Art & Design head off for a European Summer


Lindsay Davidson, an Art student at Reid Kerr spent 4 weeks on a funded Leonardo da Vinci placement in Romanian last year.  Following on from her NQ Porfolio Preparation course, Lindsay is now studying on the College’s HN Fine Art programme and has encouraged other Reid Kerr students to take up this opportunity. Lindsay says she really benefitted from her time in Romania: she learnt new skills, made new friends and really enjoyed visiting local places and seeing different cultures. She described the experience as ‘life changing’! 

Jenny Smillie, Lecturer in Art & Design said, “Joanne Wilkinson from Grampus Heritage visited Reid Kerr College in February to talk to Art and Design students at NQ and Higher National Levels about these fantastic placement opportunities available in Europe. Joanne explained the focus on traditional crafts and showed slides of five different activities across Europe from Slovakia to Cyprus. We are delighted that a total of 14 students from Art and Design have been offered placements in Europe this summer.” 

Interior Design students and Fine Art students will spend 4 weeks in Bulgaria, Cyprus, Slovakia, Ireland or Romania. The students will be undertaking training in traditional European crafts that are at risk of being lost forever.  The Ticatec (Training in Contemporary Application of Traditional European Crafts) initiative is of great importance to the sustainability of the traditional rural industries. 

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Activities will range from woodwork and constructing a traditional wooden building in Ireland to mosaic, icon painting, working with textiles and mask making in a range of rural European locations.


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