Binge drinking posters to be unveiled

AN EXHIBITION of hard-hitting posters warning against binge drinking designed and created by art and design students at Great Yarmouth College will be unveiled for public view on Monday.

Photo caption (siobhan and charlie): Filmmakers Charlie Baldwin (left) and Siobhan Barrow who wrote and acted in "One Drink Too Far."

(siobhan and charlie2): Filmmakers Siobhan Barrow (front) and Charlie Baldwin who wrote and acted in "One Drink Too Far."

AN EXHIBITION of hard-hitting posters warning against binge drinking designed and created by art and design students at Great Yarmouth College will be unveiled for public view on Monday.

More than 30 posters by graphic design, photography and art students will form a travelling exhibition to be displayed across the borough to highlight the dangers of excess alcohol on the run-up to Christmas.

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The public are being invited to vote on which poster they would like to see spearhead the campaign.

That image will then be displayed at prominent sites around the borough.

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The film “One Drink Too Far', written and acted by two Great Yarmouth College media students, will also be screened at some of the events.

Charlie Baldwin and Siobhan Barrow's 12-minute film, premiered last month at James Paget University Hospital, follows four friends on a drink-soaked night out in Great Yarmouth and the perils they face and consequences suffered.

The exhibition will then move to the foyer of the James Paget University Trust, on Tuesday and other venues in Great Yarmouth.

Students at Great Yarmouth College were asked to produce posters to warn their peers of the perils of binge drinking when retired surgeon Hugh Sturzaker gave a talk on its consequences.

The aim was to choose two or three posters but judges Mr Sturkaker and John Armstrong, enterpriseGY education project director, were so impressed with the range and standard they decided to use the entries for a series of exhibitions.

The posters - which range from photographs of drunken violence to designs portraying the health and emotional results of binge drinking, including pregnancies and injury - will have their first public viewing in the Community Learning and Resource Centre at the Southtown college on Monday between 1pm and 4pm after its unveiling by college principal Robin Parkinson.

Visitors are invited on campus to view and vote for the one that best encapsulates the message.

They will also be able to meet the student artists and filmmakers and discover how a short student challenge at the Big Ideas enterprise event last year snowballed into a major public information campaign led and designed by young people.

Mr Sturzaker said: “I was most impressed by the excellent posters which have been produced. They exceeded my expectations and are a great tribute to the students and their teacher Mat Dale.

“If other schools, colleges or public places in the town would like to host the exhibition we would be pleased to make the necessary arrangements.”

Mat Dale, Sector leader for the School of Arts and Creative Technologies at Great Yarmouth College, said the strong message had been encapsulated in many different forms.

“The range of styles is enormous, from photography to graphic design.

“It is excellent for our students to be involved in a community initiative and campaign like this, especially at this time of year. At first I felt I was lecturing the students but they really picked it up and have a unique perspective on the issue because it is them and their friends who are at risk and this has been about talking to their peers and they have done it so well.”

The exhibition and film will be in the foyer of the James Paget University Hospital throughout Tuesday (December 8) until 4pm.

The film, produced by Dale Beaumont Smith in

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