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Art show in aid of Afghans proves a hit

Students from across Ashford College’s art courses got a chance to not only exhibit their artwork to the public, but also to help Afghans find their feet in the UK.

Held on two days in mid-November, the Affordable Art Show was a collaboration between Art and Design and Photography students in support of Afghan refugee charities.

In just the first six hours of operation, the art show raised £180.

Alongside the purchasable pieces were ‘cabinets of curiosity’ created by Level 3 Art and Design learners, with visitors invited to get a glimpse of the work being produced on the course.

The Programme Director of Art and Design, Paul Hodge, said: “It was great to see all the students from different courses bring together such a strong collection of artwork and curate it in such an exciting way.

“There was such a range of disciplines on show and such talent. We had great support from the public and college community and would love to do something like this again.”

Victoria Salisbury, Head of Service, Creative and Business Service Industries at Ashford College, was equally overjoyed with the work on display.

She said: “We really value our local community, and it was an excellent opportunity to showcase the talents of our art and photography students.

“It’s through events like the art fair that we can become a stronger presence in the community, and inspire creativity among the students and public.”

For more information on Ashford College’s Art and Design department, click here.