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Art on display

3 December 2019

Year 9 pupils saw their art hanging in The National Gallery, as part of a unique collaboration between our School, the London art museum and a contemporary choreographer.

During November, Westminster City School pupils undertook a programme of workshops involving The National Gallery and Shobana Jeyasingh, an internationally recognised choreographer. This one-off series enabled our Year 9 pupils to explore and respond creatively to Jeyasingh’s new work, Staging Schiele. Inspired by the Austrian artist Egon Schiele, Staging Schiele features four dancers inhabiting his world of colour, masterful lines and unusual perspectives and notions about identity.

Miss Chance, Head of Westminster City School’s Art Department, explains: “Our pupils began this exciting initiative with an initial visit to The National Gallery. Here they met the team behind this project, before touring the gallery and having their first introductory workshop.

“Artists and educators from The National Gallery visited our School for follow up workshops. The picture, above, shows this workshop, with our pupils deciding how to hang their art at the gallery. Our pupils then returned to The National Gallery on Friday 29 November, where they saw the professional hanging of their work for that day. This was a great experience for our young artists and I loved seeing their creations on display at one of London’s leading art museums.”

Choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh has had a distinguished career, creating over 60 critically acclaimed works for diverse platforms including stage, screen and unconventional public spaces, such as Palladian monasteries, fountain courtyards and city offices. Her work has toured extensively in Europe, USA, India and the Far East, and is now part of the national curriculum in the UK.

The National Gallery, in Trafalgar Square, was founded in 1824. It now houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-thirteenth century to 1900, as well as work by our Westminster City School pupils for a day in November. Keep an eye on our School’s social media channels and website for photos of our pupils’ work hanging at The National Gallery.

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