Students take inspiration from Shropshire stately home

Art and design students from Telford College have visited one of Shropshire’s finest National Trust properties to seek inspiration for their work to feature in an end-of-year show.

The group visited Dudmaston Hall, near Bridgnorth, where they were given full access to the house and grounds to get inspiration for their own art work.

Senior house steward Alexa Buffey hosted the visit, and gave the students an insight into the hall and botanical gardens.

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“We spent a lot of time together and the students responded well,” she said. “The work I’ve seen so far looks great, and lots have chosen to focus on the gardens, which are synonymous with Dudmaston Hall.”

The students are currently working on pieces of artwork to feature in the end of year Telford College show, which will be open to the public at the Haybridge campus on June 26 from 5pm to 7pm, and July 3 from 2pm to 5pm.

Student Chloe Roberts, 18, from Leegomery, has chosen to recreate an apple blossom, one of her favourite flowers.

Chloe Roberts | Telford College
Chloe Roberts | Telford College

For Nisita Chaemsai, 17, from Muxton, it was her first visit to Dudmaston, and she said she was impressed with the art galleries. She has also chosen to feature the array of flowers in her work.

Nisita Chaemsai | Telford College
Nisita Chaemsai | Telford College

Tom Edwards, 17, from Stirchley, has recreated a 1950s dress from an original he saw on the visit, as well as taking inspiration from Dudnaston’s floral display.

Tom Edwards | Telford College
Tom Edwards | Telford College

Olivia Hitchin-Whitfield, 17, from Ketley, is using nature and conservation in her work, having been inspired by well-known artist Henry Maltese.


And Kirsty Allen is recreating a doll’s dress from an original painting she saw at Dudmaston. The 19-year-old, from Trench, said she had never worked with textiles before – but saw this as a perfect opportunity to start.

Dudmaston is home to one of the most important collections of modern art in Britain, while its gardens draw visitors from across the UK, and further afield.

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