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German link paints successful picture for budding creatives

Fifteen Art, Design and Photography students from Central College Nottingham have spent two weeks in Germany, working in the creative industries in Karlsruhe, Nottingham’s German twin city, and visiting the beautiful Black Forest with students from a German school.

The first week of the trip meant a stay in the forest with students from the Carl Hofer Schule in Karlsruhe, where they created 2000 lino prints inspired by the natural world.

The students then undertook work placements with a variety of artists, architects, graphic designers and fashion designers in Karlsruhe. One student got to work with a chainsaw sculptor, another went to a centre for graffiti art and hip hop dance, and there was also stone carving and working in the costume department of the state theatre.

Danny Cleary is from The Meadows and is studying the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. He completed his work placement with a graffiti artist at Team Combo, a community centre for graffiti art and hip-hop dance and music.

Team Combo was set up 10 years ago by graffiti artist and ‘social artist worker’ Buddy ‘Baske’. The centre is for local young people to use as a place to express their creativity in spray painting and graffiti, to develop hip-hop dancing skills and express their musical creativity. The centre has a dance studio, music studio and space for live graffiti art projects. Over the three days Danny worked on a large scale wall – designing and creating a scene in spray paint for a festival to celebrate Karlsruhe. Danny then worked with Buddy and young people in the evenings.

Working with Buddy was a highlight for me. His skill, knowledge and passion was inspiring. I learned a lot while having fun. I also had the opportunity to work with kids too which I enjoyed. It reinforced my desire to work in a teaching/workshop capacity with young people.

Danny, student on the trip to Karlsruhe

Danny is progressing to the Foundation Degree in Visual Arts at Central in September.

Carys Spilsbury from Mapperley is coming towards the end of her Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Fashion, Textiles and Decorative arts.

She had a work placement at Karlsruhe State Theatre within the vast costume department. This is a huge organisation with dozens of in-house productions every season and an array of costumes in the theatre buildings. Carys worked alongside a designer and maker in the millinery (hat) section, creating her own headdress out of felt.

I learnt a new skill in the millinery department and found this really fun and productive. I was also involved in meetings at the theatre which gave me a good insight into the inner workings of a professional creative business. Working and learning with people from different backgrounds and cultures has helped prepare me for university. I also loved exploring the city with a new bunch of people!

Carys, student on the trip to Karlsruhe

Carys is progressing to study Decorative Arts at Nottingham Trent University. 

The trip was part of Central’s annual Creative Enterprise Scholarship, funded through Erasmus+. 

For information about courses in art, design and photography at Central call 0115 914 6414.