Video: Leeds City College students serve up a taste of future art

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A TASTY art exhibition displaying everything from edible dresses to tattooed pig skin has opened.

Work by Level 2 students at Leeds City College can be seen at the first end-of-year show on the 14th floor at West Riding House on Albion Street.

Student Michaela Tatler, 26, with her work called 'Natural Senses'.

Student Michaela Tatler, 26, with her work called 'Natural Senses'.

Rachel Harding, 20, has designed a dress made out of more than 2,000 sweets. She said: “The inspiration came from the book Hansel and Gretel.

“It took three months to make because I had to stick the sweets on one at a time. I must have spent almost £100 on sweets and I’ve also made some shoes. The next step will be accessories.”

She added: “People should be creative with fashion instead of just having a blank canvas.”

Emma Collinson, 22, attacked her canvases with a knife and filmed the process.

She said: “It’s about facial disfigurement and I’m quite protective over my paintings so it’s a way of making me have less control over it but still having something beautiful left at the end.”

Natalie Hobson, 18, a fine art student, has made an entire room by hand, including a chair, footstool and wallpaper.

She said: “I was inspired by the birds at Lotherton Hall. I’m really happy now that it has all finally come together.”

Michaela Tatler, 26, has a display made from ceramic and glass. She said: “I was inspired to focus on the five senses because I want to work with people with special needs in the future.

“I hope people take from it that art is not all about the visual – there’s more to it than that.”

Vacuum-packed and tattooed pig skin is also on show as part of Sally Clarkson’s project, which reflects how some people commit to visual designs for their entire lives.

Three small cinemas will show media students’ films and games designed by students can be played in the computer area.

Curriculum area manager of art and photography Kevin O’Hare said: “There’s everything you’d expect from an exhibition and more.

“The space is incredible too, with views across Leeds from the 14th floor.”

The exhibition runs from today until Saturday, June 18. Opening times are 10am to 4pm on Thursday and Friday and 11am to 3pm on Saturday.

Entry is free.

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