Art students join forces with the police

4 October 2019

Art students join forces with the police

Well done to our students who are using their artistic talents to create bespoke bowling pins for a charity auction from City of Newport Campus have been thanked by Gwent Police for supporting their fundraising drive for Motor Neurone disease. They were presented with a bundle of gifts including paints and brushes as a thanks for their contribution to the 2019 Gwent Police Sports Awards dinner raffle and charity auction. Using their talents, students are using recycled bowling pins, donated by Superbowl, to design and create one off pieces to be raffled off at the event.

Police Community Support Officer (PCSO), Alex Donne was delighted to meet those taking part to talk about their inspirations and to see how their ideas were progressing. PCSO Donne said, “A few months ago, I spotted a bowling pin up for sale in a local ‘for sale’ page and it gave me an idea of what to do for this year’s charity raffle. “I approached Coleg Gwent’s Art and Design lecturer at the end of last term with the concept and since then, she has utilised the talents of her class to design, prepare and paint the pins for the project. I am overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the students taking part and can’t wait to see the final pieces at the awards dinner next month”.

Art and Design lecturer, Charmaine Turner explained how the project has developed not just her students’ academic skills, but also their social skills. She said, “This project has allowed students to build vital relationships with local communities as well as gain real-world experiences. They have been able to make the connection between receiving a design brief from a client to producing the final piece. Through supporting a good cause, they have seen that their skills and hard work is a benefit to our communities. The final art works will be raffled off at the Gwent Police Sports Awards dinner on Saturday, 19 October 2019.”