White Gallery has first Pick
University Centre Doncaster Criminal Justice students Aniel
Singh and Mathew Winter, both 21 and from Doncaster, admire the
artwork at the new White Gallery in Old Hall, High Melton.
The White Gallery has opened its doors for the first
time to students and the public with an exhibition by local artist
The newly refurbished gallery is situated in the historic Old
Hall at University Centre Doncaster’s High Melton Campus.
The exhibition is by Madeline Pick, who graduated from the
University Centre Doncaster’s BA Fine Art & Crafts course in
2011; She is a resident of High Melton. The exhibition entitled
“The Long Way” refers to the unconventional journey she took to
becoming an artist. After pursuing a career as a Primary School
Teacher in which she worked in schools around the country she
achieved her lifelong ambition in 2007 when she enrolled on the
Adult Access Art Course at Doncaster College, aged 54.
Madeline continued her studies by enrolling on the BA Fine Art
and Crafts degree programme at University Centre Doncaster. The
course enabled her to develop her interest in ‘Place’ and the
different kinds of memories associated with them. She produced two
substantial bodies of work based on contrasting places –
Sheffield’s Park Hill Flats and Doncaster’s Brodsworth Hall.
Madeline’s most recent work explores the precarious position of
“Church View” one of Doncaster’s historically significant and
iconic buildings. A summer ‘pop-up’ studio organised by the New
Fringe and the building’s owner ‘Doncaster Central Development
Trust’ inspired a series of work based on its past history as an
Art College. Madeline’s technique combines layers of found
materials and painterly textures to depict scenes such as the
much-loved “drawing room” in which Madeline herself was taught life
‘A Long Way’ is the first exhibition to celebrate the dedication
and talent of Doncaster’s University Centre’s Alumni. Madeline’s
journey may not be the most conventional but it represents a
triumph of persistence and talent.
The gallery will showcase the creative work of University Centre
Doncaster and Doncaster College’s students and alumni as well as
the work of Lecturers and their associates. It will exhibit work
from a variety of disciplines including painting, photography,
graphic design and sculpture.
Madeline said, "The Access and Degree Courses have given me the
understanding and depth of knowledge that I need to begin my career
as an Artist."
Madeline’s exhibition runs to the 25th January next year and is
open 10am until 4pm on weekdays.
A College spokesperson said, "The White Gallery is the
culmination of three years’ work by staff at all levels throughout
the College, students, lecturers, managers and the college
executive have pulled together to create a space that will reflect
the diversity and quality of work that we create here and also
bring high level professional exhibitions for the students to learn
from and for everyone to enjoy."