Friday evening saw the opening of the annual Franklin Art Foundation Exhibition. Sixteen Art Foundation students showcased an exciting exhibition of contemporary art and design in a pop up gallery space in the centre of Grimsby, at the newly constructed Cartergate House. The exhibition titled DAY: 292 featured works of film, photography, fashion, sculpture and Installation. Art Foundation students spend a year after their A Level studies developing their skills and portfolio with the support of tutors at Franklin. This talented group of students have already secured offers at some of the most prestigious art courses across the country and are hoping to use the exhibition as an opportunity to raise the profile of young local artists and designers.
Franklin Art Foundation student Lilli-Rose Stables said, “The exhibition took a lot of hard work by all of us to put together, but it was so worth it! I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to exhibit my work in a professional setting and thankful to everyone who came to support the event. I have loved meeting new people and discussing my work and the inspirations behind it, as well as creating a project I am very proud of. I am now excited to go onto to study Fashion Marketing at Falmouth University in September.”
The opening event was a roaring success with members of the public, friends, family and college staff filling the venue and enjoying the student’s artwork. Franklin College Head of Art, George Lamb said, "We were delighted by the public interest on the opening night and really proud of the professional show that our students have put on".
The project has been kindly supported by Our Big Picture, Engie, North East Lincolnshire Council, Comley Cameras and The Franklin Trust. The students would particularly like to thank Paula Denton and Staphanie Lawton for her help in making this event possible.
Paula Denton MD Our Big Picture Ltd said, “We have worked with the students of Franklin College Art Foundation course through our recent ‘Art in the Minster’ project. We are really excited to enable this offer of a ‘gallery and exhibition experience’ for these talented young people. This has been possible through a progressive partnership with Engie and NELC, which will allow us to explore other opportunities for the arts.”
Councillor Peter Wheatley, portfolio holder for skills, said “We are delighted to be supporting this fantastic initiative by Franklin college students”.
Franklin Principal Trevor Wray said, “Our art foundation students have worked very hard throughout the year to develop their portfolios and we are really proud of the professional show they have now put on to showcase their final pieces. It was fantastic to see so many people enjoying the opening event and supporting the students. We wish all of the students the best of luck as they progress onto their university places.”