Artists studying at GCSE and A-level have had their work proudly displayed at our annual exhibition.
The exhibition marks the culmination of a period of sustained study for our pupils at GCSE, AS and A2 level.
Wide range of work
Speaking at the opening night, head of art, design and technology Mr Richard Davies spoke about the range of work they have produced:
Among the range of media and techniques we employ, as well as painting and sculpture, there are drypoint and lino prints, colographs, batik and silk, ceramics, plaster, monoprints, woodcuts and photograms, as well as a set design and costume.
At the core of this exhibition, however, is evidence of the ability to record, accurately, observations in visual form – in other words, drawing. And it is drawing that is at the root of all we do.
A selection of photographs of our pupils’ pieces are available on our Facebook page.
“I hope they are proud of what they have achieved.”
Mr Davies said that he hopes the pupils are proud of their work:
For our pupils, it is the first time their work has been properly, and publicly, displayed.
They are, I hope, both proud of what they have achieved and perhaps a little overawed to find themselves at the centre of so much attention.
I have said before that mounting an exhibition such as this can be quite daunting for the pupils, not least because, by putting their work on show, they are exposing to criticism something of themselves.
The willingness to be so honest when drawing on personal reference points is a fact worth considering when looking at some of the examples on display.
Opening night photos
See our Facebook page for more photos from the opening night of the exhibition.
Pupils were able to use the department’s various trips through the years as inspiration for their art, which included visits to:
- Liverpool’s Tate and Walker art galleries
- London’s Tate Modern, National Portrait Gallery and Royal Academy
- Manchester and Salford to sketch the cities’ architecture, canals and streets
A tour of the east coast of America in May 2014 also took in world-class galleries and museums such as the Guggenheim, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Hirshhorn Museum.
Art displayed in external exhibitions
Some of the art on display has also been displayed in local galleries and entered into national competitions this year.
Jess Campbell, Maya Gordon, Vicky Morgan, Jessye Persse, Chloe Rutter, Martha Vernon and Gabriella Watkins’ work was all praised by the judges in the Portico Library Assembly exhibition.
Gabriella was highly commended for her drawing inspired by the annual Manchester and Salford trip.
Stunning works by Jessye Persse, Georgia Burns and younger pupil Rhys Richards were also displayed at the Lowry in the Living Edge school arts competition.
Although our pupils didn’t take home any of the top prizes, having their art hung at the gallery is a huge honour in itself.