Art students make their mark at the GMCG Skills Competition

Art students from across Greater Manchester came together on Wednesday 20th March to participate in the Greater Manchester College Group (GMCG) Skills Competition.

With recent figures showing creative industries are worth £87.4 billion to the UK economy and employ more than 1.8 million people, the GMCG Skills Competition only accentuates why the inclusion of creative subjects in education matters so much.

Students from across the region, which included teams from Trafford College, Stockport College, The Manchester College, Hopwood Hall College, Wigan and Leigh College, Oldham College and Bury College all took part with the brief to ‘create a piece of work that will engage with 16-25 year olds on their rights to vote’.

As part of the Make Your Mark campaign, the government has been working with colleges and has identified key areas for discussion. Students took the GMCG Skills challenge in their stride and created a plethora of imaginative pieces that they believed were important to address when talking about politics that effect young people today.

Jane Andrew, Head of Studies of Creative Arts at Stockport College said: “The Art Department at our Altrincham Campus were very privileged to host the GMCG Art Competition which really highlighted the fantastic display of young creative talent we have within Greater Manchester. I would like to extend a huge congratulations to the team from Hopwood Hall College whose display was awarded with the first place position”.  

"I would also like to say a special thank you to the judges who were all on hand to offer their industry knowledge and support as well as Abacus Creative Solutions who sponsored the event”.

Check out the gallery from the event here.