Collaborating with industry on student led projects is part of life at Alton College. Art students have formed an exchange partnership with Danish students from Naerum Gymnasium College (10km north of Copenhagen) which started last year whilst working on a creative brief with the Tate galleries and the Red Cross. Alton College was the first to receive students and saw 24 placed in homestays, where families enthusiastically welcomed their Danish guests, showing tremendous generosity in demonstrating a truly British style of hospitality. In response to this the Danes are looking forward to extending this hospitality through their own imitable style of Hygge later in the year!
On this occasion both sets of students worked for a day in collaboration with the college’s music department to create a final installation piece based around the idea of communication. This gave the students the opportunity to work closely together in exploring the theme in diverse ways including sculpture, photography, drawing and sound. In spending such a concentrated amount of time together, there was also much discussion on the difference between our educational programs and styles of learning as well as the ethos which surrounds our different cultures.
The first of what we hope to be many further exchange visits was highly successful, host families were extremely enthusiastic about their part in the process expressing how important they felt it was for their children to have the opportunity to spend time with young people from a different part of the world, speaking of how this has helped to fuel their own children’s ambitions to explore the world more for themselves.
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