Shrewsbury College Art Exhibition at Attingham
This year we’re exploring how the Shropshire Adult Education College (based at Attingham from 1948 to 1976) shaped women’s lives after the Second World War with new educational opportunities. We’re proud to be working with students from Shrewsbury College who are creating vocational level artwork in response to the stories of the ‘Women of the College’ for display inside the Mansion at Attingham.
Learners from 16 years of age upwards from the college are producing work across a variety of media to help shine a spotlight on women’s history from this era at Attingham.
" Attingham has always been an important place for learning and wellbeing and the Adult Education College played an important role for women in post-war Britain. As well as seeing the artworks in place, visitors can explore stories about the staff (office and domestic), students, family members and courses offered in this co-ed college."
Working together: creating the exhibition
Learners spent two days at Attingham in November 2017 where they were immersed in the stories, building and landscape to get a sense of what the students coming to the Adult Education College, started in 1948, would have experienced at the time.
Staff and volunteers showed students the highlights of the site. They also recreated archive photographs of the first students studying and living at Attingham to aid students putting themselves in the original learner’s shoes.
Since then, groups of students have been back to visit Attingham, and the team from Attingham have been to the college to see the artwork as it has progressed.
" Our Vocational Art Courses place a great deal of importance on learners gaining as much experience of working as artists and designers as possible…This project is a very important opportunity for our learners to gain valuable experience of working with the National Trust, they are currently working hard to generate Art work designed to help the Trust to unveil another layer to the history of Attingham Park and therefore enrich the visitor experience."
Contemporary art in an historic setting
There will be some 60 students creating artwork as part of their learning. Around 30 of the most appropriate pieces have been selected for display at Attingham and tutors will begin installing works in the Mansion from Wednesday 14 March. A second installation will take place in the week before Easter, and all of the work will be on display in the Mansion from Friday 30 March until Sunday 3 June 2018.
Find out more
Find out more about the ‘Women of the College’ at Attingham in our article below.
The National Trust is shining a spotlight on the roles and stories of women across the places it cares for this year. Find out more about these stories in the Midlands
For further information on Shrewsbury College and the courses they offer please visit their website here