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Origins exhibition bothTwo Uxbridge College art students have been selected from applicants across the UK to showcase their work in an annual London exhibition hosted by the prestigious University of the Arts London (UAL).

Isheda Lee (18), (left) and Cassia Stirzaker (16), from Level 2 Art and Design are among those chosen to be featured in the Origins Creative Arts Festival from more than 350 applicants nationally.

The festival is held at the Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, from 26-28 July and celebrates the work and achievements of students completing UAL awarding body qualifications at centres across the UK at Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4. A range of painting, drawing, sculpture, video and fashion will be exhibited and complemented by a programme of music.

UAL encompasses six London creative arts colleges including the world famous St Martins College, Chelsea College of Arts, and the London College of Fashion.

Isheda, who plans to complete her Art & Design studies to Level 3 at Uxbridge College then go on to university to study fine art, said: “My work was inspired by the ideas of love and the ring. Using the rings I wanted to explore balance and harmony in relationships by using the structure itself to present that. I feel honoured to be involved in such an important show and am looking forward to see what other students from around the country have done. I would like my work to inspire or touch people in some way.”

Cassia, who also wants to study art and design at university, said: “I was inspired by the current situation regarding plastic pollution and interested in how something seemingly harmless, like a plastic bottle, can have such a devastating impact on the environment and the sea life. I am over the moon and feel very honoured, humbled and excited to be involved in such an amazing show.”

Jill Tattersall, Art & Design lecturer, who taught the students, said: “Isheda and Cassia have done fantastically well to be chosen from so many applicants from across the UK to be part of this impressive and prestigious exhibition. Uxbridge College has an excellent record of supporting students to both complete their UAL qualifications to a high level and to go on and study at UAL colleges and on other degree level courses or go into creative jobs nationally. We are extremely proud of Isheda, Cassia and all our creative arts students.”

Ross Anderson, Director, UAL Awarding Body said: “Origins Creative Arts Festival offers students the significant opportunity to exhibit their work. It gives them a moment in time where they can experience what it is like to be an arts professional.”

All students exhibiting at the Creative Arts Festival will have the chance to win a prize at the event’s private view on 25 July.

Origins Creative Arts Festival will be open to the public at 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL, as follows:

* 26 July: 10.30am - 5.00pm
* 27 July: 10.30am - 5.00pm
* 28 July: 11.00am - 4.00pm

Lord McFall IMG 6368Business students at Uxbridge College found out more about the role of the UK’s House of Lords in a video-call session with its Senior Deputy Speaker, Lord McFall of Alcluith.

The live Skype Q&A, part of a programme of activities for schools and colleges organised by the Parliamentary Education Centre to raise awareness of the UK parliament’s work, gave the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma students a chance to learn more about topics including the impact of the House of Lords on democracy and the part it plays in legislative process.

They also quizzed Lord McFall on his opinions on a range of subjects including whether he thought the House of Lords should have more power (no!) and if representation was diverse enough (he answered that greater efforts were needed to increase diversity in both the House of Lords and the House of Commons, including the number of women, people with disabilities and members from a wider range of social backgrounds).

Suba Dickerson, Head of Business at Uxbridge College, said: “It was a terrific opportunity for Business students to learn more about the ways in which our parliamentary processes impact on our national economy and how this links to the works of its members. A big thank you to Lord McFall for taking the time to talk to our students in this live question and answer session - it was a real eye opener and a great way for them to broaden their horizons.”

As Senior Deputy Speaker, Lord McFall deputises for the Lord Speaker, Lord Fowler, carrying out various responsibilities in his absence. In particular he presides over business in the Lords’ Chamber from the Woolsack, although unlike in the House of Commons he does not call the House to order as the House of Lords is self-regulating. One of the Speaker’s other roles is participating in an outreach programme to engage the public in the work and role of the Lords, central to which is the Peers in Schools programme, which as a former teacher Lord McFall has a particular interest in.

Lord McFall’s roles in the UK Parliament currently also include chairmanship of committees including the Liaison Committee, Procedure Committee and the Standing Orders (Private Bills) Committee.

SAM 6694Artistic Uxbridge College students have created two beautiful murals in an A&E cubicle for patients with dementia.

The art has been designed to be calming and reassuring to patients who may be confused and therefore difficult to treat.

The two scenes - a countryside scene complete with the forget-me-not flowers used as a symbol of support for dementia awareness, and a seascape - were created by eight first year students on the Level 3 course in Art and Design.

The eight students developed designs based on the hospital’s brief to create calming, relaxing and reassuring images, including creating mock-ups which were then scaled up to the size of the walls. They also sourced materials and suppliers and calculated costings for everything from paint and brushes to masking tape and overalls.

Clara Clark, Art and Design Lecturer, said: “This has been a very valuable experience for our students about how art can be used to transform environments for the good of other people.

“They have gained many important professional skills from working on this and it has been a great opportunity and really interesting working with Hillingdon Hospital.”

Kim Pendergast, Senior Sister in the A&E Department, said: "We are so grateful to the Uxbridge College students for creating these gorgeous murals, which really enhance the dementia-friendly area of our Emergency Department.

"Beautiful, pastoral scenes like this have a calming effect on patients with dementia, so this generous donation of time and talent is so appreciated."

One of the team of students, Yaminah Arbibey (18), said: "This was a great experience, especially putting in images of forget-me-nots, which are symbolic of dementia awareness and bring a little bit of the British countryside into A&E."

The work complements other dementia-friendly items in the A&E department at Hillingdon Hospital including its mock-up ‘bus stop’, which includes a bus sign mounted on a wall indoors, seats and timetable. The idea, originally from Germany, is based on studies showing that dementia patients often feel they want to get home when they are somewhere unfamiliar, and find ‘bus stops’ such as these calming.

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