A new mural, designed by University Centre Grimsby student Sarah Smith, has been unveiled at Grimsby School of Art, welcoming staff, learners and visitors with a unique Alice in Wonderland themed installation.
Sarah Smith, 45, is currently about to complete the second year of the BA (Hons) Creative & Interactive Design, and her design was chosen to represent the School by Associate Principal for Creative & Digital Industries, Emma Forrest-Leigh. Sarah explained how her ideas have now become a reality:
“Emma gave us brief to design an installation that would incorporate the logos of the different areas in the Grimsby School of Art, with Emma choosing her favourite design. Myself and fellow student, Emma Rodger, got together and did some mind-mapping around Alice in Wonderland and I then drew the design on Illustrator. Another student, Joseph Mcgovern then came up with the wording ‘Welcome to Creative Land’, I can’t take all the credit because it’s all about collaboration.”
“I’ve lacked confidence for so long that I was giddy when it was chosen and waiting to see it go up. It’s really exciting and I was here when they were putting it up, it was like unwrapping a Christmas present. I can now say I’m a Designer. I decided to come and study at University Centre Grimsby because I have Fibromyalgia and I wanted to change my career path. It’s just been brilliant.”
Emma explained why she chose Sarah’s illustration: “We’ve tried to theme the whole of Grimsby School of Art in a quirky way and people call me the Queen of Arts and I thought the image was a really nice play on those words. The design also matched the toadstools that are currently in the Reception area. The design also has our new branding on. It’s key message is about how you come into this building and we will train you for a career; everything just seemed to come together in one design.”