Date: Thursday 9 December 2010 (NR/01/10)
Students’ ‘true colours’ shine bright
CCEA’s ever-popular Art and Design exhibition returns again this year with a showcase of colour and talent.
Last night saw the launch of the annual True Colours event, where over 75 GCSE and A-level pupils, from schools across Northern Ireland, showcased their creative talents at CCEA headquarters in Belfast. From fine art and design work to innovative sculptures and animation, this event is a feast for the eyes!
Only the most creative and exciting artwork is chosen for ‘true colours’, and this year certainly did not disappoint visitors. The young artists, along with their families and teachers, and other visitors and VIPs, turned out in full force to view the inspiring exhibition.
Congratulating the students on their innovative art and design pieces, Gavin Boyd, Acting Chief Executive, CCEA, commented:
I continue to be impressed by the variety and quality of the work on show at ‘true colours’. Art and Design continues to be a popular subject in both GCSE and GCE throughout Northern Ireland. It is truly inspiring to know that we have such a strong tradition of artistic talent here. My congratulations to all of the students and teachers involved. I wish all our aspiring artists the very best in their future studies and careers.
Guest speaker Julian Friers, President of the Royal Ulster Academy of Arts, commented:
I have heard such good things about the ‘true colours’ event over the years and so it is a pleasure for me to see at first hand the talented work of so many young people in Northern Ireland. The creative diversity on display is awe-inspiring. This evening I have seen everything from a ‘skyscraper’ dress to fantastic digital portraits. I look forward to hearing about how many of these students progress in the field of art and design.
The exhibition runs from Wednesday 8 December to Friday 17 December, and then again from Tuesday 4 January to Tuesday 18 January, at CCEA Headquarters in Belfast.
A separate exhibition will follow in South West College, Omagh from Monday 24 January to Friday 4 February 2010.
‘true colours’ 2010/11 venues and dates
CCEA, Clarendon Dock, Belfast
Wednesday 8 December 2010 to Friday 17 December 2010
Tuesday 4 January to Tuesday 18 January 2011
Opening times: Mon – Fri, 9.30am - 5pm
South West College, Omagh
Monday 24 January to Friday 4 February 2011
Opening times: Mon – Fri, 9.30am – 5pm
Julian Friers was born in Bangor in 1956. He is a self taught wildlife artist, having developed a keen interest in wildlife and the countryside from a very early age. He has exhibited regularly with other international wildlife artists in America, Canada, Japan, Germany, The Netherlands and France as well as in the UK. He has had solo exhibitions in Ireland, Scotland, England, America and the Middle East. He has completed work for a number of different conservation bodies including RSPB, IWC, WWF, IFCDW. In 1998 he was commissioned to create thirty-two paintings to celebrate the conservation efforts of the Saudi Arabian Royal Family.
In 2008 he was elevated to become an Academician in the Royal Ulster Academy of Arts where he is the President. His work is represented in Royal collections in Morocco, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, also in LYWAM, WWT Castle Espie and numerous private collections.
Media enquiries to Ruth Maguire on (028) 9026 1216, Mobile 07796947993. E mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Note to Editors
CCEA is the Northern Ireland Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment.
CCEA places learners and those who have a concern for their educational and personal development at the forefront of its thinking. CCEA's mission is:
"To enable the full potential of all learners to be achieved and recognised"
What we do
CCEA is a unique educational body in the UK , bringing together the three areas of curriculum, examinations and assessment.
Advising Government – on what should be taught in Northern Ireland ’s schools and colleges.
Monitoring Standards – ensuring that the qualifications and examinations offered by awarding bodies in Northern Ireland are of an appropriate quality and standard.
– as Northern Ireland’s leading awarding body we offer a diverse range of qualifications, such as GCSEs, including the new GCSE Double Award specifications in vocational subjects, GCE A and AS levels, Entry Level Qualifications, and Graded Objectives in Modern Languages.
- CCEA also offers a range of Awards and Certificates in Education, Training and Skills (ACETS) targeted at learners who want to get
the knowledge, understanding and skills needed
to hit the ground running in the world of work.