Art (CCAD) and Design now presenting their work to the public at its new £11million campus in Church Street.

Photographer Peter Bradford with his work.

Photographer Peter Bradford with his work.

It features pieces by 50-plus degree students who have taken subjects including film, fashion, graphic design, illustration, photography and stage design.

Among those revealing work are the town’s own Mel Gettings, 34, who used the Kate Bush track Lily as the inspiration for her set design and scenic painting; photographer Danny Day, 32, whose has used his own loss of sight in one eye to influence his work, and Chloe Lesson, 22, who used the story of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children as her starting point.

Others include Robert Patchett, 21, a textile and surface design student from Linthorpe, who has an internship with designer Orla Keily, and classmate Alexandra Mineham, 28, who follows in the footsteps of fellow college graduate Sir Ridley Scott to study at the Royal College of Art.

Shannon Garland, 21, from Brotton, will work for Seaham bridal firm House of Mooshki.

For the graduates it is not the end but the launch pad for their careers.

Pat Chapman

Pat Chapman, head of employability and external Relations at CCAD, said: “It is always inspiring to see the creativity and talent that our students produce, and I offer my congratulations to them all.

“The students have worked tremendously hard over the course of the degree, and they can be justly proud of their final work, as I am sure are their family and friends.

“For the graduates it is not the end but the launch pad for their careers.”

The show is open from 10am to 4pm today, 10am to 8pm from Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm next Saturday.

Fine Art student Matthew Collins with his work.

Fine Art student Matthew Collins with his work.

For more visit www.ccad.ac.uk.

Photographer Danny Day with his work on show as part of the Cleveland College of Art and Design's Degree Show.

Photographer Danny Day with his work on show as part of the Cleveland College of Art and Design's Degree Show.

Chloe Leeson with her costume pieces on show as part of the celebration.

Chloe Leeson with her costume pieces on show as part of the celebration.

Two of the costumes created by Chloe Lesson.

Two of the costumes created by Chloe Lesson.

A section of work by Mel Gettings.

A section of work by Mel Gettings.

One of Danny Day's images.

One of Danny Day's images.

A host of skills and mediums have been used by the students.

A host of skills and mediums have been used by the students.

Printing is among the talents shown by the students.

Printing is among the talents shown by the students.