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The exhibition culminates another highly successful and exciting year for students studying in the Art, Design and Photography departments.This year saw visiting artists Kurt Jackson, Reece Ingram O-Region, Rogue theatre, Hannah Guy, Patricia Fonsecca, Seamas Carey and Sue Field working with groups of students in the most inspiring of settings.

Well over a hundred students exhibited work of the highest standard demonstrating huge interest, energy and excitement within the work. Forty-four GCSE Art and Design students exhibited work, along with thirty-six at GCSE Photography, twelve at AS Art and Design, nine at A2 Art and Design, eighteen at AS Photography, and seven at A2 Photography. The Gold Arts leaders used the opportunity to exhibit the work they had done with gifted and talented after school clubs since January. This year’s exhibition was also supported by Year 5 and 7 Arts Apprentices who acted as guides, presenting the Arts Leaders’ work and working with the public. Work will start in September, taking elements of the art exhibition to our feeder schools with the new Arts Ambassadors, in which they will take a leading role.

The work on view across all courses exhibited a very wide range of subject matter and personal inspiration. Artwork this year ranged in scale with some of the largest paintings and mixed media drawings we have had at the school. Students explored a variety of formats, materials, techniques and processes in painting, sculpture, construction, and print, as well as wet chemical and digital photography. There was only also some notable installation work which explored shadows with great impact.

Again this year, work demonstrated a wide variety of highly personal, in depth academic responses; with some very sensitive and appropriate application of materials and processes from students which meant outcomes were highly successful. Work on show demonstrated high levels of technical competence supporting a confidence, independence and diversity within the work.

Members of the Creative and Performing Arts team would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of its students on another amazingly creative year. The various ensembles, performances, exhibitions, workshops and Arts Award work across the year groups and throughout the Arts Faculty have really enriched and inspired all throughout the year. We all look forward to results day in the summer in the knowledge that the quality of creative work and skill development has been excellent. Well done to all who have exhibited and performed their work for public appreciation and critique.

We hope that you enjoy some of the photos of this year’s exhibition in school.

Mr. L. Pascoe

Head of Creative and Performing Arts

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