Students arty trip to the steel city

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International students have explored the creative side of the city, as part of a cultural exchange programme.

Twenty art and design students from Italy and Finland spent a week learning about Sheffield’s creative industries and enterprise as part of the European Union’s Erasmus+ project.

The programme, hosted at Sheffield College’s Hillsborough campus, included creative workshops with talks from international design experts, and visits to the David Mellor Gallery and Chatsworth House. As part of the Erasmus+ project, ten Sheffield College students also previously spent a week with an Italian designer and students at the Florence School of Art as well as travelling to Finland last year.

Kathi Chamberlain, head of design and visual arts, said: “This has been an amazing educational experience for our students, many of whom have not travelled beyond the city before, broadening their cultural horizons and knowledge of art and design. “Sheffield is a city of innovation, creativity and design excellence with the biggest creative industries sector outside of London. The Italian and Finnish exchange students have really enjoyed seeing the city, and surrounding area, gaining an insight into its creative strengths.”

Erasmus+ is the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport and aims to modernise education, training and youth work across Europe.

Student Robyn Webster, aged 17, who is completing a Diploma in Art and Design at Level 3, said: “It’s been fascinating meeting students from different countries. As we speak different languages, we learnt to communicate our ideas through art. The expert talks also showed us what is possible for our careers in future.”