Super College students encouraged to 'Make Art not War'

Students from City of Glasgow College will have the opportunity to take part in the nationwide Make Art Not War programme for young creative students.

Scotland’s Super College is one of only 10 further education colleges across the UK to have been named as a ‘Leadership College’ for the programme which forms part of the World War 1 centenary art commissions project.

Tom Elliott, City of Glasgow College Curriculum Head Digital Media said:

“City of Glasgow College is well-known for the wealth of creative talent and artistic ability among our students and staff.

“This important project will enable our students to showcase the very best of their work to the whole of the UK as well as learning some important lessons from history and from the artists they will work with and alongside.

“It’ll be great to see what our students create in response to this thought-provoking challenge.

"Creative Industry students from the college will also work with appointed artist and former College Alumni, Martyn McKenzie to create projects in the digital film, audio recording, events, and visual arts categories and in response to the provocation issued by the founders of Make Art Not War, which asks students, “What does peace mean to you?”

Those students who choose to take part will be challenged to select their medium as well as to write and work to their own live brief. Make Art Not War is part of the 14-18 NOW legacy programme which brings together extraordinary arts experiences aimed at connecting people with the events of the First World War. The programme offers brand new materials to students aged 16-18 years old as well as mentoring and targeted support for those taking part.

In addition to being part of the 1,000 students taking part in the project, Make Art Not War will offer creative students from City of Glasgow College the opportunity to develop their confidence, self-belief, teamwork, resilience, and communications skills.

Make Art Not War is also supported by Creative & Cultural Skills and The National Skills Academy; it runs from October 2018 to March 2019 with a final project exhibition scheduled for April 2019.