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MP Drawn to Students’ Art

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins was treated to a visual delight as a guest at Chesterfield College’s annual art exhibition opening night.

19-year-old Bethan Salt shows Toby her piece 'Patterns and Culture'

19-year-old Bethan Salt shows Toby her piece ‘Patterns and Culture’

Two hundred aspiring artists have work on public display in The Dome, on the College campus off Infirmary Road, with the work of a variety of ages and levels of study represented. The exhibition is open for public viewing from 24th to 28th June, between 9am and 5pm.

Art and Design at Chesterfield College continues to go from strength to strength with students travelling to the town campus from Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. A recent major announcement of a £1m European Regional Development Fund grant for the refurbishment of the College’s listed West Block, formerly part of Chesterfield Grammar School, as new art studios guarantees the college’s creative future.

After viewing the exhibition, Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins said: “I was really impressed by the talent and creativity on display; the students’ work is of an extremely high standard and I encourage the public to come and take a look round the exhibition.

Jeremy Asquith and Toby Perkins view students' work

Jeremy Asquith and Toby Perkins view students’ work

“Chesterfield has long had a great reputation quality of the art teaching and it is pleasing that, even when faced with significant financial pressures, there continues to be such successful home-grown talent displaying their work. I hope to see more of it in the years to come.”

Chesterfield College Head of Art and Design, Jeremy Asquith, said: “It was great to welcome Toby to the opening and to show him the wealth of artistic flair there is here at the College. Worth almost £6 billion a year to the UK economy, the arts are an important employer so it’s great to have Toby’s support as we embark on the development of incubation space for new creative talent.”

3 Responses to “MP Drawn to Students’ Art”

  1. Ellie Smith says:

    Yes, we produce a high quality of work, but only because we have had fantastic tutors with invaluable experience in the art world. 70 of these tutors have faced redundancies, including the head of the foundation for art and design and so far 4 confirmed art tutors. We are loosing our fine art studios, our playgroup for students with young children and our protests completely ignored. We are saddened to see how little the management of an arts college actually care about the arts.

  2. tperkins says:

    Thanks for your comment Ellie, I met with staff union reps ten days ago and have spoken to them again since, will broker a meeting between college management and them when principal returns from holiday.

  3. Cassie V says:

    Thank you for coming down and supporting our work, I know that there has been a lot of controversy because of the redundancies but it was really nice that you were interested in what we had done.



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