ACTIVATE Learning's Reading College will be showcasing the talents of their Creative Industries students with its first Virtual Creative Festival.

Visitors will be able to browse an online gallery via its website today (Thursday, July 9) from 6-9pm and throughout the summer.

A link to the gallery will be uploaded prior to the event.

The festival celebrates the achievements of Creative students studying Visual Arts and Design, Creative Media Production, Music, Performing and Production Arts courses at the Kings Road campus.

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Much of the work available for visitors to see has been created during lockdown.

The College said tutors have continued to guide them over this period using virtual group critiques to ensure students grew creatively and took risks within their work.

Emily Evans is in her second year studying Art and Design Level 3 Extended Diploma at Reading College.

Her project is based on interiors and includes a cushion, lampshade and wallpaper design.

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The theme explores the use of pattern and texture, taking inspiration from the garden to bring the outside in.

She is planning to go to Nottingham Trent University to study Textile Design.

She said: “I have enjoyed learning many new creative skills at Reading College, especially screen printing, etching and laser cutting which were all new to me.

“I now have the skills to move onto the next stage of my education, setting me up for a career in the creative industry.”

Catalina Marin, Director of Delivery at Activate Learning, said: “Congratulations to all our Creative Industries students who have produced such brilliant work.

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“Whilst our festival is slightly different this year, we wanted to showcase how learners have responded to a wide range of creative briefs.

“All have showed resilience, perseverance and ingenuity especially having to adapt their Final Major Project ideas during lockdown.

“The Final Major Project brief is a culmination of their studies, an opportunity to show off and to demonstrate what they have learnt on the programme to a wider audience than we would have possibly had before.

“We are so proud of how our students have adapted and continued to flourish under the guidance of their tutors; they are a credit to themselves and to the College.

“They say “In every work of art, the artist himself is present” so I invite you to discover their pieces and be inspired.”

Visit the online Creative Festival here.