ONCE again this year’s Kendal College Open Studio exhibition showcases the terrific diversity and high standard of work being produced by its talented art and design students. Students from foundation studies in art and design, foundation studies in photography, second year level 3 extended diploma and level 2 art and design, have responded to their own briefs, through a variety of artistic disciplines and approaches, ranging from fashion design to photography.

Lecturer Sorrel Stratford said that the added appeal of the exhibition is the broad range of subject specialisms and the thought-provoking themes that have emerged. Featured in the creative mix is an artist researching visual stress, a photographer exploring Brexit and a fashion designer looking at the influence of social media. There have also been plenty of local related topics with one textile student creating a large stone circle inspired by Cumbrian folklore using contemporary techniques with carpet.

Sorrel added that the were proud to say that it had been another successful year for the art students at the college. "It's fantastic to see so many new dynamic and creative individuals coming from the local area.

"The team of staff are really pleased that a lot of the art students, who had applied to go on to university, have landed a place on their first choice campus." Included will be students heading to study textiles at Edinburgh University, fine art at Central St Martin’s London, photography at Leeds Arts University, illustration at Brighton University and fashion design at Northumbria University.

As usual, a highly imaginative annual must-see exhibition from the college's students. The show runs at KC's Creative Arts Centre, Wildman Studios. Open to all between June 17-21, on the Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from noon-4pm.