A Photography student at The Sixth Form College, Solihull has been shortlisted for an award for her artwork, which showcased diversity in society.
Claudia Pettifer (aged 17, from Yardley Wood) attended the FE Sector Diversity Awards with family and staff from the College. Organised by the National Centre for Diversity, the event was set up to celebrate ‘fairness for all’ in Further Education. Claudia was shortlisted for the Diversity Arts competition award for her Photography work, which was a montage of all the faces she sees on a regular basis.
“My image captures the physical diversity around us. These are all faces that I regularly see, but are combined. I don’t usually notice every single difference in the people that I am around but this allows me to. I find it interesting how everything is different about everyone. Living amongst such a diverse culture, I don’t often pay attention to the differences in us as they come naturally to me. All of these people differ in race, religion, and lifestyle, but they are still allowed to come together – to make a completed face. At the end of the day, we are all the same thing, but just of a different variety and there is nothing wrong with this.”
Claudia was not the only student to do artwork with a diversity theme; 17 A level Photography students completed work with a diversity theme for an internal College competition. All submissions are currently separately judged by a panel of photography experts, to determine a winner and runner up. All submissions will be exhibited as a group of work within the College once they have been judged.
In preparation, the Photography students did a research visit to the exhibition ‘East Meets West’, which is currently on at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and they had a week to respond to the live brief for the College competition. Four of the students who went on the visit have also been running an Instagram ‘take over’ for the ‘East meets West’ exhibition.
This work supports the College’s strategic priorities and our equality objectives. The College is currently working towards an Investors in Diversity Stage 2 award through the National Centre for Diversity. The College is currently ranked inside the top 25 in the country for equality and diversity, out of more than 100 organisations, as announced at the FE Sector Diversity Awards recently.
The Assistant Principal who leads on Equality & Diversity is Sonia Wood. She commented:
“Well done to Claudia and all the Photography students who took part in this competition. As a College, we pride ourselves on always giving consideration to equality and diversity, but competitions like this can really bring the issues to the forefront of students’ minds.”
24 November 2016