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Students capture romance for Valentine’s Day art installation at West End show

Students capture romance for Valentine’s Day art installation at West End show

City of Westminster College Art & Design students on the Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma have created an exciting live installation in the foyer of the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue – host to hit West End show ‘Thriller’ – to represent themes of love and romance in the run up to Valentine’s Day.

With just two weeks to take the project from concept to completion, the 34 students each designed a piece of artwork around the lyrics of a well-known Michael Jackson song from the show, choosing either ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’ or ‘I Just Can’t Stop Loving You’.

Completed artwork by each student was digitally captured and is being screened on a film loop in the foyer of the Lyric Theatre, giving ‘Thriller’ audiences the opportunity to see the students’ creative ideas and consider themes behind classic love songs.

Lecturer in Visual Arts Sharon Kaur, who set up the project with her colleagues Adrian Phillips and Andy Robertson, says: “It’s been a fantastic opportunity for our students to participate in a live project to a tight deadline. We’re most grateful for the opportunity provided by Sophie Mulligan at The Flying Music Company, who approached Head of School for Visual Arts Tony Nuttall to collaborate on this project with the Lyric Theatre.

“Our students have really risen to the challenge of producing high-quality work for a public space in the West End and, as this is an assessed assignment, all their final images and supporting material count towards their final BTEC award.”

Level 3 Art & Design student Vanessa Wan, 17, from Newham, says: “Love and romance are subjects that inspire happiness and good memories for a lot of people, although it can be different if you are single. I took the line: ‘the way you turn me on’ and overlaid it onto a shining lightbulb to capture what that lyric represents. It’s been a really enjoyable project and I particularly liked the fact that we had just two weeks to create it.”

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