Sterling Mills hosts FVC photography exhibition

Andrew, Emma, Ashley, John & Edgaras

Sterling Mills hosts FVC photography exhibition

Sterling Mills Shopping Village have focussed in on Forth Valley College’s photographic talent by offering students exhibition space to showcase their work.

As part of an ongoing partnership with the College’s HND Photography course, Sterling Mills has proudly turned the windows of a vacant shop unit into a gallery to present several stunning pictures taken by the students.

Working to the theme of ‘Love Local’, the images were all captured in the surrounding Hillfoots and Forth Valley area, showcasing both the students’ talent and the beauty of the environment. The exhibition - which boasts 10 photographs from seven student photographers will run for six weeks until 10 March and shoppers are encouraged to stop to view the images.

Ashley Bisland, Centre Manager at Sterling Mills Outlet Shopping Village, said:

“Sterling Mills are delighted to be working in partnership with Forth Valley College. Our window gallery ‘Love Local’ showcases the talent of the photography students.

"We are proud to help develop local talent, and are delighted that the images are on display at Sterling Mills. It’s created a great focal point for our visitors.”

Students Jade Scott from Fishcross, Emma Allison from Brightons, Falkirk, Edgaras Borotinskas from Bo’ness, Andrew Sherriff from Bainsford Falkirk, Lindsay Forsyth from Dunfermline, John Cusick from Falkirk and Fiona Read from Sauchie, were all at Sterling Mills on Thursday 4 February for an informal launch of their exhibition.

Andrew, said: “I am really pleased to be exhibiting my work here at Sterling Mills. It is a great opportunity and good experience for me.”

Edgaras, said: “This is my first exhibition of images and it really is a pleasure to see your work where other people can see it too.”

Jade, said: “I am so happy to see my work at the exhibition. I am very proud to have my pics here.”

Emma, said: “This is a great place for us to start and it is great to have our work exhibited outwith the college.”

Lyndsay, said: “I am happy to get my pictures – some of my best work - up where the public can see them.”

Fiona, said: “It is great to have one of my pics chosen for the exhibition. I saw this shopping outlet being built as I live nearby, so it is a really nice feeling.”

John, said: “The exhibition is a great opportunity for us all. It is great to be a part of ans how through our work what this part of Scotland is like.”

Steph Toms, Acting Head of FVC’s Creative Industries Department based at the Stirling Campus, said:

“We can’t thank Sterling Mills enough for allowing our students to exhibit their work. It is the perfect location for the exhibition as many of the pictures were taken in the surrounding area and it is an easy place for art lovers from across Clackmannanshire, Stirlingshire and beyond to visit and savour these tremendous photos.

“Our photography students are building up an excellent reputation for producing quality work and more and more people in the Creative Industries sector are talking about the HND Photography course at Forth Valley College. However it is not surprising to our lecturers who see the high standards of their work on a day to day basis.

“This exhibition gives the general public a chance to have a look at what the next generation of professional photographers are able to produce and the results are fantastic. We certainly hope to build on this relationship we are developing with Sterling Mills to see if this can be a regular exhibition in the years to come. We also hope the exhibition will inspire more budding photographers to consider applying to our HND Photography course.”

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