6 July 2016

An ABC Awards learner from Chesterfield College has designed a striking sculpture which has taken pride of place at the college’s new campus.

The sculpture has been installed as part of the Chesterfield Borough Local Plan, which invites developers of schemes costing more than £1 million to include works of art as part of their finished product.

Designed by Hannah Carter, age 18, the sculpture is the latest piece of artwork to be installed as part of Chesterfield’s public art trail and has taken pride of place outside the college’s new construction building.

Hannah, studying the ABC Awards Level 3 Award in Graphic Design (Illustration Skills), was inspired by the role the railway has played in the town and combines this with the role education plays in shaping people’s lives.

Her design is created from stone and metal, to subtly suggest railway tracks, and shows how education can take you on different journeys in life.

Last year, Hannah won a competition when she designed the sculpture which would help to complete the new development. She was one of six finalists shortlisted from 28 students who were given a brief to create designs which incorporated some of the decorative stones from the old building to incorporate the theme of the history of Chesterfield.

Hannah said:

“It is amazing to see the finished sculpture in place. I pass it every day and it still amazes me to think that the idea I had all those months ago has turned into this piece of artwork that will be here for a lot longer than I will.

“Although we get to work with lots of materials at college, the experience of creating a permanent installation of this size is not something you usually get to do as a student.

“It could take years to be commissioned to create a piece of public art like this, so it’s really exciting to be able to do it at this point in my life. Making the sculpture come to life gave me great experience of balancing some of the technical limitations of working with metal with artistic designs, but I am really pleased with the result and I look forward to seeing it take on a life of its own as it ages.”

The ABC Awards Level 3 Award in Graphic Design (Illustration Skills) which Hannah has been studying is part of our wide-ranging suite of qualifications in Art, Design and Creative Industries.

Within the Level 3 Award in Graphic Design, we offer the flexibility for Centres to tailor toward their learners' chosen specialisms, with a wide range of pathways available including digital illustration, the principles and history of brand identity, and publication design, to name just a few.

The qualifications have all been developed with the aim to provide both specialist and transferable skills to learners who want to work in the creative industries while supporting them in developing their portfolios and their creative potential.

With a piece of public art of this size and impact to add to her portfolio, we are sure Hannah will go on to have an impressive and wide-ranging career in the creative industries.

If you would like to find out more about offering graphic design qualifications or our other art and design qualifications available from Level 1 to Level 4, please call 0115 854 1620 to speak to a member of our team or email centresupport@abcawards.co.uk.