Titanic haul marks the start of College's summer arts show

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By YouPR | Friday, June 14, 2013, 12:14

A Weston College student who pushed a scale model of the sinking Titanic from Clevedon to Weston-super-Mare at night is exhibiting his handiwork in the College's annual summer arts show.

With a deadline looming Lorin Robinson, 17, of Beaconsfield Road, did not know how to transport his model from the front room of his home to Weston College. He doesn't drive and the model was too big for the bus.

So, with the help of friend Alex Price, 16, Lorin decided to push it 15 miles on a trolley made from an old go-kart.

He said: "We set off about 12.50am because we thought the roads would be quieter. They were, but we didn't realise how many street lights are turned off at night, so it was much darker than we thought. We only had a single torch and some lights on the model itself."

The boys pushed the model – inspired by Lorin's obsession with the doomed liner – through Kenn and on to Yatton. There, they joined the Strawberry Line cycle path, leaving it at Congresbury to walk along the A370 to the M5 roundabout, then on to the College's University Campus in Loxton Road.

The Level 2 Art and Design student and his friend had to negotiate blind corners, trucks thundering past and even talk of ghosts from Lorin's mum.

"It was an amazing journey," Lorin said. "We set off in high spirits, despite the dark, but by the time we got there we were absolutely exhausted. It had taken more than six hours. We'd only had a couple of short rest stops and when we arrived and found the college not yet open we fell asleep."

They were then discovered at 7.30am outside the classroom by Art and Design Curriculum Manager Neale Jordan Mellersh. He said: "The dedication that was demonstrated by Lorin's act, whilst not advised by us, is symptomatic of the attitudes of all of the students within the faculty of art at Weston College and underpins the huge success that is achieved by our students each and every year."

Lorin's model will now take pride of place in the College's annual Creative Arts Summer Show, featuring work from art, design, graphics, performing arts, music and photography students.

More than 600 talented students are involved in the show, which opens on June 18 at University Campus and runs until June 28. In addition, there is a Fashion Show on the Grand Pier on the evening of June 28 and Design students are exhibiting their work at the Islington Business Centre, London, between July 1-5.

This year's show is the biggest in the College's history and features many examples of outstanding and imaginative work produced over the year.

Student Gail Dark, of Weston, is on the University Arts London (UAL) Diploma in Art and Design. Her ceramics exhibition is called 'The Death of the Book' and deals with the decline of print and the rise of new technology.

She said: "Our theme is 'Space and Time', so I responded to that by showing how the space of books has become compressed into the digital format. I also cast a laptop in clay – using a real model – and that was very tricky to achieve."

UAL Foundation Diploma, Curriculum Manager, Anna Lowther-Harris is delighted by the continued high standard of this year's work. She said: : "It is quite exceptional. Our philosophy is that all our Creative Arts courses should be challenging, rewarding and great fun, supporting each individual student to reach their best potential. This year's show very much reflects that, and is both fresh and innovative."

The Creative Arts Summer Show runs from June 18-28 and is open to the public between 10am-4pm (Sat June 22, 10am-2pm). For more information please contact University Campus on 01934 411627.

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