The annual Sixth Form College Association’s exhibition this year asked students to respond to the theme of ‘Fake News’; a somewhat ‘gritty’ and some would say controversial topic!

Our Visual Arts students have once again risen to the challenge and created a vast array of work, in paint, photography, digital and 3D media, to name just a few. Over 50 students submitted work, which then left the art staff with the unenviable task of picking out the FIVE winning entries which would be entered for the SFCA exhibition. The exhibition showcases students’ creative interpretation of the Fake News theme, and their reflections on how hard it can be to distinguish fact from fiction. The exhibition runs from 1st to 22nd July 2021. The exhibition is being co-ordinated by the Sixth Form Colleges Association and all pictures can be viewed on the SFCA gallery website here.

You can view all of the fabulous entries by following our Runshaw Visual Arts Instagram.

Congratulations to our students Christine Moore, Kayley Simpson, Rob Shaw, Max Kenny, Susie Sergison and Zoe Webster-Morris, their creative and thought provoking work has been selected for this exhibition.

Christine Moore’s work, our Year 1 A Level Fine Art student, has also been featured in a BBC News article with her fake news entry.

Bill Watkin, Chief Executive of the Sixth Form Colleges Association, said, “The Fake News exhibition is a celebration of the arts and a recognition of the excellence in sixth form colleges, which are a vital supply pipeline of talented artists. But it also highlights how young people feel about having to navigate the vast amount of news and information that is available in the modern world, and at the same time, to discern what is the truth. Art has always played an important role in social and political commentary, and the students featured in Fake News have shown they have the talent to communicate their feelings about this important subject in a powerful and effective way”.

Fake News, the SFCA National Art Exhibition 2021 can be viewed here.