Artists and curators from Bath College are lending their support to an award-winning contemporary arts festival due to start at the end of May.
Fringe Arts Bath (FaB) is a two week volunteer-run contemporary arts festival showcasing the work of young and emerging artists.
Those helping to organise the event include festival director Arran Hodgson, Steve Spicer and Scarlett Mosnier, who all work at Bath College.
Students studying on Bath College’s new gallery curatorship course are also in charge of an exhibition at St James’ Wine Vaults titled The Man who sold Stonehenge.
Danielle Arundel, Sal Smart and Katie Constantine enrolled on the course last year led by Katie O’Brien, project manager at 44AD Artspace.
Miss Constantine works as an apprentice at Bath College and has been offered a place to study art history at Bath Spa University in September.
She said: “The theme is storytelling and the stories that would otherwise be lost if we didn’t somehow record them.
“There’s quite a range of pieces that we will be showcasing, each with their own story. There was an unprecedented amount of video and sound pieces, so we’ve put on a special night for these on June 2.
“The most exciting part of being in FaB is being part of the community of artists and curators. It has been great to see how different people choose to operate in curator roles and the different methods everyone uses to present ideas.
“It’s a really great, positive group of people, and I’m really looking forward to the private view night and seeing everyone’s exhibitions come together.”
Nearly 10,000 visitors are expected over the course of the festival, which will bring together over 200 artists across 38 exhibitions and events.
Those taking part from Bath College include deputy head of art and design Jo Sanders, who is exhibiting, and graphic design student Christian Whiting, who is designing the FaB newspaper.
Gallery curatorship student and FaB committee member Geoff Dunlop is also planning a floating meadow featuring wildflowers at Walcot Chapel.
Miss Mosnier, who is Bath College’s student engagement officer, said: “FaB is here to give early career artists and curators a chance to exhibit. It’s an amazing experience – 17 days of free exhibitions and events taking place over unexpected and unusual spaces around the city.
“FaB was set up by artists for artists and is completely voluntary. Volunteers, artists, curators and visitors all help to make the festival what it is. If we didn’t do it, it simply wouldn’t happen. If anyone would like to volunteer they are very welcome, just get in touch. We can promise you a lot of fun.”
FaB runs from May 27th to June 12th at the same time as the Bath Fringe Festival.