Toni Davey RWA curates this exhibition of works by West Somerset Community College alumni, made in response to Hokusai’s classic Ukiyo-e woodcut The Great Wave.

During her time as a teacher at the college, Davey studied this iconic image intensively with her students and created  responses for The Boxing Day Tsunami Appeal (2004). In doing so, the image’s underlying poetry became even more poignant.

For many, the art department at West Somerset Community College was an important place. Many students have gone on to great successes in the creative industries. Today, the department is being severed due to cuts in funding to creative subjects in schools and colleges. This exhibition highlights the importance of these subjects, providing both a means of self-expression for young people and a pathway into a myriad of creative careers.

Exhibited artists: Amber Bennett (fashion designer), Hannah Bishop (art fund manager), Liz Crossman (costume and millinery designer), Jake Daley (artist), Fay Davey (designer), Leo Davey (artist), Rose Davey (artist), Jenny Davies (designer), Jonathan Davies (architect), Becky French (fashion designer), Edward Goulty (architect), Harriet Smith (artist), Hazel Barron (writer), Arron James (film maker), Jo Taphouse (designer), Lucy Large (artist), Alex Lupo (musician), Rocky Marchant (architect), Elle Moss (designer), Guy Nesfield (film technician), Dan Preston (designer), Claire Price (artist), Tom Rayner (journalist), Tom Robbins (artist and government policy advisor), Molly Rooke (artist), Max Saunders-Singer (actor), Rufus Strong (farmer engineer), Dean Thomas (fashion designer), Matt Walder (photographer), Sarah Ward (artist).

"By highlighting the journeys of West Somerset alumni, we draw attention to the lifeline that an art education offered these students; a lifeline that we believe has been unwittingly jeopardised. The exhibition includes the work of 30 young people—it could have been many more—who are successfully negotiating a path for themselves at various stages in their careers." Toni Davey, Curator


Cube Gallery, RWA


Times & Prices

Tuesdays-Saturdays - 10am to 5.30pm

Sunday - 11am to 5pm

Free Admission


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