Stunning student murals take pride of place at Loftus Garden Village
Murals designed by Coleg Gwent art and design students have been given pride of place at the entrance to our award-winning garden village, following a creative design challenge !
In partnership with developer Lovell, the students were invited to produce artwork for display on the construction hoardings. Thirteen students took up the challenge as part of their BTEC Level 3 diploma course and Welsh Baccalaureate, taking creative inspiration from a range of sources including the story of the inspirational Ruby Loftus. The artists also drew on the ideas of the Arts and Craft design movement, which have shaped the style of the new award-winning housing.
Sian Dinham, course leader of the students’ BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design, says: “It has been an absolute pleasure overseeing and supporting the students working on this live brief. As a group we are thrilled with the final results and it is great to see the boards on display within the community. The artwork creates a place of interest and hopefully will allow different generations and community members to share in the poignant history of the site.”
Lovell community liaison officer Bernadette Vickery says: “We absolutely love the creative results of this community collaboration between ourselves, the Coleg Gwent students and Pobl. The finished artworks show huge flair and imagination with the students responding sensitively to the brief we gave them..”
Neil Barber, Pobl director of development, comments: “Showcasing the abundant talent evident at Coleg Gwent, the thirteen vibrant murals provide a wonderful focal point at the entrance to the busy site access area. It is particularly interesting to see the students have taken both inspiration from the rich history of the site as well as demonstrating their clear understanding of Pobl’s vision for Loftus Garden Village. We would like to wish all the students every success in their future careers.”
The vibrant and colourful murals were put into place by apprentices working on the Loftus Garden Village scheme. A key part of the development has involved the creation of a significant number of construction training and job opportunities for local people.
Article added – 25th July 2016