Oldham College students to design café mural

Posted on: 02 December 2015

Oldham College Year 2 Fine Art Level 3 students have competed to design a wall mural for the new Dunwood Park Café. Students were asked to develop their own designs to pitch to a judging panel as part of the Right Opportunities initiative to regenerate the park in Shaw.

Students were tasked with creating ideas, designs and furnishings for the interior of the café. They were asked to include market research evidence, a mood board, initial ideas and a prototype. There was a particular emphasis on respect of the 6 R’s of sustainability, rethink, refuse, reduce, reuse, repair and recycle. Students worked in groups to design and make concepts, assigned job roles and responsibilities, pitch the project professionally and work out budgets. The challenge concentrated on strengthening Maths and English functional skills; a key part of Oldham College’s manifest.

Mark Rigby, Fine Art course Tutor, balanced the three groups of 4-5 students based on confidence and design intentions. He said: “Our students did an amazing job in researching and preparing their pitches. I’m very proud of them and the outstanding portfolio of work they have created.”

Pitches took place at the college on November 11 with judges Oldham Councillor, Dianne Williamson, Style and Salvage Managing Director, Emma Givvons, Lowry Engagement Officer, Jennifer Ridings and Right Opportunities Managing Director, Amanda Wright.

Winning team C.A.R.L made up of Charlotte, Amna, Ryan and Lori were chosen because of their overall view for the café. Their designs suited the interior and exterior and consideration for design went beyond the café walls and dedicated separate job roles to focus on individual talents making the most of the group potential.

The judges have decided, however, to involve elements of all designs but keep the CARL design as the main feature.

The café will be painted by the students and volunteers through Spring Half Term in February.

Right Opportunities is a non-profit organisation established by Amanda Wright. It provides work related learning opportunities for young people and the wider community, by working with employers and schools through project work and placements. They aim to support individuals and groups to gain relevant experience, give an insight in to the world of work and help develop employability skills. Amanda previously studied at Oldham College and wanted to offer college this exclusive opportunity.

The new café will provide a friendly social destination with indoor and outdoor seating areas, reasonably priced wholesome food and drink and a small office space to support local and community events. The aim of this initiative is to strengthen community engagement.

With its highly experienced teachers, professional facilities, strong industry links and the opportunity to achieve a range of relevant qualifications, Oldham College provides the ideal training ground for this industry. Students have access to an impressive range of learning resources including specialist industry standard labs, workshops and studios. Digital and Creative students benefit from brand new facilities designed to encourage collaboration and reflect the type of surroundings you would expect to see in industry.