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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Southfield’s best art on show

TEXTILES, paintings, photographs and sculptures filled the white space of Southfield Technology College’s art gallery this month as part of the end-of-term exhibition.

Budding artists from the Workington school celebrated the occasion with an exhibition of some of the best work the art department has seen.

Nine students displayed work in a host of pieces – in art, crafts and design – produced over the last year.

The exhibition was also open to parents, teachers and the public in the evening.

Head of art Sam Tinkler said the year has been a great success and it was evident in the students’ work.

“The examiners have told us that at the moment we are not looking at anything lower than a grade B for each students’ work: they have outperformed their predicted marks by two grades, which is fantastic news.

“All of them have each gone in a different way with their projects and as a result the quality and contrast of the work is remarkable. But we work them hard on this course so it gives them the incentive to produce excellent pieces and in return they get good grades and feedback from examiners.”

Natural disasters, geometry in nature and personal encounters were all topics chosen by the group as their projects.

ABBIE CARRUTHERS, 17, of High Harrington, produced a piece on memorabilia for her personal encounters project. She said: “I wanted to do light-hearted pieces for my project so I chose a memorabilia theme. One of the most difficult aspects for me was painting, which I’m not particularly good at, but I am really pleased with the outcome for all my work.”

MATTHEW MELDRUM, 17, of Workington, drew on his experience being caught in a hurricane in 2004 in Florida to produce a series of work on natural disasters.

He said: “The exam topic was perfect for me – our hotel was on lock-down during Hurricane Charlie while me and my family were on holiday.

“My art is based on Hurricane Katrina and the devastation it left behind. I made a house out of lollipop sticks and on there were all the messages that were written on the actual houses in Louisiana.”

Vivienne Westwood was one of the inspirations for COURTNEY GOODWIN, 17, of Workington, who used her passion for drawing faces in her personal encounters project. Courtney said her work was the result of a year’s worth of drawing and painting.

“I have always drawn but the most difficult part for me was painting as I haven’t done it on this kind of scale before, but I’m really proud of all my work.”

High Harrington student KAYLEIGH LANGSTAFF, 17, used her talent in photography to produce images depicting her chosen theme of torment using facial expressions of dolls. “I have put in hundreds of hours of work for this project but I think it’s paid off – I’m extremely pleased with the end result,” she said. “I love working with different art styles and materials to produce something really unique.”

LAUREN CAINE, 17, of Workington, combined her love of fashion and sculpture to create the pieces for her project which focused on geometry in nature. “I took inspiration from Lady Gaga-style fashion and merged it with insect and animal prints,” she said.

“It took me two months but fashion and art are passions of mine so I have really used this project to show off my skills.”

The exhibition was a bitter-sweet occasion for Ms Tinkler who leaves at the end of term to take up a post at Cockermouth School. She added: “Having one of the most successful exhibitions and projects means I will leave on such an incredible high. I have formed some really nice relationships with my students that I will take away with me.”

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