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Artful dancers

29 September 2020

Westminster City School pupils have been involved in a ground-breaking venture with the National Gallery and the renowned dance company, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance. 

Last October a group of our Year 9 artists took part in a unique project that saw just two London schools selected to create dance and visual work based around the National Gallery’s collections. Over four days, our pupils had the chance to view and discuss the National Gallery's pieces, then choreograph dance moves and movements based on what they'd seen. 

National Gallery staff visited Westminster City School to deliver a workshop guiding our pupils through creating visual works based on, and inspired by, their experience. On the final day of the workshop, our pupils had the rare experience of curating their own gallery show in the world-famous National Gallery (pictured, above). A short film has been created about this project and entered as part of the BFI Film Festival.

Ms Chance, Faculty Leader Art at our School said: “Thanks must go to all our Westminster Ciuty School artists, now in Year 10, for giving consent to share their work and making this project such a joy to be a part of. Thanks also to the Shobana Jeyasingh Dance company and to the National Gallery for allowing us to be a part of such a fascinating project.” 

For further information about the National Gallery or the Shobana Jeyasingh Dance company, please visit their websites at: www.nationalgallery.org.uk and www.shobanajeyasingh.co.uk/.

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