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Posted: 21/05/10

Students bring culture to Mansfield and Ashfield

A four-week festival of arts and culture gets under way in Mansfield and Ashfield next week.

West Nottinghamshire College’s creative arts students are staging their end-of-year shows to showcase the best of their final projects.

The creative arts curriculum includes students on performing arts, media, art and design, multimedia, music, fashion and textiles courses.

Events taking place are:

  • Music students take to the stage at Sutton-in-Ashfield’s Diamond Club on Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 May (both 7pm) with a selection of music by Katie Perry, The Beatles, Oasis, Snow Patrol and others.
  • HND performing arts and HND music students perform ‘Vinegar Tom’ by Caryl Churchill at Mansfield’ Old Library Theatre on Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 June (both 8pm).  The play examines gender and power relationships through the lens of 17th century witchcraft trials in England. 
  • Performing arts students will also tread the boards at the college’s own Warehouse Theatre in Thoresby Street, Mansfield, throughout June performing to invited audiences.
  • Fashion and textiles students will exhibit their latest clothing designs by staging a fashion show at the college’s Construction and Logistics Skills Academy in Kirkby-in-Ashfield on 27 May at 7pm.
  • Art and design students will exhibit their work by staging an exhibition at Mansfield’s Museum and Gallery.  The exhibition will be officially opened by principal Asha Khemka OBE at a private viewing for students and their families on Wednesday 9 June at 6.30pm.  It will be open to the public from Thursday 10 June to Saturday 26 June from 10am-5pm.

Associate director of learning for creative arts, Steve McAlone, said: “This time of year creates such a buzz for our students, their tutors and local communities.  It’s where we see the end results of our students’ hard work over the past year as creative imaginations come together to produce high-quality art, designs and performances at a number of shows and exhibitions.

“Every year we see standards improve across our diverse vocational curriculum and we enjoy nurturing new talent at every level and every age range within the creative arts.”

Selected events are open to the public.  Tickets for the music event at the Diamond Club are £2.50 in advance and £3 on the door. Tickets to see ‘Vinegar Tom’ are £5 with concessions costing £3.50.

Both can be purchased via Carole Littlewood on 01623 627191 ext. 8295

Admission to the art and design exhibition at Mansfield Museum and Art Gallery is free and the fashion show is by invitation only.