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VIDEO: Inverness College UHI art students exhibition projected to celebrate Human Rights day

By Federica Stefani

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THE work produced by Inverness art students was on show on a city college building last week to mark UN Human Rights day on December 10.

Inverness College UHI students from the NC Art and Design programme have been creating activist art for the occasion to send a social message about basic human rights, freedoms and expressions.

The exhibition was projected within the An t-Eilean open space and premiered on YouTube. Picture by: David Stewart.
The exhibition was projected within the An t-Eilean open space and premiered on YouTube. Picture by: David Stewart.

The exhibition, which couldn't be displayed indoors due to covid restrictions, was projected on the walls within the open space at An t-Eilean at Inverness Campus and the live stream is available to watch on Youtube, with a virtual introduction by Inverness MP Drew Hendry.

Courtney Reade (21), an NC Art and Design student from Forres, Moray, hopes her work will encourage people to think more about recycling and reducing their plastic consumption.

She said: “I have enjoyed this project as it has allowed me to put into practice all the skills I have developed on this course and explore new mediums. I hope my work leaves a lasting impression on people, so they think twice about what they throw in the bin.”

Georgia O’Leary-Collins, an NC Art and Design student from Cromarty, said: “Not only have I learned new skills and techniques, but I have also discovered how to commercialise these skills in an area of interest that is close to my heart. I've particularly enjoyed working on this project because it was a real design brief and in an area that aligned with my values and sentiments.”

Inverness College UHI art lecturer Frank To said: "I'm honoured and humbled to work alongside the NC Art & Design students, my team and the staff on this exhibition. It's important that we give our students meaningful and exciting live projects like this to work on. That's what makes us special in terms of teaching and preparing our students to work within the creative and cultural sector."

The exhibition featured examples of student work created using a Humanium Metal pen, a form of metal made by melting down illegal firearms and developed by IM Swedish Development Partner, for which Mr To is a UK artist ambassador.

The pen was created by A Good Company, a Swedish sustainable and social impact start-up who supported the exhibition.

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