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Creative collaboration with Germany

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Some of our Art, Design and Photography students  are busy competing for places on an Erasmus+ scholarship trip to Nottingham’s twin city in Germany, Karlsruhe next year. The creative enterprise scholarship will involve work experience in Karlsruhe’s thriving creative industry. The theme for the project is linking the famous Black Forest with Sherwood Forest. 

Fifteen students will be selected for the Creative Enterprise Scholarship, which includes a two-week trip to Karlsruhe in May 2017. Students will spend time at Central’s German partner college, the Carl Hofer Schule and visit the historic Black Forest. In preparation they will work with resident artists at Nottingham Contemporary and have German lessons. Throughout the project Central students will collaborate online with students from Carl Hofer Schule in Karlsruhe.

The project is funded through Erasmus+, and was launched at Nottingham Contemporary on 8 November with special guests from the Carl Hofer Schule. Students are now working on their entries which will be judged by a panel of College staff.  

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Kathy McArdle

Kathy McArdle, Chief Executive of the Creative Quarter in Nottingham joined the students at the launch. She gave an introduction to the thriving Creative Quarter in Nottingham and talked about her own experiences in Karlsruhe. She said: “Karlsruhe has an amazing set of public spaces that are generous and open, plus a brilliant art and media centre. I wish all the students the very best of luck with their applications.”

Nigel Cooke, Director of One Nottingham, added: “We’ve been working with Karlsruhe for many years and we’ve learned a lot in business technology and creative industries. My advice to students would be to make the most of this chance by learning from, sharing in, and experiencing other people’s viewpoints on the trip.”

Over the next few months, the successful students will learn German to help them make the most of their trip. They will also learn more about Germany and link up with the Carl Hofer Schule online to begin work on a creative project which will be completed during the visit next year.

Some of last year’s participants took part in a Q&A session with this year’s hopefuls at the launch event.

Danny Cleary is now on the Foundation Degree in Fine Art at Central after completing his Foundation Diploma in Art and Design last year.  


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I did work experience with a guy called Buddy who is a graffiti writer and runs a youth centre. I learned a lot of new things and got to work on a collaborative piece. The trip was an amazing experience and I’d recommend giving it a shot.

Danny Cleary

Carys Spilsbury studied Level 3 Fashion, Textiles and Decorative arts at Central and is now at Nottingham Trent University studying a BA (Hons) Decorative Arts. 

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Working with such a different culture, and seeing a different way of working has helped me now I’m at uni, as it helps you relate to all different types of people.

Carys Spilsbury

Yasmeen Thantry studied the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and is now at the University of Bristol. Although she’s chosen a slightly different path she says the course at Central was the best year she’s had in education so far.

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On the course and in Karlsruhe I learnt that there are so many more types of creative career than you would think, such as using creativity in science and history.

Yasmeen Thantry

Andy Newton is now in his second year of his Level 3 3D Design (Architecture) course at Central. 

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On the trip I worked in an architecture firm and I got to work on a real project developing an old building into modern flats. It was a really great opportunity.

Andy Newton