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On the road with Artstore

Last night Artstore took advantage of the beautiful weather and embarked on a mini road trip all the way to Falkirk. While we were there (and yes, since we had tickets to the opening) we thought we’d pop along to the Forth Valley College Creative Industries Degree and Diploma Show.

The show is being held in the Middlefield Building on Grangemouth Road until the 8th of June and we highly recommend taking a wee day trip to Falkirk and paying the show a visit. The show also marks the 25 year reunion of the Scotvec Diploma in Art and Design. The students have done themselves proud; having created a very strong exhibition that is well worth a visit, although we are very disappointed that Interior Design is no longer part of the curriculum.

There were a number of students who deserve special mention including Cayley Thorburn for her stunning portrait paintings “What is Beauty” and “Birthmark”, Collette O’Sullivan for her modern take on the classic etch-a-sketch (much fun was had by all) and Lauriann Carriero’s striking Kaleidoscope-esque installation were all hot topics on the trip home.

Stewart Stevenson’s oversized “Timourous Beastie” style prints of Bee’s and Flies were outstanding and an extra big thumbs up must be given to Graphic Design student Paul Mc Donald, whose “Flowers and Bombs” poster was very impressive. His choice of bold colours and sophisticated use of text, was a delight to behold. Paul is already working freelance as a designer and we strongly suspect this man has a very bright future ahead of him.

A strong showing all round and all students deserve a round of applause for a job well done. This is a show that has something for everyone, from beautiful paintings to absurd videos involving pants and spaghetti.

Lots of talent, lots of fun and lots of potential.

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