Artwork by Uxbridge College students took centre stage at the Old Vinyl Factory during a special exhibition.
The event, entitled ‘Capture’, was held in The Vinyl Canteen in the complex of buildings formerly owned by the music company EMI in Hayes, and opened by The Mayor and Mayoress of Hillingdon Councillor John and Diane Hensley.
The show, which including sculpture, printmaking, painting, and multi-media works, ran for three days and included a private view with refreshments kindly sponsored by Kingston Smith. Pieces by the second year Level 3 Art & Design students were sold off after the event.
David Storer, Art & Design Lecturer at Uxbridge College, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for students to see their work displayed in a public setting and to gain experience of what’s involved in planning, installing and curating an exhibition. I’d like to say a big thank you to The Vinyl Canteen and Kingston Smith for all their support in making this event possible.”
Jonathan Seymour from sponsors Kingston Smith, who are based at the Old Vinyl Factory, said: “It’s great to support Uxbridge College and the art students who exhibited a very impressive display of their talents.”
Richard Upton, Deputy CEO of U+I, said “We are delighted to be helping to showcase such talented students and are very proud of all the great work being produced and displayed at The Vinyl Canteen.”
The site off Dawley Road in Hayes is owned by U+I, a specialist regeneration and property developer. The original art deco factory buildings were designed by Wallis, Gilbert & Partners, who were also responsible for the famous Hoover Building on the A40. Thousands of people worked at the EMI site, pressing and packaging vinyl records and making everything from radio sets to bicycles. The buildings are now being used and developed as multi-purpose workspaces, homes, retail, leisure and green spaces.