Our Students

Work experience programme

Throughout the academic year, West Studios works with Chesterfield College Art and Design department to offer students opportunities in developing, running and taking part within their own exhibitions and creative events, to add to the value and purpose of the students chosen courses.

Calendar of Opportunities for 17/18 students:

30th November - 20th December : Contemporary exhibition of a collection of students work. Starting with
Open Evening on Thursday 30th November

12th and 13th May : Open Studios and opening of Young Contemporaries 2018.
Full exhibition running until 2nd June.

 Example work exhibited by The Young Contemporaries 2017, 27th May - 3rd June

Example work exhibited by The Young Contemporaries 2017, 27th May - 3rd June

Other opportunities:

Throughout the year, work experience job roles and projects are available for students to apply for set by profressional businesses and companies based in Derbyshire. For your work experience opportunities to be advertised to Chesterfield College students please contact us!

8th - 29th June 2018 : West Studios School's Competition Exhibition. Students from Years 4 - 13 are invited to submit photography, 3D and 2D pieces into the competition. All work will be exhibited in a public exhibition in West Studios, with an award ceremony taking place on Thursday 7th June. If you would like more information about this, get in touch!

June marks the beginning of Chesterfield College's Art's Festival and end of year exhibition. Tours are offered to school groups throughout the month. Get in touch to book yours.

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Start Up Studio

The West Studios ‘Start Up Studio’ was set up for Chesterfield College students looking to set up or continue on their own businesses as an alternative to attending university. Our first year, 2016-2017 brought Rosie Perrett and Bethany Cartwright into the West Studios Community. Both specialised in ceramics, made great headway in setting up their own businesses and developing further as artists within the old headmasters study. Now, both Rosie and Beth have moved over to being full tenants within the shared studios.

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Rosie, who finished her Art and Design Foundation Diploma in June 2016, creates free flowing, shell-like forms on a commission basis. She is using this year to develop her interest in ceramics and build on her skill set with the support of West Studios and her old tutors within College.

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Beth, who studied Art Foundation, creates personified collections of animals. Her focus for the year is to develop other similar collections for exhibitions and small retailers.

Watch this space for our newest Start Up Tenants: Ruth Leeson and Nina Preston!