Boathouse setting for College of West Anglia art student's chair which hits new heights

IT S a chair but not just any old chair. And whatever you do, don t try and sit on it. Because this is a work of art created by Heather Adamson, an 18-year-old student at the College of West Anglia. It now stands on permanent display in the foyer of the B

IT'S a chair but not just any old chair. And whatever you do, don't try and sit on it.

Because this is a work of art created by Heather Adamson, an 18-year-old student at the College of West Anglia.

It now stands on permanent display in the foyer of the Boathouse, Fenland District Council's business centre in Wisbech, where it first went on show last year.

Heather is currently in the second year of her National Diploma in Art and Design at the college. She is hoping to go on to university to study Fine Art Illustration.


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The initial inspiration for her piece was a dress featured in the work of the artist/photographer Chris Anthony.

Heather's interpretation features a combination of ideas from a caged petticoat at the base to a city skyline across the top.

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Sian Thomas, the course director at the College of West Anglia, said: "The brief for the students was to design a chair or some form of seating, based on the work of a particular artist or art movement. Heather interpreted that in a really exciting and original way, creating a very ambitious, large-scale artwork."

Heather said: "We were originally told just to create a model of something but I thought this would work bigger. I wanted to do something I hadn't done before."

The chair was included in "Form and Image 2", a showcase of work by COWA students that was displayed in the Boathouse last October.

Councillor Mac Cotterell, Fenland District Council's portfolio holder responsible for special projects, said: "Heather's eye-catching piece fits in perfectly with the contemporary architecture of the building. It really grabs your attention when you come in and has become quite a talking point for visitors."

The exhibition was one of a number of recent community events held at the Boathouse.

There is space available in the gallery free of charge to community (not for profit) and charitable groups. Women in Rural Enterprise (WIRE) hold regular meetings there on the last Friday of every month.

For more details, call the Boathouse on 01945 586700.

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