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New art installed by students on the banks of the River Wensum

An ongoing art collaboration between Jarrold & Sons Ltd and Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) has seen a third student-created piece of artwork go on permanent public display in the St James Place development.

Three panels depicting a timeline history of printing and publishing

The Progression of Printing, 2012 – Louise Ward, Rebecca Wakefield and Katie Carson

Each year Jarrold challenges NUA students with a brief that celebrates the history of the area in Norwich redeveloped as St James Place, which contains over 160,00sqft of office space on the banks of the River Wensum.

The FONT Award invites teams of two to three students to design and pitch site-specific proposals to a professional panel which includes Caroline Jarrold, Community Affairs Adviser for Jarrold, and Professor John Last, Vice-Chancellor at NUA. The winning team is funded with a budget of £1,500 to create and install the work, with individual team members receiving an additional £150 prize on successful completion of the project. They are guided through the project by The St James Collection lead artist Sarah Angold.

This year’s project brief directed students to respond to the heritage of the St James’ Mill site, a grade 1 listed building. The winning design was proposed by BA Surface Design students Louise Ward from Nottingham, Katie Carson from Reading and Rebecca Wakefield from Wisbech.

‘The Progression of Printing’ is a set of three 70cm x 40cm panels depicting a timeline history of printing and publishing. The panels are made of water clear resin and are inset with objects from the internal structures of old and modern machinery, which have been set into the shapes of cogs.

The three students with representatives from Jarrold, NUA and the project's lead artist

L-R: Rebecca Wakefield; Jarrold & Sons Executive Chairman David Hill; Louise Ward; Professor John Last, Vice-Chancellor of NUA; Katie Carson; The St James Collection lead artist Sarah Angold

Rebecca Wakefield says: “The whole process was really challenging and a bit stressful at times, but we also had so much fun doing it. The people we worked with from Jarrold shared that aspect of loving the work. It’s made us all realise that our course has given us the ability to do a wide variety of things and we’ve gained more confidence about achieving something within the art world when we finish university.”

Previous FONT Award installations have been 2011’s glass pool with an etched extract from Paradise Lost (one of the first books published in the Baskerville font) and 2010’s free-standing metal sculpture of the word ‘Yes’ using Bembo (the font used in the Jarrold logo).

The FONT project installations are part of The St James Collection, a curated programme of public artworks at the centre of the St James Place redevelopment. The FONT Award is commissioned by Jarrold and supported by an investment from Arts & Business. Winning students are provided with funding and mentoring by an established artist in order to create the piece.

Caroline Jarrold says: “In the three years we have run the FONT Award we have consistently been impressed by the professionalism and creativity of the proposals put forward by the students at Norwich University of the Arts. The design by Katie, Louise and Rebecca not only proposes an inspiring response to the brief but also considers the practical challenges of the site. Through the process the team have experienced the value of real work for a real client and produced a work of art which we are all delighted with.”

Professor John Last says: “We are very appreciative of Jarrold & Sons’ ongoing support and commitment to providing a platform for displaying the work of exceptional and talented students. The whole process from researching the brief, developing an idea, delivering a proposal and coordinating the creation of an installation provides invaluable commercial experience for the students which is a vital element of the degree courses we offer at NUA.”

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