Around 200 Design and Creative Arts students at The Bournemouth & Poole College have been granted honorary citizenship of Nepal as a token of thanks for creating an art exhibition to mark 200 years of friendship between Britain and Nepal.
There was lavish praise for the works created by the students over a period of months and the acting ambassador to Nepal made the journey down to Poole to admire their wonderful creations.
Mayor of Poole Peter Adams, welcomed the acting Napali ambassador to the UK, Tej Bahudur Chhetri and the famous UK-based Nepali painter Govinda Sah.
Mr Chhetri praised the students for their commitment and dedication in creating the works and said it would foster even closer ties between the two nations. “Hopefully it might even inspire people to travel to Nepal to enjoy its glorious scenery and wonderful people,” he said.
The exhibition was aimed at creating a true cultural image of Nepal to demonstrate the challenges of living in a remote region with its raw beauty and the struggle for health and education.
The college’s Vice Principal Diane Grannell said the students had benefited enormously from the experience of learning about the culture of a distant country.
Nick Day, Head of Design and Creative Arts at the College, said the exhibition would be moving out into the community in the next few weeks so that it would be seen and appreciated by a wider audience. This will include an exhibition on Poole High Street where the Borough runs a pop-up shop.
Said Nick: "This will give our students the experience of having their work on public display; a great feeling for any ambitious young artist."
Alan Mercel-Sanca, of the Nepal Friendship Society said the names of all the students who contributed to the exhibition would be listed on a special Honorary Citizenship certificate which would go on display when the exhibition goes out into the community.
He said: "This is the first UK event to mark 200 years of friendship between our two countries but while the past is important, the promotion of awareness of these links will surely help that relationship grow even more over the next 200 years.”