Arts students' tree-mendous achievement

Published on 04/12/2019 by DTHACK

Blackpool School of Arts students played a starring role in the creation of an environmentally-friendly Christmas tree.

Artists and designers from a range of different disciplines were set the glitzy challenge to produce a tree made of upcycled and recycled materials.

The result was an illuminating exhibit that’s already wowed Winter Gardens visitors and has now settled for the season at the Park Road School’s gallery.

B&FC’s tutors and students worked together creating the contemporary take on the traditional Christmas tree, first recycling art easels as the base for a series of spectacular handmade decorations.

The magnificent decorations started life as photography negatives, tin cans, glass jars and paper off-cuts. The tree is topped with a spiral, the School’s brand.

Programme Leader Jules Burton led the contemporary Christmas tree project. She told the Gazette the installation gave admirers a glimpse into the sustainable approach of tutors and students to their work at the School.

"We have an emphasis on enterprise and allowing our students to make the most of what some people might consider ‘waste’ products,” said Jules.

"Sustainability is hugely important to us all, and the School produces artists and designers who have a sustainable responsibility and awareness within their practice."