Our Level 3 Art and Design students were recently challenged with creating artwork for the new Wellbeing Centre at the Keogh Barracks in Ash Vale, Aldershot.
Students followed a brief to create paintings for the newly developed Wellbeing Centre, which is open for all soldiers based at the barracks as a place of reflection and tranquillity away from their work. As well as coming up with their own themes and designs, students had to pitch their ideas to staff at the barracks.
We spoke to some of the students involved about their chosen themes and thoughts on the project. Abby Williams said:
“When I was deciding what to paint I looked at beaches as they are relaxing and I choose a seashell theme. I researched a lot of artists before starting and based the designs on the work of abstract artists – the centre is a reflective place and abstract art really makes you think.”
Logan Chiwanda said “I chose butterflies as my theme because they are calm and peaceful. I feel like the project gave me motivation as we had to work to a deadline and the work had a purpose.”
The artwork produced by students is displayed on the inside and outside of the Wellbeing Centre:
Students involved in the project were invited to the official opening of the Wellbeing Centre by Lt Col David Wright.
Lecturer in Art and Design, Jane Habgood, who liaised with Keogh Barracks staff to organise the project commented “This was a fantastic opportunity for the students to experience what it is like to produce work for a real client. These projects really help when they are looking for jobs and with university applications as it means they learn about life as a working artist, presenting work to clients, costing and deadlines. They really enjoyed the project and were delighted to go and see the work in situ.”
John Roome, one of the students who attended the official opening, said:
“It is great to see the artwork displayed here. I hope that it is uplifting for those using the centre – after all, we made the artwork for them.”