Highbury Campus's art department are beaming with pride this week after three Level 3 art and design students were recognised for their talents and fantastic art pieces in the Solent University Fine Art and Photography competition, which has been created to "champion the artistic pursuits of college students across England".

All entrants were encouraged to submit their work in formats including "photography, portraits or mixed-media pieces – to be part of an open exhibition in Southampton’s Guildhall Square".

Ella Davenport who is currently studying her second year of the art & design extended diploma, entered her "roofscape" art piece, (pictured top) which consisted of crafted lead type pipes, taking home 1st prize and £300 in prize money. The judges chose the winners and their pieces for their "outstanding skill and captivating nature".

After winning, Ella said “I was drawn to the roofscape as it gave a very different perspective on both sound and visual surroundings. I took inspiration from the aging lead pipes and surrounding infrastructure and generated a sculpture of scale.”

Mia Harding, also in her second year at Highbury Campus, received a "highly commended" award for her entry of an extremely lifelike "mouldy orange" painted sculpture. (image below)

Hannah Evans had her oil canvas painting shortlisted to the top 30 to be displayed, out of 169 applicants, which is a tremendous achievement.

The competition received over 200 submissions and 30 were then chosen for display in the Guildhall until 2nd May, for the public to enjoy.  

Ella (centre) and Mia (second left) with their certificates

Mia Harding's winning entry 

Hannah Evan's entry piece

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