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Home is where the art is


Fine Art students from Hopwood Hall College won a design competition against other Greater Manchester colleges last week.

The theme of the competition was ‘home’, connecting to current homeless issues in Manchester.

The teams were given three and a half hours to create a proposal for a ‘home’-themed gallery exhibition. They were then given just five minutes to present their concept to the judges.

The idea was that the competition mimicked real-life situations where artists have to pitch galleries and present applications for taking part in exhibitions, projects and commissions.

The competition took part at Oldham College and they were allowed to use any materials that were available on the day to pitch their ideas; the Hopwood Hall team decided to create a small scale model of what their gallery installation would look like.

Nicola Karwat, Fine Art Tutor at Hopwood Hall College said: “The students wowed the panel of judges, gaining first place with their gallery space proposal.”

The winning team were Morgan Tunnicliffe, 17, from Oldham, Natasha Openshaw, 19, from Middleton, Nicole Jenkinson, 17, from Middleton and Kalonji Diyoka, 20, from Rochdale.

The judges were Lee Ashworth from HOME, Denise Bowler from The Whitworth Gallery and Rachel Wood from Oldham Council.