More than 100 arts students from Weymouth College gathered to showcase their work at Weymouth’s historic sea fort for a one-night festival.

‘Layers and Traces’ took place at the Nothe Fort, showcasing work experience led by artist Simon Lee Dicker with staff and students from Weymouth College, forming the Friendly Society of Artistic Labourers (FSAL).

The FSAL project provides an opportunity for students to work with practising artists and gain hands-on experience in their chosen fields. Students contribute to all aspects of the project including exhibition planning, working with project partners, marketing, press and promotion, documentation, and evaluation.

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Seth Turner-Higgins, Head of Curriculum for the Arts at Weymouth College, said: “The Festival at the Nothe Fort provided the School of Creative Industries with an opportunity to celebrate collaborative artwork in all mediums in an exciting location. We are very grateful to the team at the Nothe who generously shared their iconic venue with us.

“Students worked closely with festival director and professional artist Simon Lee Dicker to produce work set to a commission brief, developing their understanding of how they may work in future in roles in the Creative Industry.

“The results celebrated a wide range of arts forms in areas studied across the school, featuring print, photography, film, sculpture, installation, textiles, music, dance, drama and music technology.”

The event had originally intended to start with a procession from the Pavilion car park to the Nothe Fort but this was cut short on the day due to wet and windy weather conditions. 

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However, the students still marched through the arches of the Nothe Fort carrying placards they had designed and created for the night.

The fort’s underground tunnels were filled with abstract art installations, becoming a site for artistic experimentation, and revealing ‘Layers and Traces’, new and old, etched into the fabric of the heritage site.

Short theatre and dance performances paying tribute to the site’s military history were also staged throughout the night, while back on ground level, music students entertained the crowds arriving with live music and DJ sets.