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Graphic Design Student Scoops Gallery Prize

Level 3 Graphic Design student, Dominic Astell, from our Canterbury School of Visual Arts (CSVA), was recently named runner-up for the Further Education category in the Turner Contemporary and Canterbury Christ Church University’s Portfolio Competition 2020.

Dominic’s artwork titled, ‘Place Book’, explores the relationships between people and places. It features a variety of posters for businesses based in the seaside town of Margate, intercepted with translucent maps of the area pinpointing the locations of the enterprises.

“I decided to create these posters with as little as possible, following the art movement of Minimalism,” commented Dominic who continued: “This approach came from how I noted many of the signs becoming more “up to date” whilst following this style, i.e. thinner text, few colours etc.

“My intention with the book is to represent the town’s local businesses in a more modern fashion, with a hope to see if this style change affects the perceptions of them, as the town has undoubtedly been following a similar approach in its attempts at regeneration.”

Having impressed the competition judges, Dominic earnt a spot in the Turner Contemporary’s online exhibition, ‘Portfolio 2020: Places and Spaces’.

The Portfolio Competition acknowledges and celebrates the creative talents of students, educators and community groups across Kent and Medway. The online exhibition can be viewed on the Turner Contemporary’s website.   

Applications to study Graphic Design this September are still open. For more information and to apply, visit our CSVA page.