During Block 3 our HND Illustration students take part in a Client Initiated Brief, over the years they have undertaken all sorts of projects with design agencies and professional organisations all over the city. Due to their lecturer, Amy Whiten’s practice outside of CoGC running Recoat, the projects have leaned towards mural creation in the past 2 years.

Last year Sandra Gunn commissioned the entire class to create a series of Mural designs for the stairwell at the new Riverside Campus. The students could explore various themes while trying to express elements that celebrated the two departments of Nautical Studies and Engineering housed at the campus; Hidden Glasgow, Pathways, Further Education, Transitions, Rhythm, Passion, and Exchange. Five students won the opportunity to paint their designs and the class worked in small teams to paint the murals. The winners were:

Rebecca Cochrane– Two swallows made up of triangles that represent the new opportunities of Education as they herald Spring, the motifs are a small cheeky nod to the old tattoos of sailors and the triangles represent strength, stronger together as building blocks, just like the college and its staff and students.

Chris Friedlein– An abstracted, graphic representation that elevates one of the stairwells in the new campus while eluding to the nature of education and it’s transformative nature.

Katie Murray– 4 ‘waiting’ students with masks or the heads of animals, this piece represenst the journey that students take within education before they leap off into the ‘real world’ and explores the idea that we all have different characteristics and attributes that make us valuable.

Kelly Duncan- Two jellyfish float and touch. This simple, expressive piece is about teamwork and collaboration.

Shane Goldie– A repeating wave of alternating colour flows up the wall. The mural represents the rhythm of the college and education, while eluding to both faculties and depicts the movement of waves; are they brain patterns, sound or something else?

The murals have been welcomed at the new campus and there is hope that further projects will see murals decorating various areas within both new campuses.

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