ACTOR Olivia Pentelow was the guest speaker at an end of year show exhibition by Craven College's creative industries students.

'Fantastic and Strange' marked the end of the year for the Skipton-based college's art, design, style, creative and digital students before they go off into employment, or higher education.

The show, which is open to the public until tomorrow (Friday) highlights the diversity of work created by students across film, photography, fashion, fine art and 3D-design. It also includes the work of students studying media makeup, performing arts, creative media and digital as well as work from the hair, beauty and nails students.

Bradford-based actor Olivia Pentelow was given a warm welcome at the recent launch, which was opened with a rendition of Queen's 'We Will Rock You' by the college's performing arts students. Olivia, who is currently starring in ‘The Gallows Pole', directed by Shane Meadows, spoke about her passion for the creative industries and her journey to securing her role in the BBC drama.

She offered the students advice on their next steps after finishing college by saying:“Working towards my dream has been a struggle and it takes a great deal of resilience, and everyone here will have that resilience inside them.”

The event was also an opportunity to recognise students’ achievements in an award ceremony. Creative industries awards celebrated students who have overcome adversity and those for outstanding achievement and good attendance and punctuality. Hair, beauty and nails students' achievements were recognised with the David Nisbet Awards for outstanding achievements.

Jemma Crozier, the college's head of department for art, design and style said: “I am always so proud of our students and the work they achieve - as well as acquiring a wide specialist skill base, our students learn to work collaboratively with each other, skilfully guided by specialist staff.

"It is their continued professionalism and dedication which is so vital in setting an example to those who aspire to take up careers in the creative industries. I am very excited to share their outstanding work with the public at the end of year show.”

Fantastic and Strange, at the college’s Ingleborough Building on the Aireville Campus in Skipton is open to the public until tomorrow (June 23). Applications for art, design, style, creative industries and digital technology are still open for this September. For more information visit