BA (Hons) Graphic Design degree students from University Centre Colchester’s School of Art at Colchester Institute have raised funds from their Art and Design auction, to contribute towards an exhibition for their work in London at the D&AD New Blood Festival 2017. Supported on the night by the Mayor of Colchester Councillor Julie Young, they raised a total of £2,100. The students came together to organise the event at The Minories Galleries, communicating with renowned designers and artists in a bid to get them to donate their artwork.
BA (Hons) Graphic Design student, Abi Gibson was pleased with the success of the event commenting:
“We were really grateful for the support that we received from the College and our local community, and especially from our Mayor for taking the time to introduce the auction. We hope that in future years the design course will be supported more and more, and that the fundraising auction will continue to get the credit and footfall it deserves. It really is a unique event in Colchester to have so much incredible and famous work up for sale.”
The auction was a great success, with students raising the highest amount compared to previous years. Graphic Design lecturer, Barry Hurd commented:
“The BA (Hons) Graphic Design auction, now in its fifth year, enables students to make connections with some of the creative world’s leading artists and designers who very generously donate works to the auction. The money raised pays for the students to exhibit their work at an exhibition in London at the D&AD New Blood Festival 2017, an excellent opportunity to show case their best work.”
Head of Colchester School of Art, Mick Stubbs was delighted with the turnout:
“As ever, this year’s event was well attended and I congratulate all the students on the tremendous effort they put into making it a success- a well-deserved outcome.”