Borders College

New Blood exhibition a big 'draw'

Following on from Jedburgh, Hawick and Galashiels High Schools, Selkirk High School were the final group to visit the New Blood Exhibition being held at Hawick Museum, and Borders College would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who came to visit the showcase event.

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Jedburgh Grammar Pupils

Former student Charlotte Miller (far right) gives Jedburgh Grammar pupils some tips on sketching.

As part of a collaboration between Borders College, Live Borders Museums & Galleries and the Creative Arts Business Network (CABN), staff and pupils from a number schools across the Scottish Borders were invited to take part in workshops which saw pupils getting involved in various art-related activities inside and outside the Museum. The event proved very popular, with over 60 pupils and a number of school staff attending the creative workshops. The exhibition was also open to the general public, with visitors coming in to see the work of six former Borders College students.

The aim of the exhibition was to show the wealth of young talent coming from Scotland’s art colleges by demonstrating the art education journey of the artists (Alice Scott, Annie Mulvey, Charlotte Miller, Gavin Wood, Martin Pringle and Paulina Imbiorkiewicz), which began at Borders College and their respective high schools. Some of the works displayed at the exhibition, running as part of the Year of Young People 2018, were specially commissioned in a variety of media, with the exhibition poster itself produced by a former HND Visual Communications student of Borders College.

The event as a whole was a success, with very positive feedback from each of the visiting schools, as well as the general public.

Niall Campbell, Art and Design Lecturer at Borders College and co-curator of the exhibition said:

“The New Blood Exhibition saw six Borders College Art and Design alumni showing their work at Hawick Museum. The former students are at different points in their art journey; some are still at art school and others have graduated, attempting to make it their life. This is a major stepping stone for these students and great that it is happening in the Borders.
“The exhibitors offered an insight and advice to those thinking about art as a subject to study in both Further and Higher Education. Hearing first-hand from students who had been at the local High Schools too, and their educational journey, was an invaluable tool in promoting the arts as a viable study choice.”

If you have a keen interest in art and design, Borders College will be running a two-day Taster Workshop on Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th February 2019. The sessions are designed to give an experience of the courses on offer across a two-day intensive programme of study and will introduce students to the idea of the Art and Design Foundation course and the important pivotal role it plays in the transition between the restrictions of the school curriculum and the open ended self- motivated study of a degree programme. The emphasis will be on:

• Approaches
• Ideas Generation
• Concept/Context
• Exploration/Investigation

The course is open to all students studying at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher who either definitely want to pursue art and design as a career choice or are just ‘thinking’ about it, and would benefit from ‘trying it out’ to help in their career choices. The maximum number of students for this session will be 20.

To book, and for further info, please email:

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Published: Fri 21st Dec, 2018