Exhibition at V&A Museum

Exhibition at V&A Museum

A mature Art and Design student at Tameside College has had her work chosen to be featured at the annual ‘Inspired by…’ exhibition at Morley Gallery in London, starting 20 May until 19 June 2014. The competition is run in association with the V&A (Victoria and Albert), a world renowned museum.

Gillian Reid entered the competition, encouraged by her Creative Industries tutors and was amazed to discover that she was one of the winners. Gillian created a clay crocheted blanket inspired by work viewed at the London gallery.
Gillian said; “The inspiration for the piece I did was a ceramic dish of peas made by Minton, in 1825. It reminded me of seaside rock from my childhood that came in all kinds of shapes. I had been finishing a crocheted blanket and wanted to combine the two – making a ‘Blanket of the Ground’.”

To enter the competition, Gillian had to submit photographs of her work, along with an artist’s statement outlining why she created the piece and what it was inspired by. The competition was judged by Terry Bloxham, Assistant Curator for Ceramics and Glass and the V&A.

Gillian also said; “The College tutors have, without exception, been so supportive and encouraging throughout the entire course – I feel I have been able to ‘blossom’ at the College. I am also thrilled to have been chosen for the exhibition. I honestly couldn’t believe it when I got the email. It was in the Easter holidays when I found out and there was no one to tell. I was just waiting to be able to glaze them, take them home and put them on the wall. I’ll have to wait a bit longer now – but I really don’t mind.”

Course tutor Yvette Barlow sad; “The staff team teaching on the BTEC Level two Diploma in Art and Design for Adults are delighted with Gillian’s well-deserved and outstanding achievement.”