Cumbernauld art student prepares for Alloa exhibition

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 17:10 on 17 July 2014.
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Student, William Homer will have his work exhibited.

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ONE of Cumbernauld’s artistic talents is to have his work displayed a special exhibition by Forth Valley College, next week. 

Scottish artist Richard Demarco will formally open an exhibition of work by a group of Contemporary Art Practice students from Forth Valley College tomorrow (18 July), in an exhibition that will run until July 28th.

Mr Demarco will be the college’s special guest at the private view of the ‘First Collective’ Exhibition which is set to be held at Resonate Arts House in Alloa between tomorrow (18 July) and 28 July.     

The free exhibition – which will include a variety of wide-ranging pieces of work from different disciplines, such as including painting, printmaking, sculpture, digital media and installation art – was put together by a group of first year students from the College’s HND in Contemporary Art Practice as part of their coursework.  

Former Cumbernauld South SNP councillor and local activist, William Homer is one of the students whose work will feature at the exhibition. 

Mr Homer (44), who helped organise the exhibition said: “We would encourage members of the public to visit our exhibition; there’s an eclectic mix of work and people will also be supporting local artists.  We’ve all really enjoyed the experience of organising the exhibition and it’s showed us what we can do.  

“It’s been an honour to have Richard Demarco open our exhibition and we’re also really grateful for all the help we have received from Resonate.   As well as providing a venue for our exhibition, they have also donated funding for printing our promotional materials.  They are a really good local arts facility and we would encourage the community to support them.”

Talking to Cumbernauld Media, the Carbrain resident said: “I have some prints, a painting, sculpture and two installations in the exhibition; the works are all part of my first years’ work, but the organisation for the show has taken around some four months.”

The former Nationalist councillor added: “I've had my work exhibited before but this time has been more stressful, because I've been involved in curating it – the show won't be to everybody's taste but there is something for everyone.”
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