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CSVA Nativity Competition

CSVA students had the fantastic opportunity to work on a project in partnership with St. Mildred's Church.

Level 2 Art & Design students at CSVA competed to create nativity scenes to be displayed in St Mildred’s Church.

They were given the brief by Mary Kemp, who challenged them to design and make a nativity scene that tells the story of Jesus’ birth and includes all of the suitable characters.

Students were tasked with creating vibrant, eye-catching scenes, to invite young children to interact and play with. 

Another component of the brief was that all pieces should be movable to allow the user to set a different nativity scene each festive season.

Runners up - Sapphire Smith and Logan Manning

 The project allowed students to work for a client; design and create a piece from a brief and understand the importance of keeping to the client's wishes when presenting them with the finished product.

Runner up - created by Evelyn Wan

Mary judged the nativity scenes, carefully analysing each one to see if they hit all parts of the brief.

Runner up - created by Jade Barrett

Mary said: "It wasn't an easy task to judge the nativity scenes, the level of artistic talent of the students was so high. The final designs I chose all incorporate bright colours and moveable pieces - two things that were very important aspects of the brief as I wanted the nativity scenes to appeal to children, and to be played with."

The overall winning scene, created by Derek Tober and Emily Knowles 

With the competition and talent on display so fierce, the judging concluded with three runners-up, who each won £25, and one overall winner taking home £75 for their brilliant nativity scene. 

Industry Liaison Officer, Denise Knights-Toomer, said: "The students really engaged with this project and some made stables fit for film sets. It was such a pleasure to listen to Mary’s feedback about the students' creations."

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