31 May 2016

Northampton College art students based at Daventry have helped create imaginative artwork for the Daventry Arts Festival in June in tandem with local community groups.

The art session was organised by the Daventry District and South Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership as part of its Street Art Project. The Street Art Project aims to provide positive activities for young people to encourage pride and ownership of the local area.

Daventy’s association with ‘the Danetre’ grew from a tradition that Danish settlers planted an oak tree on the summit of Borough Hill to mark the centre of England. This part of the town's history is reflected in the town's seal of a Viking/Saxon axe man and an oak tree.

The artwork shows the tree spilt into four sections, each representing a season of the year. Northampton College students designed and produced the panels representing winter and spring.

The college welcomed guest artists from the Daventry Housing Youth Board and the Daventry District Forum who created the summer and autumn panels. The artwork is due to be displayed in the town centre next month as part of the Daventry Arts Festival.

Becky Mabey, Art Tutor at Northampton College said:

“Our art students have produced two beautiful panels for this project. They have also helped the other groups produce their work. We were delighted to host the Street Art Project and we can’t wait to see the artwork displayed in Daventry town centre.”

The college’s successful art provision is due to move into brand new state of the art premises at Badby Road West in Daventry this autumn when the college takes possession of its new campus building.

Northampton College is one of the largest general further education colleges in the region with over 9,000 students and a turnover of over £28 million.