Fine and applied art students seek to raise £3,000 for degree show at one-off auction

TWO FINAL year art and design students are making the final preparations to their fund-raising auction which has been organised in conjunction with the Herbert Museum and Art Gallery.

Morgane Kertrestel, Katie Boyce and Lauren Ward Pictured In Front Of Matthew Boynton’s ‘High Rise 2009′ Pencill On Paper DrawingThe event will be conducted by Simon Bell, a graphic design tutor from Coventry University who agreed to be the auctioneer of students’ work after having been approached by 22-year-old Katie Boyce and Morgane Kertrestel.

Work on the fund-raising event commenced last October with both of the fine art students trawling Coventry city in the hope of locating a suitable venue for the public sale of the ninety lots.

After approaching Jessica Pinson from the Herbert in December – an organiser of fund-raising events – they were subsequently offered an upstairs room in the recently re-furbished building for the required 7-day period.

Morgane revealed that in liaison with the Herbert and in light of their reason for requiring it, the ‘Studio room’ has been set aside for them free-of-charge when this would normally cost other clients approximately £2,800.

In total, £5,000 needs to be raised, but since Coventry University has already donated £2,000, both students believe the remaining £3,000 can be amassed throughout the course of the evening.

Furthermore, when the degree show has taken place from Friday 29th May to Friday 5th June, 2009, the work of twenty final year students from forty four students on the fine art course will then be selected and put on display in London.

Called ‘Free Range’, it will be held on the 11-acre site of the Old Truman Brewery on Bricklane which is the home to no fewer than 200 small and highly creative businesses, ranging from fashion designers to DJs.

Free Range will be promoted on the night of the auction, with the London exhibition open to the public from Friday 3rd July to Monday 6th of July.  A one day private viewing will take place on Thursday 2nd.

This is the first time the idea of displaying work in London has come to fruition, and although it will have no bearing on their final year mark, those students selected will receive welcome levels of exposure.

And although both Katie and Morgane are hopeful they will be two of the students selected to have their work feature in London, they are equally mindful that should this fail to materialise, their efforts to date will bode them well in the future.

Katie added: “Besides organising the auction and having this experience, it has also enabled us to make new contacts, and it’s that which is perhaps of greater importance.”

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