Students have designs on winning

www.gilbertjohnston.co.uk'tel 07867812537'Art students with Darren Richardson get switched-on to recycling, 19/1/11.'Students from Northumberland College switch on to new recycling challenge, with Gardiner Richardson's director, Darren Richardson (centre).
www.gilbertjohnston.co.uk'tel 07867812537'Art students with Darren Richardson get switched-on to recycling, 19/1/11.'Students from Northumberland College switch on to new recycling challenge, with Gardiner Richardson's director, Darren Richardson (centre).

ART and design students in Northumberland are embarking upon an exciting competition to give waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) a new lease of life.

The students from Northumberland College have been commissioned by the North East Improvement and Efficiency Partnership (NEIEP), on behalf of the 12 local authorities in the region, to produce visual and 3D artwork in a variety of mediums which are inspired by WEEE or incorporate WEEE components.

Redundant electrical items, such as old hair dryers, mobile phones and remote controls, have been collected and the students are deconstructing them to learn more about their components and how they can be used in their artworks.

Head of Art Patrick O’Doherty said: “The students are very excited to be involved in the campaign, as recycling is such a hot topic. It’s great that they’re able to experience working to deadlines on behalf of a real client as they would in the workplace.”

They will battle it out to win the grand prize of a Kindle provided by the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme, along with supplementary prizes provided by the NEIEP.

To launch the competition the students were invited to visit creative agency Gardiner Richardson where director Darren Richardson, who will sit on the judging panel, provided tips on how to find inspiration and meet a client’s brief.