Mannequins Upcycled Unveiled

Today, 8 February 2024, saw the unveiling in The Lexicon, of Mannequins Upcycled, an art and fashion exhibition by students at Bracknell and Wokingham College.

Group photo Left to right: Rob Morris, General Manager of the Lexicon, Councillor Mary Temperton, Leader of Bracknell Forest Council and Chair of the Executive, Katie Rivington, Keira Wheeler, Paige Simpson and Jasmine Elgohary, Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication Level 3 Extended Diploma students at Bracknell and Wokingham College, Sue Dew-Gosling, Lecturer – Creative Arts, Activate Learning and Paul Newman, Executive Director Faculties and Colleges (South), Activate Learning.

Students studying a Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication Level 3 Extended Diploma at the college have created 12 eye-catching designs on 12 mannequins that were destined for landfill, as part of their work experience project with The Lexicon.

Each mannequin depicts a month of the year, and the students in keeping with a theme of sustainability have incorporated donated upcycled materials into their designs.

The mannequins exhibition will remain in place until 25 February 2024, and visitors to The Lexicon are being asked to vote for their favourite.

The winning student design team will win tickets to Cineworld and a meal at Five Guys, while as an incentive for voters, there will also be a prize draw to win a £100 gift card of their choice.

The 12 upcycled mannequins on display in The Lexicon

Sue Boor, Head of Marketing at The Lexicon says: “The students have really excelled with their designs. Both the creative thinking and practical implementation have resulted in a spectacular art exhibit for the town centre.”

Sue Dew-Gosling, Creative Arts Lecturer at Activate Learning, says: “The students have had a fabulous opportunity to show their creative skills in this live project, upcycling materials and using their ingenuity to make colourful seasonal designs.”

Jasmine Elgohary, a Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication Level 3 Extended Diploma student at Bracknell and Wokingham College said: “It was very rewarding to see our work on display because we have been working on it for months now.

“It’s very colourful and it caught my attention which I liked. It was great to see all of the upcycled mannequins lined up because we didn’t really know what they would look like but seeing them all together on display is really cool.”

Upcycled mannequins on display

Leader of Bracknell Forest Council, Cllr Mary Temperton says: “It’s wonderful to see The Lexicon providing an opportunity for students in the borough to show their design skills. I love how they have used upcycled materials in their design.”

Visitors to the town centre can vote for their favourite mannequin by scanning the QR code at the exhibition or by visiting

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