TWO budding artists from Basingstoke’s Queen Mary’s College who were commissioned by Kew Gardens have donated their work to a community centre.

Jenna Williams and Bethany Wilson created a series of floral-related structural pieces after successfully winning a grant from the Kew Gardens growth fund.

The pair were asked to study native wild flowers and come up with designs. They used the ‘Save the bee’s campaign’ as inspiration.

The work has since been donated to Westside Community Centre in Basingstoke to be enjoyed by residents.

Laura Stark, their teacher for fine art at QMC, said: “I am so proud of both of the girls. They have worked so hard to ensure they have not only met the brief from Kew Gardens but have alongside this have kept their own individual approach to this project.

“They put all their own resources, materials and designs together and have executed the outcomes with skill and creativity.”

“I think working with external briefs is really important and gives students the chance to see how a live brief works. This is their first commissioned work as practitioners and artists. It has been an exciting project for them to work on and a great successes. It is lovely to be able to give something back to our community.’’