Creative students exhibit work and perform at historic Cromford Mill

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Visual Arts students exhibited their work in a free exhibition at Sir Richard Arkwright’s Mill in Cromford recently.

Around 120 students visited the historic site in recent months and have been inspired to create art work based on their observations and experiences, and what they have learned about the historic importance of the area. The range of work included fine and applied arts as well as photography, visual communications and fashion.

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Cromford mills education officer Michael Ledger said: “This is a tremendous opportunity for young people to interpret the story of Cromford Mills in their own way and we are very excited to see what they have produced.” 

Performing Arts students also performed to local school children with a piece of work that depicted what life was like for the workers at Cromford Mill over one hundred years ago.

Julie Richards, Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Chesterfield College Group said;

“It is wonderful to see the culmination of this project which has seen students from fashion, art, performing arts and digital technologies courses work with Cromford Mills to bring history to life at the same time as gaining vital work experience. I’d like to congratulate all students and staff involved who have made the exhibition and live performances such a success.

Projects like this are vital to enhance learning away from the classroom and the provide a perfect opportunity to showcase the students’ skills to employers and the wider community.

Staff at college work very hard to build relationships with many organisations across our community to make these opportunities happen because they know they make a huge difference to our students. It is also thanks to the foresight and enthusiasm of the education team at Cromford Mills that so many of our students have been able to take part in this rewarding project.”

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