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Sherwood Forest linked to Black Forest?

Creative Scholarship LaunchArt, Design and Photography students at Central College Nottingham are competing for places on a project that will see them travel to Nottingham’s twin city in Germany, Karlsruhe, to experience working in the city’s creative industries. The theme for the project is linking the Black Forest, which is near to Karlsruhe, with Sherwood Forest. Throughout the project Central students will collaborate online with students from Carl Hofer Schule in Karlsruhe, as well as taking part in workshops with the artists in residence at Nottingham Contemporary.

Fifteen students will be selected for the College’s annual Creative Enterprise Scholarship, which includes a two-week trip to Karlsruhe in May 2016, where they will experience working in a variety of creative settings. Students will also spend time at Central’s German partner college, the Carl Hofer Schule and visit the historic Black Forest.

The project is funded through Erasmus+, and was launched at Nottingham Contemporary earlier this month. Students then had time to submit their entries, which are now being judged by a panel of College staff. Former students took part in a Q&A session with this year’s hopefuls at the launch event.

Kathy McArdle, Chief Executive of the Creative Quarter in Nottingham joined the students at the launch. She gave a talk about the thriving Creative Quarter in Nottingham and the cultural aspects of a trip to Karlsruhe.

Central’s Curriculum Manager – Art and Design, Mandi Chandler, is leading the project. She said:

“We have forged fantastic links with Carl Hofer Schule and the city council in Karlsruhe, and over the last three years we’ve been able to take 34 students to make the most of this opportunity. Spending time in a real creative work environment in Germany can influence a student’s own work and boost their portfolio and CV for the future.

“We’re pleased to be working with Nottingham Contemporary gallery this year, as the students will benefit from a range of artists from different disciplines sharing their own experience and skills.”

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.

Jade Cotton completed her BTEC Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Textiles) at Central this year. She took part in the 2015 trip and said:

“The trip to Karlsruhe is great – you get to really explore the city and there is so much to see. I also saw a totally different way of learning at the school which was interesting. I’d highly recommend the trip!”