HND Fine Art student Erin encourages others to read with artwork at Knutsford Library

The inspirational work of talented art student Erin Hague has gone on display at Knutsford Library as part of her site-specific project aimed at embracing reading.

Erin, a HND Fine Art student at Warrington & Vale Royal College’s Hartford Campus, has received rave reviews for her ‘Pop Reading’ project, which was created especially for the library’s young adult section.

The former St Nicholas RC High School pupil – who completed her level 3 art qualification at the college before enrolling on the HND in 2016 – said she feels proud to see her artwork on display at the library.

Erin, who has exhibited at various locations across her hometown of Knutsford, added: “As part of our site-specific project, we had to create a piece of artwork that was just that, specific to the location it was to be displayed in. Our tutors Ben and Chris suggested we look at external venues and I absolutely love reading so thought of Knutsford Library as it is quite a public place too.

“I wanted to raise awareness of reading, particularly within my community, so I approached the library to see if they would be interested – they were looking for some work to display in their youth zone so it seemed like a perfect fit.”

The three spray-painted canvases, which will stay on display at the library indefinitely, show three different people engrossed in the written word.

Erin added: “I used bold, striking colours that catch the eye and draw attention, with the geometric background subtly referring to the way that reading takes the reader into another world.”

Ben Brady, Curriculum Manager for Art, Design, Fashion & Textiles at the college, said: “It is fantastic to see Erin’s work on display at Knutsford Library and to see her project come to fruition. Erin is a really talented artist.

Erin Hague artwork

She works incredibly hard in all of her studies and is consistently achieving the highest grades, which is evidenced in this particular artwork. The incorporation of her passion for reading has led to a piece that will really inspire the younger generation to get into reading.”

Erin’s work has also attracted the attention of the college’s Director for English, Elizabeth Draper. It is hoped Erin’s work will play a significant part in promoting and supporting the college’s reading campaign.

Elizabeth said: “Reading is under threat and we witness this with our young people on a daily basis. But, as we know, reading makes us word rich, gives knowledge and brings happiness. At Warrington & Vale Royal College, the reading campaign is part of our English strategy and builds on our impressive success in English over the past two years.

“We have seen a dramatic improvement in the achievement of our students in English, received the Gold Award from the Reading Agency due to our successful completion of the Reading Ahead scheme by our students and our Accelerated Reading scheme is going from strength to strength. We also have pop-up storytelling and ‘Reading Elevenses’ – where we invite speakers in to talk to our students about why and how reading matters to them.

“Warrington & Vale Royal College are also really appreciative of the sponsors of our reading campaign this year: Warrington Worldwide.

“Erin’s artwork and passion for literacy is an inspiration and is great for raising awareness of reading across the college. To see one of our own students actively promoting reading is fantastic and something Erin should be very proud of – we just love her work!”

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