Empty buildings filled by students’ exhibition

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Art students are putting on a free exhibition in Kettering later this month.

The group members, who are all studying the foundation degree in fine art at Tresham College, will occupy the new restaurant buildings in Market Place.

The buildings have stood empty since their completion in July last year but have been loaned to the students by Kettering Council.

Course lecturer Graham Keddie said: “This exhibition is one part of the professional practice development that students engage with on the course.

“This enables them to step into the professional career they have researched and chosen during the course and in preparation for earning a living when they graduate.

“This group of second year and graduating fine art students are exhibiting works that in many cases have already been successful regionally, nationally and in multiple online portfolios.

“The students all have different backgrounds, ages and personal viewpoints. They are exhibiting what makes them a new and exciting talent. They are now a highly professional group of individual fine artists.”

The students have named their collective Studio 202.

Jack Blount, one of the students in the group, said: “The exhibition will showcase a wide body of work which will be exciting for everyone.”

Another member, Holly Daniels, said: “This is an amazing opportunity for us to get our work out there and seen by a wider audience.”

This is not the first time art students from Tresham have taken their artwork to the high street.

Last year, students on the same course made use of another empty building, a shop in Gold Street, by holding a successful exhibition there.

Higher education courses at the college are run in partnership with the University of Northampton,

The exhibition in Market Place will be open every day between April 28 and May 4 from 10am to 4pm.