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Pop-up exhibition ‘Gap the Mind – Mind the Gap’ opens

Following the success of previous years, the pop up exhibition will be open to the public throughout the week, showcasing the work of Art & Design students from Carlisle College.

An exciting exhibition will ‘pop-up’ in The Lanes Shopping Centre, Carlisle, to showcase original works by students studying the University of the Arts London (UAL) Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at Carlisle College of the Arts.

The exhibition is being held in the former Hawkins Bazar unit and will be open to the public from Monday 29 April – Friday 3rd May 10.00am – 4.00pm with extended opening hours to 5:50pm on Thursday 2nd.
This year’s exhibition is titled “Gap the Mind –Mind the Gap” Paul Taylor, Course Lecturer for the UAL Foundation Diploma at Carlisle College, said “With ‘Gap the Mind – Mind the Gap’ we want to show the gap between the shopping space and the creative space and it also symbolises the gap from the first creative idea to the final execution. We are very excited to back in the City Centre to once again showcase great art and the hard work, dedication and overall talent of our students. We hope many people will find a gap during their shopping trip and come and see the exhibition in our pop-up gallery.

On display is a wide-ranging mix of work, including installations, photos, paintings and fashion pieces from students representing the many specialist areas which are on offer within the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design course: Fine Art, Visual Communication, Fashion, 3D Design, Photography, Graphic Design, Illustration, Textiles & Print. The course offers students top facilities, technical workshops, wide ranging projects and provides an opportunity to further explore and refine creative skills and develop a strong portfolio to go further.

Foundation student, Madeleine Wynne, is part of a committee of students who also planned and project managed the exhibition. She said, “It was stressful at times but also a fully enjoyable process, and we are all very proud of what we’ve achieved together. We can’t wait to show our work to the general public. I’ve personally created an installation based around the aspects of womanhood and motherhood, exploring the gaps between birth and death and time and space, but there is so much more to see throughout the exhibition.”

Fellow student, Will Pollock added “It’s really time that Carlisle gets to see more modern and current art and we are so proud to bring our exhibition into the heart of the city!”
Also on show are pieces that were created for this year’s Keswick Film Festival, including illustration, graphic design and photography to visually communicate the ideas of the films that were on show over the festival weekend.

The UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design is a one year course that develops and encourages self-awareness, skills, inventiveness and analysis and is perfect for those who have completed their A-Levels and want equip themselves with the skills for study at degree level. With so many degree courses in Art & Design it is more important than ever that students feel confident in their choice of direction and this course allows pre-degree students to discover and develop their strengths and make an informed choice of specialism and place of study that specifically supports their individual practice.

Students at Carlisle College of the Arts enjoy modern facilities in a £5.3m extension to Carlisle College on Strand Road, designed to meet the ever changing demands of the very diverse and fast moving art industry.
Applications for Carlisle College are now open for September 2019 start. To find out more about the courses available, or to apply, visit

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