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Full house for college arts event

Fashion, film, music and dance were all showcased at Reading College’s ‘Perspective’ event on Thursday 14 June.

The well attended exhibition celebrated students’ creativity and hard work. The evening included a vibrant fashion show, a selection of short films, and energetic music and dance performances.

The college also welcomed Reading’s Mayor, Cllr Debs Edwards, who said: “Art can be seen as a ‘soft thing’ to study, but it is important as a form of expression and for the cultural life of this town. Creativity brings communities together.” Cllr Edwards comes from an artistic family, and her grandson Sam Whitfield is a Media student at the college.

The vast majority of Reading’s Creative Arts students are working on University of the Arts qualifications. These are highly innovative, experimental progammes which encourage risk taking and an interdisciplinary approach.

Adedolapo Adeleye, studying an Art Foundation programme, exhibited a painting. She explains that it was based on “black presence in art” and that her intent was to "praise the features of black people”. Ade was inspired by George Condo, an American contemporary visual artist.

Also exhibiting was Sophie Cohen. She explained that her art represented “reality and the absurd” with a “clash of movements.”

Anna Glanville – Smith, Faculty Manager for Creative Arts added: “All our learners have been given the opportunity to exhibit or be part of this showcase. Our students are supported by a dedicated and experienced team, and we are proud to be developing the creative thinkers of the future.”

The event ended with a catwalk fashion show and a closing address from the Mayor.