Dynamic display highlights creativity and imagination at Perse Art Show
11 Jun 2019
A broad range of dynamic designs highlighting the imagination and creativity of Perse students were displayed at the school’s annual Art Show.
The Pelican Gallery in the Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre featured pieces by Lower Sixth art students, showcasing coursework based on the body as well as individual exam work around the themes of light and conflict.
Works included a digital film played over three screens at different times, a layered hand-cut and laser-cut paper piece, and an exhibit that combined acrylic painting with screen prints influenced by renowned abstract artist Ben Nicholson. Other pieces sought to evoke traditional and modern architecture, using materials such as metal, wood and cardboard, a marine environment interpreted in print and embroidery, and cultural identity, through the use of film projection over an acetate drawing.
The work will remain on display in the Pelican Gallery until September.
The art block played host to stunning coursework from Upper Sixth A level and Year 11 GCSE students.
Themes for A level coursework pieces included the ephemeral nature of smiling, positive and negative spaces, mental wellbeing, the line between life and death, the sea, and religious traditions in the modern day, with the creations capturing the essence of their respective topics using a wide variety of media.
Meanwhile, exam work featured etchings and silk screen prints of an urban cityscape, black and white etchings and drawings around subjects such as Brutalist architecture and punk culture, and a nocturnally-themed series of ceramic tiles based on feathers and moon craters.
Year 11 coursework pieces were based on natural forms using a diverse range of media, while the exam work on display stemmed from topics such as dwellings, birds, signs, boxes and mirrors.
Perse Head of Art Anne Cunningham was thrilled with the feedback she had received from those attending the exhibition.
She said: “A number of people told me they felt the show was consistently good, and that the work was degree standard rather than A level standard. People also commented that there’s so much variety in the students’ work that it makes the show more interesting and engaging as well as allowing pupils to express their individuality.
“I felt it was the strongest show we’ve had to date and I’m really proud of the students for the work they’ve produced.
“Art is a really important subject for the job market because creative industries are such a big part of our economy. Art isn’t just about painting and drawing, it’s about ideas, creativity and imagination and using different media to communicate those ideas. The inclusion of so many different media in the exhibition, can only stand our students in good stead for their future.”