Students’ art brightens up public spaces across the District  

Oct 3, 2023

Wakefield College students’ artwork helps to brighten up family hubs in Wakefield, as part of a project with Wakefield Families Together.

This saw Level 3 Fashion Textile students create pieces of artwork for Wakefield Families Together’s Castle Family Hub, helping to enhance the space and make the families who use the hub feel welcome.

Wakefield Families Together provide spaces for families to receive support and advice about everyday challenges that comes with parenting and relationships, as well as providing more support if needed.

Family Hubs provide a venue and a linked network of local community venues, specialist services and partner organisation so that people can get early help, meet other local families, take part in activities, and join helpful groups.

Karen Wilkinson, Early Intervention and Prevention Partnership Manager from Wakefield Council, said: “Our Family and Youth Hubs are a safe haven for those who need advice or a shoulder to lean on. We wanted to make our spaces as welcoming as possible, so invited the students to bring their own interpretation of themes such as family, care and support in their pieces, whilst incorporating local landmarks and keeping in touch with the brand and ethos of Wakefield Families Together. The students produced some fantastic pieces of art and showed nothing but enthusiasm and professionalism throughout the project. We’re looking forward to continuing this into the new academic year, with another two family hubs and one youth hub on the horizon.”

One of the students’ pieces of artwork

Ruby Kelly, Level 3 in Fashion Textile student at Wakefield College, said: “The project has given me invaluable experience in working with a real-life client. It allowed me to express my creativity and ideas of what family, love and support mean to me, whilst also still working to the client’s brief of incorporating their brand identity and aspects of the local area. This will look great on my CV and will hopefully give me an advantage when applying for employment.”

The Level 3 in Fashion Textile course is aimed at developing learners’ artistic skills in fashion and textiles, enabling them to gain self-confidence in their portfolio work.

Find out more about the Level 3 in Fashion Textile programme, here

Learn more about Wakefield Families Together, at: Wakefield Families Together – Wakefield Families Together

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