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Aviva 1200 P1014279Winning entries by Uxbridge College Art & Design students have been chosen to be hung on the walls of Uxbridge’s £30m Belmont office building development.

Judges from Aviva Investors, the company behind the development near Uxbridge station, the Uxbridge Gazette, Hillingdon Council and Uxbridge College chose an overall winning piece (pictured) and five runners up from the entries by the first year students. The winning image, a collaborative work by graphics students, will be hung in the Belmont foyer, and the runners up pieces around the building.

The competition was based on the theme of ‘London living’, set by Aviva Investors, and inspired work in a range of media including costume, design, drawing, painting, print and 3D. The students are all on the UAL Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design (Fashion/Graphics), which is equivalent to A levels and can provide a route to art college without students having to complete the one-year foundation degree first.

Julian Cobourne, Senior Asset Manager at Aviva Investors and one of the judges, said: “The quality of the artwork was outstanding, and the huge effort put into the pieces was evident. The installations will look superb in Belmont, Aviva Investors’ newly redeveloped office building in Uxbridge town centre.”

Julian was joined on the judging panel by Fran Beasley, Chief Executive of Hillingdon Council, Alex Ballinger, Uxbridge Gazette reporter, Tina Herculis for Aviva, and Uxbridge College Art & Design lecturers Victoria Cohen and Clara Clark.

Fran Beasley said: "We are lucky to have such a fantastic college on our doorstep and the students certainly didn't disappoint us with their interpretations of 'London Living'. I think it is a tremendous idea to showcase local artwork in this fabulous new development and the students who participated should all feel very proud of their work."

Victoria Cohen, Art & Design Lecturer at Uxbridge College said: “I’m extremely proud that the students have created such brilliant, diverse pieces and have really understood the ‘London Living’ theme. It has been a great opportunity for them to work with a live brief, where they had to combine their own creativity with an understanding of what the client wanted, and come up with a high quality image or 3D piece to deadline.”

The winning piece was the collaborative image by the graphics group and the runners up were by Mary Fagbolagun (16), Hazel Woodstock (19), Czarek Sobol (17), Mark Moktan Tamang (24) and Reesha Bhatoy (16). The students all received cash prizes from Aviva Investors.

See the winning images along with photos from the judging at:

Capture 1Artwork by Uxbridge College students took centre stage at the Old Vinyl Factory during a special exhibition.

The event, entitled ‘Capture’, was held in The Vinyl Canteen in the complex of buildings formerly owned by the music company EMI in Hayes, and opened by The Mayor and Mayoress of Hillingdon Councillor John and Diane Hensley.

The show, which included sculpture, printmaking, painting, and multi-media works, ran for three days and included a private view with refreshments kindly sponsored by Kingston Smith. Pieces by the second year Level 3 Art & Design students were sold off after the event.

David Storer, Art & Design Lecturer at Uxbridge College, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for students to see their work displayed in a public setting and to gain experience of what’s involved in planning, installing and curating an exhibition. I’d like to say a big thank you to The Vinyl Canteen and Kingston Smith for all their support in making this event possible.”

Jonathan Seymour from sponsors Kingston Smith, who are based at the Old Vinyl Factory, said: “It’s great to support Uxbridge College and the art students who exhibited a very impressive display of their talents.”

Richard Upton, Deputy CEO of U+I, said “We are delighted to be helping to showcase such talented students and are very proud of all the great work being produced and displayed at The Vinyl Canteen.”

The site off Dawley Road in Hayes is owned by U+I, a specialist regeneration and property developer. The original art deco factory buildings were designed by Wallis, Gilbert & Partners, who were also responsible for the famous Hoover Building on the A40. Thousands of people worked at the EMI site, pressing and packaging vinyl records and making everything from radio sets to bicycles. The buildings are now being used and developed as multi-purpose workspaces, homes, retail, leisure and green spaces.

Golden Park IMG 3321Pictured with the commemorative plaque at the official opening of Golden Park in Hayes, members of the Hillingdon borough and Hayes communities, and Uxbridge College. L-R Councillor Lynne Allen; David Brough, Chair of Hayes Town Partnership; Ajaib Singh Puar, Chair of Hayes Town Business Forum; Lorraine Collins, Executive Director Enterprise and Development at Uxbridge College; Andrew Melvin, Consort to the Deputy Mayor; Laraine Smith, Principal of Uxbridge College; Councillor Carol Melvin, Deputy Mayor of Hillingdon.

A project to transform Uxbridge College’s Hayes Community park with an open-air performance space, a fitness trail, children’s play equipment, a sports court, seating, and a running track was celebrated with a seasonal family event.

The renamed Golden Park in College Way, off Coldharbour Lane, was declared officially opened by the Deputy Mayor of Hillingdon Councillor Carol Melvin, accompanied by her consort Andrew, who unveiled a commemorative plaque. The park’s new name was chosen to mark Uxbridge College and Hillingdon Council’s recent 50th anniversary and the work was completed to celebrate this partnership

The council kindly provided a grant of £80,000 from its Chrysalis Fund, which supports environmental and community projects, with the remaining costs met by the College.

During the event local children and a group from nearby Uxbridge College Children’s Centre got a chance to visit Santa in his grotto and have their faces painted by Hair & Media Make-up students. Adult visitors included local Councillors, and members of Hayes Town Partnership and Hayes Business Forum. Music students also showcased the new performance area, singing acapella Christmas songs.

The students who took part in the launch event are all on courses at the College’s Hayes campus, also in College Way, and other students from the campus will be using the park as part of their extra-curricular activities. A group used the area for jogging, skipping, and working out on the exercise machines for the first time the day after the launch event.

Lorraine Collins from Uxbridge College said: “The College is delighted that our park is transformed into a more welcoming and diverse space offering fitness, leisure and fun for students and the local community alike. We were very pleased to see so many members of the public at our opening event and hope they will continue to make use of and enjoy the park as much as possible. It was also great to see how successful the first student group activity session in the park was.”

Councillor Douglas Mills, Cabinet Member for Community, Commerce and Regeneration, said: "Since it was established in 2009 the Chrysalis Fund has helped in the delivery of over 100 projects and I am delighted that we have been able to help Uxbridge College create Golden Park for the benefit of both their students and the local residents."


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