Year 13 Art and Photography students showcased their work at our annual end of year Exhibition on Wednesday 27th of June.

On a very warm summer’s evening it was fantastic to see our students receive deserved praise for two years’ worth of hard work from parents, governors, staff and members of the public.

Each student presented at least two displays with some students who have studied both Art and Photography displaying four!

At the Friary we encourage our Art and Photography students to develop personal, individual projects.  Over the last two years they have visually responded to a range of stimuli and taken inspiration from a range of artists, photographers and cultures. Themes explored included traditional portraiture, the “Me Too” movement, anatomy, consumerism, mental health and “The Beast from the East.”

Highlights of this year’s show were the full size tree displayed in the exhibition, this forced the audience to stoop below the canopy to view artwork in response to the “trees” exam question and the sheer number of items hanging from the exhibition ceiling. The 2018 exhibition was one where you really did have to look up !

Alison Cartwright Head of Art, Design and Technology said: “It is really important that our Art and Photography students have the opportunity to present their work and share their success with a wider audience. All of our students will continue their education next year with many having been accepted to study Visual Arts courses at Universities across the county. The experiences that they will take with them having studied at The Friary and having held this exhibition will see them very well prepared. They should all be very proud of themselves.”