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What do you see?   Art, Graphics and Textiles Exhibitions 2017

What do you see?   Art, Graphics and Textiles Exhibitions 2017

Hugely talented pupils continue to exploit a wide range of creative Art, Graphics and Textile outcomes in an impressive exhibition of their artistic skills.

The Old Dining Hall has become an Art Gallery in the last few weeks showing the creative endeavours of Wisbech Grammar School pupils. On the evening of Friday 12 May, it became the venue for this year’s Exhibition of GCSE Fine Art, Graphics and Textiles work. It was great to see so many pupils, parents, friends and staff enjoying looking at the work.

The displays showed some examples of the wide variety of techniques and methods used in the GCSE courses. Each pupil had a display of their final project pieces and folders of the developmental background to them. The personal responses to exam questions were also on display, and it is quite amazing what some pupils can achieve in 10 hours. The variety of work included examples of silk screen printing, painting, both abstract and figurative, constructed textiles and digital graphics. Some of the Textiles work had been made into garments, and the Artwork ranged from 3D mixed media constructions to oil paintings.

This is a particularly busy time for the Art and Textiles departments because as soon as the GCSE work came down, the AS and A Level work were put on display and enjoyed by all who attended during the evening of Monday 12 June. This exhibition shows how pupils move on from GCSE Level in terms of skill, quality and ambition.

Work produced during the courses reflects each pupil’s personal choice and interests. This year the Textiles pupils have continued to exploit a wide range of creative Textile outcomes; Mollie Allen presenting a quirky combination of collage and fashion, with cellular structures as her theme. This was completed using a mixed media approach combining stitch, batik and print. Francesca Tibbett related her Geographical knowledge of rock strata, weathering and erosion to an ambitious wall hanging, incorporating stitch, print glue and hand dyed fabric very successfully.  The theme of Fairgrounds was used as inspiration by Lydia Plumb to exploit the geometric structural elements of the rides with a particular focus on capturing speed and looking through Megan Tolliday began her research closer to home, using three generations of her family as starting point to produce a collage piece. This combined a variety of textile techniques such as weave, free embroidery and reverse applique. The Fine Artists at A Level also chose personal themes for their coursework; Will Davis developed a large set of curved canvases based on his love of walking in the countryside and even used what he found on these walks to include in his project. Harry Delph explored more abstract areas, focussing on Line and Colour in a semi-surreal canvas that includes both realism and experimental use of paint.

The AS Textiles displays by Dina Aldrich, Faye Edwards, Lianne Goates, Zara Jutsum, Helena Parkinson, Matilda Suiter, Jennifer Ross, Emma Tai, represented an equally wide range of outcomes with some pupils opting to develop fashion pieces, others, surface pattern for interior design, collage, alongside more Fine Art textile pieces. The Fine Artists, Dina Aldrich, Zara Jutsum and Emma Tai, have created very individual projects that, in the spirit of the course, have pushed boundaries and tested techniques. The Graphics work by Zara Jutsum is a printed outcome that merges digital work with hand drawing.

The evenings for both exhibitions were both very enjoyable indeed, and it was a pleasure to see so many smiling faces. We are very proud of all the hard work by the pupils to achieve such impressive displays.


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