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Artistic triumph

20 July 2021

Our Year 11 artists ended the academic year on an artistic high, with their art on display in a prestigious show and the experience of working with a top architecture school.

Congratulations must go to Anthony A and Shiekh S in Year 11, who have seen their work selected for inclusion the Royal Academy of Art's Young Artist Summer Show. Their art – Tree Close Up by Anthony A and Lockdown Walks by Shiekh - can now be viewed online and on-site at the Royal Academy.

Ms Chance, our Faculty Leader, Art, said: “This year, for the first time, art by two of our outgoing Year 11 cohort has been selected for this prestigious show. Art by 33,000 pupils, aged between 5 and 19 from across the UK, was submitted and only 570 works were chosen, so I’m immensely proud of our two artists.”

In addition, for the past ten weeks, fifteen GCSE Art pupils have been learning more about architecture and design work. This workshops have been undertaken with representatives from the Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL, one of the world’s most influential architecture schools, and STORE, an association of artists, architects, and designers that works to improve public access to art and design. Each workshop focused on a specialised technique or craft, allowing our young people to achieve exciting outcomes in just one day. 

Ms Chance explains: “Our young people have experienced working with a wide range of materials, including scale model making using grey board and foam, and using green sand. Our course culminated in a trip to STORE’s store at King's Cross, where our pupils had their designs cast in aluminium. 

“Several of our Year 11 have confirmed that, since undertaking this programme, they have become more interested in pursuing a career in architecture. All agreed that participation in the workshops had really opened their eyes to how many different skills are involved in architecture and design.”

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