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An exhibition piece by portrait student Valerie Pellat
An exhibition piece by portrait student Valerie Pellat

Press Release - 06 July 2006

Be inspired: students exhibit art work

Local people can take a break from work or shopping and be inspired by the art on show from students at the University of Bath’s Lifelong Learning art classes, in a gallery exhibition at Carpenter House, Broad Quay, from 9 am to 5 pm on Thursday 13 July and Friday 14 July.

Fifty students from ten of the University’s part-time art classes will exhibit their work, including portrait photography, botanical illustration, portrait and life drawing, leaded stained glass, bead work and acrylics.

Professor Ron George, external examiner for the courses and Head of the Bath School of Art and Design at Bath Spa University, will officially open the exhibition on Wednesday 12 July in a private evening viewing for students, friends and family.

Dr Philip Jones, Assistant Director of the Division for Lifelong Learning, said: “Many people involved in creative activities relish the opportunity to present their work to a wider audience. It’s a celebration of their progress and achievement and they want to show what they can do, for all sorts of reasons.

“Every individual has a different reason or need for doing a course. It might be to develop a particular skill or to satisfy a creative need; it’s life enhancing - perhaps culturally, socially or employment-wise. The need for learning is life-long as people develop and change.”

Veleka Algar is one of the students who will see the results of her Life Drawing and Drawing and Painting Skills classes go on public view: “These art classes have been great. The teacher is very helpful and has helped me find my own style.”

Fellow student Ruth Gairns said: "I have enjoyed the summer term drawing class. We've had the opportunity to do a variety of things, and had some excellent models. The atmosphere was very relaxed but also productive.”

More than 5,000 people a year take a part-time course through the University of Bath’s Lifelong Learning programme. It offers weekly term-time courses, day and weekend courses, either purely for leisure or to study for a qualification.

Details of the new programme of courses available in the Autumn term will be online later this month. For more information visit

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