Level 2 and 3 Art & Design students have been working on a project with Jacobs, a global civil engineering firm. Students were briefed earlier this year to produce work that would brighten staff areas at the firm’s Stockton offices with a focus on mental health and famous local landmarks.
As part of the project, Jacobs donated several canvases and materials to help the students produce their way and make it easily mountable.
“They’re doing some really great work, I’m so impressed by it all,” said Bethany Watt, a bridge engineer with Jacobs.
“We gave them a brief around mental health because it is something which is very important to our company culture of caring. It’s a nice project because we get to brighten our offices up, but we also get to engage with our community.”
Some of the artwork currently in progress not only looks at mental health issues such as depression and body dysmorphia but local landmarks and things that the students are simply just passionate about.
“I love working with companies, I think our work needs to be employability drive,” says Art & Design lecturer Liz Dixon.
“It’s so important for our students to be able to work to briefs and deadlines because that’s what they will be doing when they enter the industry.
“More importantly, though, it shows not only the client what they can do, but it shows themselves what they are able to achieve.”