STUDENTS from Queen Mary's College have visited an exhibition displaying their work at a new space dedicated to young artists.

The space was created by The Art Society Basingstoke working with South Western Railway and Reading and Basingstoke Community Rail Partnership.

Located at Basingstoke Station, the space is currently being hosted by Queen Mary’s College after previously displaying artwork from students at Basingstoke College of Technology.

Graduating QMC students visited the space to see their exhibition of Risograph prints in waiting rooms 1 and 4 on June 29.

The displayed work comes from all of the creative courses offered by the college.

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This includes fine art, photography, graphics communication, textiles and art, and craft and design.

The teams behind the project hope that the artwork will enhance the travelling experience of passengers, as well as celebrate the achievements of local young people.

Gill Waller, chairman of the ASB, said that she was delighted to have developed a project to engage young people.

She said: “The Arts Society leads a global network of local community groups which bring people together through a shared curiosity for the arts.

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“In Basingstoke, we play our part in contributing to and preserving our artistic heritage through volunteering and grants.

“We have invested particularly in supporting arts projects that involve young people; after all, they are our future.”

Students from QMC were equally thrilled to have been involved with the project.

Student Emily Bricknell said: “It was amazing seeing my work displayed.

“It has made me more confident in my work and abilities.”

Fellow student Sadie Juby said: “It was really surreal to see my work on display, but super rewarding!”

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Lucy Lomax, community rail officer at Reading and Basingstoke CRP, said: “We’re so pleased to have worked with the Arts Society and local schools on delivering this project – it has benefited so many people within the community in lots of different ways.

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“Seeing their work outside of its usual environment has given the students such a huge sense of pride – now not just their parents and teachers can see it on display, but members of the public too.

“Those travelling and commuting through Basingstoke have something new to explore and enjoy, and the artwork will really brighten up their journey.”

Schools and colleges in Basingstoke are invited to contact Gill Waller via if they would like to display their students work.

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