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Southwark College's Supported Learning students in the Community Enterprise and Engagement Programme recently organised a remarkable art exhibition. This exhibition was not just a showcase of their talent but a heartfelt tribute to their late peer, Mark Cotter, demonstrating their deep respect and admiration for him.

The exhibition featured a diverse collection of art pieces, each one a testament to the students' creativity and unique perspectives. From intricately crafted cyanotype cards adorned with leaves and flowers from the College's rooftop garden to stunning depictions of Asim Waqif's bamboo sculpture, watercolour paintings inspired by Turner's iconic landscapes, and captivating Doodle Art inspired by Frankie Curtis' works, each artwork was a masterpiece.

As part of the programme, the students explored the Cyanotype technique to create unique and vibrant artworks. The process involves placing objects onto light-sensitive paper and exposing them to sunlight, resulting in beautiful blueprints. Notably, the proceeds from the sale of the cyanotype cards will be donated to the World Wildlife Fund. This cause held significant importance to Mark.

During their course, the students also had the opportunity to meet professional doodle artist Frank Curtis. Inspired by this encounter, they created Doodle art pieces that highlighted their newfound skills and imagination. The doodles were vibrant and expressive, reflecting the students' individuality and creativity. 

Additionally, they embarked on the Beehive Project, using recycled paper boxes to create innovative artwork and raise awareness of the importance of recycling for the environment.

Overall, this exhibition was a testament to the dedication and empowerment of these students. Through their diverse projects, they showed their artistic abilities, raised awareness about important social and environmental issues and built on their confidence.

Scott Peasey, Vice Principal at Southwark College, said: "We're very proud of our Supported Learning students. It was truly inspiring to see so many impressive art pieces on display at our campus and to hear how the course positively impacted the lives of nonverbal autistic people and other adults with special educational needs. 

"This exhibition highlighted the transformative impact that the course has had on our students' lives, and it's a true testament to Southwark College's commitment to inclusivity and empowering individuals with special educational needs."

By creating an inclusive and supportive environment, Southwark College has provided a space for individuals with special educational needs to explore their creativity, develop new skills, and experience personal growth. 

To learn more about our Supported Learning courses, please visit southwark.ac.uk/supportedlearning.

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