STUDENTS from Worcester Sixth Form College covered an entire wall of the Museum of Royal Worcester exhibition hall with their artwork.

First-year A-level graphic design students had a rare opportunity to work on a live design brief and then publicly exhibit their designs. They were asked to create A3 marketing posters featuring the Museum brand and designed to attract visitors.

The opportunity arose because Kay Mullett, the museum’s outreach and engagement manager, is also a college art and design professor.

Kay Mullett hanging the show. Photo: Christion Gibbons

The idea immediately received the blessing of Jules Steed, head of art and design at the college.

She said: “It is so important and helpful for students considering a career in the arts to have hands-on, live experience of making fulfilling dissertations.

“And it’s great for students to gain experience working with an organization that regularly uses graphic designers as part of their marketing activities.”

The exhibition hall is regularly used as a backdrop for events and room hire and museum director Sophie Heath is delighted to kick off 2022 with student work.

She said: ‘They had just four weeks from start to finish to tackle our design brand guidelines, go through the brief set and choose a piece from our 200 year old collection or something from our most than 8,000 archives on which to base their final design.

“I am amazed by their talent, their creations and above all by their professionalism. I hope we can do it all over again!”

Student Seb Chauhan, 16, chooses his drawing.  Photo: Kay Mullet

Student Seb Chauhan, 16, chooses his drawing. Photo: Kay Mullet

Forty-nine students participated, producing 49 posters. For some, it was a first visit to the museum.

Ivana Leal Quintalo, 16, said: “I really liked the amount of history in the museum and its color.”

Lucy Siket, also 16, said: “The visit to the museum was very interesting and I found it very useful for my lessons”

The Worcester Sixth Form College exhibition will run until Sunday March 13 and is included in the price of museum admission. More details can be found here


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