This year there is a special competition for colleges, with the theme Flights of Fancy. This links in with Tatton Park’s Art Biennial theme. The colleges were given a space of 2m x 2.5m to work within.
The award for best exhibit was given to Askham Bryan College, for their stunning design ‘The Sun’. They also achieved a Silver-Gilt medal. Their designs featured a frame of copper pipes holding perspex rings and rings covered in coloured wool.
Hundreds of test tubes held flower in shades of red, oranges and yellows including phalaenopis orchids, gloriosa, calla lilies, oncidium orchids, craspedia, and echivaria. Strands of threaded hypericum berries hung around the design.
Bishop Burton College gained a Bronze Grenfell medal for their design, ‘The Flight of Amy Johnson’. They used flowers to represent places that Amy travelled to on her pioneering flights in the 1930s, including England, Australia and India. They used orchids, scabious, celosia, calla lilies, agapanthus, echinops, alliums, anthuriums, cinnamon sticks and aloe vera plants.
Water meadows and flights of floral ‘birds’ were the inspiration behind East Surrey College’s design, they were awarded a Silver Grenfell medal. They used frames woven with textiles and test tubes to hold materials in place. Their design featured strelitzia, longiflorum lilies, anthuriums, roses, chrysanthemums, snake grass and gerberas.