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Art at Langstone event held at the park on July 1st 2010

Art at Langstone event held at the park on July 1st 2010
Created on 06/07/2010 12:10:00

Art of the matter - A 50,000 sq ft warehouse at Langstone Technology Park has been transformed into a London-style art gallery for the next generation of Tracey Emins and Damien Hirsts.


Art of the matter

A 50,000 sq ft warehouse at Langstone Technology Park has been transformed into a London-style art gallery for the next generation of Tracey Emins and Damien Hirsts.

Home to 3,000 people working for 18 companies, the park hosted an event titled ‘Art @ Langstone’, which showcased the awe-inspiring work of final-year art students from nearby Havant College.

The evening event was the first of its kind at the 43-acre site and attended by 250 youngsters and their families and friends, culminated in a prize-giving ceremony.

Normally the traditional end-of-year show for art students is held at the college, but the venue was switched when Fasset, which runs the park, offered the space.

Multi-media exhibits ranged from cityscapes and portraits to thought-provoking confessional studies, videos and installations.

They included a study of a pub door caught in a progressive state of collapse, to illustrate a drinker’s journey from sobriety to drunkenness, and a symbolic portrait of a woman’s eyes blindfolded by wrap-around tape measure.

Havant College has a long-standing relationship with Langstone Technology Park, which displays artwork from students along corridors and at the site’s restaurant and meeting rooms.

Gary Medlow, managing director of Fasset, said: “The quality and calibre of work here is unbelievable - absorbing, challenging and sometimes poignant, with the ‘wow’ factor even greater because of the setting.
 

“Fasset is proud to be associated with such talent, and we are as proud as the mums and dads and lecturers by what we see here – the best of the best from 16 to 17-year-olds. It has been a real privilege.”

He added: “We held a preview at lunchtime for hundreds of tenants on the site, and a number of them were so struck by some of the artwork that they asked if they could buy them. It is clear that many pieces have commercial viability.

“We hope to host the exhibition again this time next year, perhaps combined with dance and drama from the college’s students, bringing the arts to the heart of one of most vibrant business parks in the South.”

Gary also paid tribute to Chris Cook and Ian Banfield, two art lecturers at the college, which has 180 art students, for the professional way the exhibits were set up.

Chris said: “We’ve been given a fantastic, unforgettable venue to display the work of our students, and we’re grateful to Fasset for providing the facilities, support and encouragement. This would not have happened without Fasset.

“For the students to have their work seen by hundreds of people in business is a boost to the confidence, especially when they hear that some want to pay good money for their art.”

None of the displayed works can be sold until they’ve been given the all-clear by the examining board, Chris added.
 

John McDougall, the college principal, also praised students and art staff, as well as the continued support of Fasset, adding: “We have here the feel of a chic London warehouse art gallery, which gives an outstanding backdrop to the art.”
 

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