Press Release

22 September 2011

A University Centre Folkestone (UCF) student has completed an eye-catching mural across one of the centre's walls after winning a competition amongst all artists studying at the University.

Claire Johnson's mural on display at UCF
Claire Johnson's mural on display at UCF

Claire Johnson, a third year Visual Arts degree student from Dover, was crowned the winner of the competition which asked artists to create an image that celebrated the vibrant diversity of creative life at UCF, encompassing performance, visual arts and creative writing activities. 

All entries into the competition were judged by a panel including, Shepway’s former Arts Development Officer, Amanda Oates, the Campus Director, Chris Price, as well as Deborah Crofts, Information and Learning Support Officer.

Competition winner, Claire Johnson said: “I was thrilled to win the competition and actually create my vision on the wall of the UCF.  I wanted to keep the design simple and striking, something bold enough to catch attention but simple enough to be easily appreciated.

“Opportunities like this competition make a great difference to the work I can showcase in my portfolio and can help my future career as an artist.”

Claire’s initial idea was to create a 'stencil' inspired by Airfix model toy kits that captured creative life at UCF.  The concept was something that Claire had already thought about creating earlier in the year whilst studying for her degree so she was able to adapt her stencil design to fit the wall. The mural was created with spray paints and digitally enlarged stencils due to the extensive area.  A scaffolding tower was also needed to reach the highest parts of the design.

Claire was supported by other Visual Arts students, Elodie Ferrero, Dariusz Ryzak and Joe Grey, who both had experience on large-scale murals after working on Joe’s Triennial Fringe Map that has been situated on Tontine Street in Folkestone throughout the summer and the Folkestone Triennial period.


Notes to Editor

The University Centre Folkestone (UCF)

Open to full-time students in September 2007, the UCF now has a student population of over 250. The Folkestone Campus is a satellite campus of Canterbury Christ Church University. Located in the former Glassworks and adjoining Victorian warehouses, the campus is at the heart of the emerging Creative Quarter. The facilities offer students a superb environment in which to study, with modern computer labs, art studios and well-equipped dance, drama and music studios.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services. With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • In 2010 the Faculty of Education received ‘outstanding’ grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University’s primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
  • 94 % of our recent graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating (2009/10 DLHE survey).
  • Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.

Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college


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