Calling International Art Students Seeking Work Experience

Today our English language school for culture lovers and creative minds wants to share a unique opportunity for professional development.

We have an international work experience opportunity to offer up to 4 international art students.

Are you an international art/design student? Read this blog about the Great Big Art Exhibition to learn how you can develop your professional English & Art skills with this unique and free training opportunity designed for international creative students.


“We know you can’t travel at the moment and your professional development is taking a big hit. That’s why we’ve created this opportunity.”

Ruth Pringle, Blue Noun English Language School


The Great Big Art Exhibition

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a Great Big Art Exhibition happening in windows across the UK.

You can read The Guardian newspaper’s announcement of the project here.
We are still in Covid Lockdown, and galleries are closed. That’s exactly the reason to make art, and turn local communities into exhibitions.
The Great Big Art Exhibition is a national event which anyone, with any level of experience can have fun with – hopefully with kids getting involved too.

“The doors to our collections and galleries might be shut but our imaginations are forever open. Making, showing and experiencing art has created so much joy, connection and solace for many thousands of people,”

Sally Shaw, Director of Firstsite 


Work with Artists in Perthshire 

As our region Strathearn has an astonishing number of professional and highly-skilled artists, we’re hoping that some excellent artists will also take part.
Let’s turn our streets and community into a glorious, temporary art gallery!

Why is Perthshire Full of Artists?

It’s a beautiful place to live, studio spaces are affordable and we have easy connections to four of Scotland’s largest cities.

Perthshire ceramicist Ceri White during a studio tour

Forthcoming Themes

The first theme of Animals was selected by sculptor Antony Gormley,
There are loads of great artists and themes coming up (I’m especially excited about David Shrigley‘s, ‘Put a Thing In an Odd Place’). At this stage, we don’t know how many people will take part in our community, but the more support and activity we can drum up, the better (and you can help!).


I expect people may actually invent animals that perhaps haven’t evolved in the natural course of Darwinian evolution, but need to evolve in order to express what is happening inside people,”

“Dragons, some fantastical animals with multiple legs – as many pseudopodia as are necessary to express an inner vitality. I’m asking people to evoke their spirit animal.”

Antony Gormley


English Language School for Creative Minds David Shrigley Great Big Art Exhibition
Great Big Art Exhibition Poster, by David Shrigley, 2021
English Language School for Creative Minds wIndows Great Big Art Exhibition

We’ll be making art for our windows! (Although we might work up to the big ones!)

About This Opportunity  for International Art School Students 

Blue Noun Language Hub are action takers. We have started a Facebook Group for Strathearn Perthshire, for collating all the community responses to The Great Big Art Exhibition.
Hopefully, this will incite community interest and participation, and enable some great fun art-making. Perhaps even leading to long-term collaborations.
As we are an English language school specialising in coaching creatives in professional English, we would like to invite 4 international art students to join in this project.

Who is This Opportunity For 

This opportunity would suit Art students, Media students Design students and even Architecture students.



“I see this as a chance to create an
international work experience opportunity for art students whose career and professional development have taken a hit during these COVID times. “


Ruth, Blue Noun English language School, 2021

What Training Will You Get?

Take part in a weekly group Zoom chat to discuss the development of this project.
We are also offering a weekly one-on-one coached English Zoom lesson, which is themed around the organisation of the project.
You will be expected to assist in practical admin tasks such as directly replying to artist contributors, writing press releases, designing a flyer.


Don’t Miss This Rare Opportunity for Work Experience for Art Students

It’s a real-time lesson in public art, exhibition coordination and a great introduction to British (and Scottish!) culture, designed to develop participants professional English language skills. We are offering a good chunk of quality training for absolutely free: we know it’s a tough time to be a student as many of the usual opportunities just don’t exist right now – we sincerely want to help.


How to Apply

Write a short letter of introduction, including the following information:
Your studies
What you hope to learn by participating in our project
What your interest/experience in community art is.
If you have had professional experience exhibiting your own work, please include detail of this.
This project is live and has started: there’s no application deadline but it is only running until April 11th, 2021, so don’t delay in getting your information to us.
You can start your training almost immediately.
Email me with any questions, and I look forward to hearing from you soon!


Further Information

Find the Great Big Art Exhibition Strathearn Facebook group page here.

More Blue Noun Resources

Discover our 12-week course, Sketchbook English.

Sketchbook English gives international creatives the English language skills they need for their creative career.

Learn more here. 

Your Blue Noun English Language Challenge is:

‘Put a Thing In an Odd Place’ –  as instructed by David Shrigley

Go on! Dare you! And tell us about it in the comments. Write as much as you like, and if you would like us to check &  correct your English, write CP  (correct please) at the end.

Live language learning!


“Put a Thing In an Odd Place.”