Farmyard inspires Lydia’s Matter of Heart exhibition

SHOWCASE: Ewe got to see this: Farmyard visitors get a preview of artwork from SERC Level 3 Art and Design student, Lydia Bell from Crumlin. Lydia is hosting a virtual art exhibition, Matter of Heart to showcase her final project during the College’s Online Open Days next week.

LYDIA Bell, a final year Level 3 Art and Design student at South Eastern Regional College (SERC), is set to host an innovative and immersive virtual art exhibition ‘Matter of Heart’ to showcase her final course project at 7pm on Friday, May 29, on Lydia Bell Art Facebook page.

Lydia, 21, who was due to exhibit at Stormont before lock-down changed her plans, draws inspiration for her art from growing up around animals on

a farm in Crumlin, County Antrim. Her exhibition features a series of paintings of agricultural live-stock and captures the life and unique personality of the animals on Lydia’s family farm and neighbouring farms.

Her passion for art and design

spurred her to come to SERC

and it was through the college that Lydia gained support and assistance from SERC’s Entre-preneur Club and Entrepreneur in Residence Terry Brannigan to set up and expand her business, Lydia Bell Art.

Speaking about the virtual exhibition, Lydia said: “From an early age I have always loved drawing, but it wasn’t until I came to SERC that I developed my skill in painting and started to experiment with different styles. The pieces in ‘Matter of Heart’ are the product of months of experimentation in which I have moved away from a highly realist style to develop my own artistic voice.

“My artwork captures the life and personality of the animals. Through this virtual art exhibition, I want to give my guests the opportunity to see the animals in a new light, through the vivid use of colour and texture.

She concluded: “SERC’s Entre-

preneur Club has been a tre-mendous support. They have helped me with my business and have given me the confidence within myself to be daring with my art and have faith in my ideas.”

Aurla McLoughlin, Deputy Head

of SERC’s Enterprise and Entre-preneurship Academy, said: “Lydia is a fine example of a student who is thinking beyond college and with our support has taken her business to the next level. As well as developing her passion and skill for art, she has equipped herself with the skills to develop her business whilst she prepares to pursue a BA in Fine Art at Ulster University. Through project-based learning, our students are geared up to have the edge before they progress, from networking with people in their chosen field to setting up and future proofing their own businesses.”

n SERC is hosting a series of Online Open Days from 10am-4pm, from Wednesday, May 27, until Thursday, June 4, with dedicated teams online ready to meet those progressing to higher education, further education, apprenticeships and training pro-

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