Over the last few weeks, the Art department has been pleased to welcome back OVs. Lockdown prevented the annual end of year Upper Sixth exhibition in the summer term, but we have been able to display some of the work by last year’s leavers in the Sir Terry Frost Gallery in the department. Alex Ward (Cl 13-20), Ollie Berlet (W 13-20) and Ellen Copeman (Cr 13-20) all came in to view their own personal exhibitions and, although it wasn’t the usual full-scale exhibition, their work still looked very impressive and reflects the maturity and ambition with which they approached their personal project.
It has been a busy few weeks in the Art department. Over half term the Fifth Form artists took part in a series of day-long workshops to produce work for their GCSE coursework. At this time of year, we usually travel down to St Ives to visit the galleries and work in the landscape, but, as with so many things this year, Covid put paid to that trip, so instead, we ran our own workshops. Groups were introduced to new printmaking and collage techniques and also travelled out to Hanbury Woods to produce paintings and drawings of the landscape. At times it was a little cold and wet, but it was a great opportunity for the pupils, who produced some exciting work that will now inspire their own personal responses.
OV Izzy Jamous (Br 06-13) has also been in the department, helping out with Art lessons. After completing a degree in Business, Marketing and Branding at Copenhagen University, Izzy worked as a Publishing Manager for Raconteur, working exclusively for The Times newspaper in London. She is now exploring a change of career and wants to move into teaching, so some work experience in the department has given her a useful insight into the profession and has also been much appreciated by the Art staff.
In other OV news, Lily Stringer (Br 13-20)’s sculpture, ‘Wrapped’, is currently on display at the Royal Academy in the Young Artists’ Summer Show. The sculpture was part of her Lower Sixth artwork in which she explored how objects are altered when they are repaired, wrapped and tied, and was one of the few pieces chosen from over 17,700 entries. The show will reopen on December 2nd and has been extended into the New Year.