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5th May 2017

A special exhibition of artwork created by Hull College students commissioned by a leading Hull Accountancy firm has been officially opened in celebration of Hull’s year as the UK City of Culture.

On May 4, independent accountants Smailes Goldie welcomed guests to their offices in Regents Court, Hull to view “Faces from the City”, an exhibition of portraits by Professional Practice student, Julie Gould.

The exhibition was officially opened by Rosie Millard, Chair of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, who also features as one of Julie’s subjects in the exhibition.

The college was approached by Smailes Goldie to produce a series of portraits of notable Hull people to be installed as a public display taking pride of place in their boardroom.

The portraits chosen for “Faces from the City” were painted by Hull College student Julie Gould and include famous faces such as Tom Courtenay, Lucy Beaumont and Rosie Millard.

Artwork by a further selection of Hull College students is also on display in the company’s reception for visitors to appreciate.

Julie Gould said, “I took on the project in early 2016 and began researching. I was astonished by the calibre of successful and highly achieving individuals who have their roots in Hull. I decided to concentrate on people broadly from the cultural sector.

“This work intends to highlight the achievements and possibilities for ambitious individuals within the creative industries, and to help foster a culture of aspiration and success.

“I intended to highlight people who are not necessarily recognised outside of their fields of interest despite achieving success in those spheres. However, when I was given the chance to paint Tom Courtenay, I couldn’t resist and had to review my objective."

The project is part of a larger pledge by the Smailes Goldie Group which will see them work closely with the college and the students for many years to come, as part of their commitment to legacy projects arising from this, and the three years in which Hull will retain the City of Culture title before passing it on to the next successful location.

Marguerite Mackley, Head of the Hull College School of Creative Arts said, “This project has really been an exciting process for the students from start to finish and an excellent opportunity for them to showcase their talents. It is also one of the many impressive and creative ways we have been able to contribute towards the celebration of Hull’s year as the UK City of Culture.”

“To be chosen to provide these pieces of art is also a great indication of the high standard of work produced here at Hull College and something we and our students are incredibly proud of.”

“Our students have been working incredibly hard on their pieces for more than a year now and since the beginning of this project we have all been looking forward to seeing the final pieces displayed in this exhibition.”

Mark Sharpley, a Partner at Smailes Goldie Group, said: “We were delighted to be able to welcome Rosie Millard to open the exhibition, which showcases some excellent work by the mature students at Hull College.

“The exhibition is now on display every day for staff, as well as clients visiting our offices, to see and we will soon be launching an exciting series of events to give as many people as possible the chance to see these first-rate works of art.

Chris Wiles, Hull College Art & Design Lecturer said, “Projects such as these are incredibly useful to students, as not only do they provide them with a platform to display their work, they also demonstrate how their artwork can be utilised as a commercial enterprise and help to develop a successful career as an artist.”