Snap and Stroll group: Photographers share images at new exhibition


Snap and Stroll students will share images reflecting the way they see their local community at a new exhibition opening in Bath this month.

Led by Sally Collister, from In the Picture Participatory Photography CIC, the course is organised by the Adult Community Learning team at Bath College and is suported by Creativity Works.

It was created to benefit a wide range of people, including those who are in recovery from or experiencing mental health challenges.

By Irene Burchell

Students spend eight weeks exploring their town, learning how to take photographs and making a new group of friends in the process.

The new exhibition will combine photographs taken by two groups, based in Bath and Radstock, and will open at the Guildhall on August 22nd.

Students are busy choosing the final images for the exhibition and discussing how they will be displayed with university student Katie Constantine.

By Kazvan

Irene Edgell, from the Radstock area, is taking part in the course for the second time and was part of a group trip to Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park.

She said: “It’s been really good to continue on the course. The only thing is the weather, every time we’ve walked round it’s been raining!
“The first course came at the right time for me because I had lost my husband. It gave me something to do and I enjoy being part of the group.

By Sarah Ward

“I wanted to come back to learn how to put my photos on the computer. I’ve got a lot of memory cards and I wanted to learn how to organise my pictures.

“Once you do this course, you start looking at pictures with a photographer’s eye rather than snapping away. It’s interesting to see how the final photos are chosen and hung to show off out hard work.”

Sally, from the Picture Participatory Photography CIC, said: “I’m so pleased to see how much participants have progressed.
“Many have gone from having little experience using a camera or computer to taking, uploading and editing the beautiful images you’ll see in the exhibition.


“Spending afternoons exploring with camera in hand and discussing each other’s’ images has been a real pleasure and there’s been a lot of laughter.
“Many participants have noticeably increased in confidence and benefited greatly from being part of a supportive group.”

The exhibition opens at the Guildhall (from 9am to 5pm) on August 22nd and runs until September 25th. For information on the Snap and Stroll course click here.


Bath Theatre Academy: Exciting new partnership between Bath College and the Theatre Royal


Bath College is pleased to announce an exciting and ambitious new partnership with the Theatre Royal Bath.

The newly-formed Bath Theatre Academy will offer students studying on the college’s full-time Level 3 UAL performing and production arts course a unique curriculum.

It will combine a practical introductory theatre programme with real-life industry experience to give students the best start in a competitive industry.

Photo by Philip Vile

The performing and production arts course will be delivered at both the theatre and the college, and is aimed at students aged 16 and over.

Students will have weekly use of professional rehearsal studios, as well as access to the world-renowned Theatre Royal Bath and its three dedicated performance spaces.

Jon Domaille, Head of Creative Arts and Enterprise at Bath College, said: “We are incredibly excited about this innovative partnership. This venture will provide our students with a clear ‘line of sight’ into the performing arts industry.

“To have professionals from the world of performance and production feeding directly into our curriculum is invaluable and will provide our learners with vocationally relevant, exciting and memorable experiences in a professional and creative environment.”


James Moore, Course Leader and Acting Head of Creative Learning at the Theatre Royal Bath, has designed the new course to work with the theatre.

He said: “The creative curriculum empowers students to begin making choices about the theatre makers that they would like to be, drawing on their interests and allowing for student lead progression.

“Working in a professional theatre will allow students to be fully immersed within the world of theatre making, enabling a fully rounded experience of the standards and expectations of a professional theatre maker.”

The new course will offer:

• Dedicated teaching from a variety of active and leading industry professionals

• Access to the full suite of spaces and resources at Theatre Royal Bath

• Professional mentoring and career advice from industry insiders

• A clear line of progression from course to employment or further study

• A commitment to students’ routes into the industry

Mr Moore added: “The students we will work with are dedicated and committed to the performing arts industry with a passion to create innovative and exceptional new theatre, on or off stage, and this course offers an unparalleled insight into the industry.”

Places are still available on the course, and applications for the Bath Theatre Academy can be made through Bath College. Call (01225) 312191 extension number 720 or visit the course page on our website. 



Students offered full-time jobs at five-star luxury hotel and spa


Two college students, Diana Pommills and Evie Mason, have secured full-time jobs at a five-star luxury hotel and spa in the centre of Bath.

Diana and Evie, who studied at Bath College for two years, are working as spa therapists at The Gainsborough Bath Spa, owned by YTL Hotels.

The Malaysian-based company owns and manages a prestigious collection of award-wining hotels and resorts across the world.

As new employees, Diana and Evie have a bright future ahead, with the chance to learn a range of different treatments from spa manager Kabir Aliri.

Diana with spa manager Kabir 

Evie, 18, chose to study Level 2 complementary therapy at Bath College after finishing her GCSEs and continued to a Level 3 qualification.

She said: “I was looking through the college courses and I thought ‘this course looks fun’. I enjoyed it, so I worked hard because I’d found something I was passionate about.

“From June to July, you have clients coming into the college every week and I think that helped me to build my confidence. I knew I wanted to work at The Gainsborough so I arranged some work experience.

“I really like the opportunities they give us and the training, because you can always improve. I’m meeting new people and everyone is lovely.

“It’s quite amazing really because a lot of people my age don’t really know what they want to do. I’m very lucky that I know what I want to do and I’m already working in my chosen career.”

For Diana, who came to Bath College as a mature student, studying to become a spa therapist was a chance to start afresh personally and professionally.


Diana, 42, said: “I moved to a new town to make a new start in my life, and within three months of being in Bath I enrolled on a course at the college.

“It was really hard and challenging, but the college helped me in many ways. My tutor Di Rowe was amazing and made me believe I could do it.

“I benefitted from the healing process of the course. We had to practice the treatments on each other, so I gained a first-hand experience of the benefits of complementary therapy.”

The Gainsborough is part of The Bath Hotel and Restaurant School, set up by Bath College to link employers with new and emerging talent through employability talks and work experience.

Diana was keen to apply for a position at The Gainsborough after meeting Melissa Mettler, who works there as a spa consultant.

She said: “Melissa came up to the college and I was blown away. My first question was ‘how do you get to do what you do?’ I just remember thinking ‘there’s something about her and the company she works for’.

“The Gainsborough is a good place to work, they invest in your training. I would like to keep progressing and to give something back by staying in the company.”

Next year, students studying complementary therapy and spa therapy will be given a tour of The Gainsborough and the Thermae Bath Spa, followed by a buffet lunch and a talk about working for YTL.

They will take part in a new programme of mock interviews and work experience placements, with the chance to win a weekend spa break for two at The Gainsborough as part of the college’s annual competition in April.

Bath College tutor Diana Rowe said: “We’re pleased to be working with The Gainsborough to give students an insight into what it’s like to work in an award-winning five-star hotel.

“Having this relationship with The Gainsborough has successfully motivated and propelled these students into employment.

Tutor Diana Rowe with former student Oscar Marcus who started work at The Gainsborough last year

“The fact that they had the opportunity to visit The Gainsborough, hear talks and speak to staff gave them the confidence to apply for the jobs.

“Employers are looking for well-rounded therapists and that’s something we work really hard to develop. In September we will have more numbers on the spa therapy course than ever before.

“The industry is booming and Bath is known for high-end hotels. There are some amazing career opportunities and fantastic progression routes into management.”

Click here to find out about studying complementary therapy and spa therapy at Bath College. 

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