Student art draws praise

Owen Smith, of Hartlepool, works on his design.
Owen Smith, of Hartlepool, works on his design.

FOUR talented students wowed company bosses with artwork they produced to adorn the firm’s walls.

BA graphic communication students from Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD), in Hartlepool, were set the challenge of coming up with artwork for the walls of internet business Visualsoft.

WALL ART: Visualsoft design manager Adrian Foster (centre) with CCAD students Jamie Simpson and Robyn Wright

WALL ART: Visualsoft design manager Adrian Foster (centre) with CCAD students Jamie Simpson and Robyn Wright

The company has just moved to new premises and needed artwork for its walls so it set the college a competition to come up with some designs.

Twenty-one budding artists spent weeks working on their designs, with the best four being chosen to decorate the walls of the Visualsoft headquarters in Stockton.

Winners were Owen Smith, 21, of Hartlepool, Lindsey Hill, 20, of Ingleby Barwick, Jamie Simpson, 20, of Middlesbrough, and Robyn Wright, 19, of Darlington.

Design manager Adrian Foster, from Visualsoft, which specialises in the design, development and marketing of websites, said: “We have a number of staff who trained at CCAD and we like to do anything we can to help nurture talent.

“We are so busy that we didn’t have any spare time to come up with ideas for the walls and thought it would make a good live brief for the students.

“The results have far surpassed our expectations. We were really pleased with the work and could not have been happier with the results.”

Lindsay used a selection of iconic Teesside images in her work, which was limited to the corporate colours of the firm, white, red and black.

“This was an important lesson for me because I love colour but was limited to just three,” she said.

“It made me realise that you have to work within the restrictions of the brief and can not have a free hand to do what you think is best.”

Jamie added: “I really enjoyed the challenge. Originally I had studied mechanical engineering until I realised that life is about finding a job you are going to be happy doing until you retire. I love the idea of people looking at my work on the wall.”

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