Amanda’s Italian fine arts trip

Julija Astasonoka (second from right) with artist Graham Fagen (third from right), Hospitalfield Arts director Lucy Byatt (fourth from right) and other Scottish art students and graduates at the exhibition in Venice
Julija Astasonoka (second from right) with artist Graham Fagen (third from right), Hospitalfield Arts director Lucy Byatt (fourth from right) and other Scottish art students and graduates at the exhibition in Venice
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A student from Stonehaven has travelled to Italy to take part in the largest art exhibition in the world.

Amanda Lightbody (22), who is studying for a BA (Hons) in fine art with the University of the Highlands and Islands at Moray College UHI, has been selected to take part in the 2015 Scotland + Venice learning programme. The initiative provides young art school students and recent graduates opportunities to develop their skills and make contacts at La Biennale di Venezia - the largest art exhibition in the world.

Amanda is spending a month at the Venice event as part of a team of 28 Scottish students and graduates. The group is overseeing the daily set up of an exhibition by the Scottish artist Graham Fagen and provide visitors with information about the artist and his work.

Amanda was selected along with two other University of the Highlands and Islands students.

Geoffrey Bertram, chair of the Barns-Graham Charitable Trust, said: “This is a great opportunity for the students to learn what it takes to exhibit at such a major international event and how to make it a success.

“Such opportunities are rare.”