Hartlepool art and design students can draw on London test

PREPARATIONS: Lisa McGrath, Graphic Designer, and Eyv Hardwick, Academic Links Co-ordinator from CCAD, getting ready for the weekend of art.

PREPARATIONS: Lisa McGrath, Graphic Designer, and Eyv Hardwick, Academic Links Co-ordinator from CCAD, getting ready for the weekend of art.

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ART and design students from Hartlepool are set for a major challenge next week when they travel to London for a 24-hour event.

A group of students from Cleveland College of Art & Design (CCAD) will take part in the creative workshop in the capital.

Working with UAL puts CCAD on the map, as we can share good practice with our staff and also give students the opportunity to develop new ways of working with national staff, in this case through drawing.

Evy Hardwick, CCAD

It will be part of the UK Art & Design Institutions Association’s National Conference on Wednesday and Thursday, which is being run by the University of the Arts London (UAL).

The workshop is being called ‘Make It Through The Night’, and will take place at London College of Communication.

Those from the CCAD’s University Level Campus in Hartlepool will be joined by 40 other higher education students from around the country to collaborate and explore the themes and produce works through a wide range of materials and media, and will be supported by tutors and creative professionals.

Creative works may include film, installation, infographics, drawing, performance, blogs, social media, music, or spoken pieces.

As part of the event, the students will also be invited to present to the group a piece of knowledge or a skill, and this sharing of knowledge will inform the development of the workshop.

Eyv Hardwick, Academic Links Co-ordinator at CCAD, said: “Working with UAL puts CCAD on the map, as we can share good practice with our staff and also give students the opportunity to develop new ways of working with national staff, in this case through drawing.

“The weekend workshops are not assessed, so in essence it is drawing for drawings’ sake, for the love, power and passion that all creative students feel when they are designing.

“Students who are not happy with their drawing can address their gremlins and learn new skills in order to develop their visual language.”

Tessa Read, Widening Participation Practitioner at University of the Arts London, said, “UAL is excited to be involved in this cross-collaborative event, which brings together the creative energies of tutors from both colleges to explore how we use drawing in creative processes.”

The CCAD is the North East’s only specialist art and design college, and students from a variety of its degree courses will head to London for the event, which is based around the themes of ‘local, national, global’.

Meanwhile, this weekend, students and staff from CCAD are taking part in ‘Draw’, which encourages them to share their love of all things creative. There will be a series of workshops at the college’s facilities in Hartlepool.