Two Newbury College Art lecturers, Sarah Gordon and Victoria Burden have both been awarded Certificates of Excellence in the Pearson National Teaching Awards 2020.
The Pearson National Teaching Awards are an annual celebration of exceptional teachers, founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam to recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they teach. The mission of the Pearson National Teaching Awards is to celebrate and recognise excellence in education. 
Sarah and Victoria were both nominated for the 2020 Award for Further Education Lecturer of the Year. Their nominations were based on the quality of teaching, and their work with employers, ensuring professional practice is embedded in all aspects of learning.
Sarah Gordon, Art and Design Lecturer commented; “I am so proud to be recognised for the community partnerships I have built. Working with clients such as Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and West Berkshire Museum has given our students invaluable opportunities and insight into the practicalities, constraints and creative potential of producing a professional standard of work for clients. Having their work displayed in the public domain is also integral in supporting the students' progression onto a career in the creative sector.”
Victoria Burden, who teaches Graphic Design, Creative Arts and Digital Photography at Newbury College, will also be leading the development of the higher level, HNC and HND, Art and Design programmes at University Centre Newbury. She commented; “Building strong working partnerships with employers is extremely important in ensuring students get the excellent industry experience they need, to progress their careers in the creative industry. I am delighted that this valuable work has been identified and am very proud to have achieved this award.”
Iain Wolloff, Principal and Chief Executive of Newbury College, said, “It is fantastic to see Sarah and Victoria’s hard work and dedication recognised on a national scale. We are incredibly proud to have them as members of the Newbury College team.” 
To develop your creative careers or rekindle a passion for art, with guidance from our excellent art team, take a look at your art options or follow the work produced by students on Instagram @newburycollegearts.
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Inspired by a visit to the West Berkshire Museum, Foundation Diploma students studying Art & Design at Newbury College have developed a portfolio of work which has been commissioned by the Museum and transformed into an exhibition called ‘A Time and A Place’. The exhibition will be open at the Museum until 26 April 2020.

The students were delighted to have the rare opportunity to explore and handle the museum artefacts, under the expert supervision and direction of Clare Bromley, Learning & Participation Officer at West Berkshire Museum. Clare also visited the College to give the students feedback and guidance on the development of their artwork.

Clare Bromley, said “It has been wonderful to work with Newbury College staff and students on this project. The superb exhibition is a reflection of all their hard work. We hope that the exhibition will encourage new audiences to visit and in particular, the young people, their family and friends.”

The students have been preparing the displays through sampling and exploring a wide range of 2D and 3D materials, technique and processes including drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpting and Sarah Gordon, Art & Design Lecturer commented, “This opportunity has been invaluable for the students, giving them insight into the practicalities, constraints and creative potential of producing work for a client which is of a professional standard. The opportunity to display work in the public domain is integral to supporting their progression onto a career in the creative sector.”

You can visit ‘A Time and A Place’ at the West Berkshire Museum, Wednesday – Sunday between 10:00 – 16:00, until 26 April 2020, visit for more information.



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Last term, students in our art department worked with renowned art suppliers, Daler-Rowney. The students were commissioned to create work based on a theme of ‘deconstruct/reconstruct’, working with subject matters relating to tools, music and collections.

The students attended a series of workshops and explored a variety of media, techniques and processes, producing a range of artwork and samples. These were sent off to Daler-Rowney for evaluation and three students were selected for awards.

The winners were Evelyn Pritchett (Level 2 student), Maddy Hunt (Subsidiary Diploma student) and Thomas Ebsworth (Extended Diploma student). All were awarded a collection of Daler-Rowney art materials.

Course leader, Sarah Whittam, said: “The students responded very well to the brief, creating some stunning artwork. All the students were commended by the Daler-Rowney team for their hard work, commenting that it was a hard decision to select the winners.”

Daler-Rowney will select a few winning pieces to feature on their 2017 promotional catalogue and this will be confirmed soon. Click here to see more photos.

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