Bury College Art students have been working on a project to commemorate the Warth Mills Project, an initiative which focuses on the thousands of lives that were taken during World War II.

40 students from across the UAL Level 3 Year 1 National Diploma, Art and Design, Games Design and Interactive Media courses took part in the live brief. The artwork that they produced will be showed at Mill Gate Shopping Centre and The Met between the 18th and 24th June 2018, as part of Refugee Week.

These artworks will help to tell the story of the little-known history of Warth Mill WWII internment camp, which locked away Italian and German men and many significant artists including Kurt Schwitters and Paul Hammann.

Former Bury Church of England High School pupil and current UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Graphic Design and Interactive Media student Jasmine Watson said of the project, “I really enjoyed working on the live brief. It was good experience to work on a hands-on project and learn something new about the history of Bury.”

The project, which is led by Unity House, based at The Met in Bury, was a great opportunity for students to gain research skills and produce a finished piece of artwork to a live brief.

Richard Shaw, from Unity House, said: “The internment of Italians and German Jewish refugees has never really been explored and few people know about the full history of Warth Mills. We are delighted that Bury College is helping to pay tribute to the hundreds of men who never made it home to their families.”

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