Last weekend visitors flocked to King Alfred’s Centre Site to view the Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition featuring A Level and GCSE work in Art, Graphics Textiles and Product Design.
The main hall on Centre Site was transformed into a highly professional exhibition venue, with other displays and creations on view in adjoining areas.
Each year, local primary schools are invited to submit work to be included in the exhibition, from early years through to Year 6, and several primary schools sent in some of their art projects.
Hannah Newton, the Academy’s Director of Creative Arts, Design and Technology commented: “We were delighted to exhibit work showing the journey from the early and primary years, through the exam stages, to the work that our Alumni are doing. There are impressive art projects happening in our primary schools that deserve a wider audience. We are looking forward to this year’s “Art in the Park” event in conjunction with Betjeman Park in September, which is always popular with pupils from our partner primary schools.
Paul Thompson, Head of Design/Technology at King Alfred’s, said: “We had some really impressive, well-conceived GCSE and A level projects on display this year. For example, Jack Rooke’s sustainable design for a modular shelving unit made of strong cardboard (next stop Ikea!) and Danny Glover’s idea for safe storage of football nets on goal posts when they are left out on recreation grounds when not in use.”
Pamela Elder, now Overseas Area Representative for The Arts Society, Wantage (formerly known as NADFAS) has worked with King Alfred’s since 2007. Pamela and Penny Williams (Young Arts Representative) for the Wantage Society were most impressed by the high standard of students’ work presented at this year’s exhibition.
Said Pamela: “For as long as I can remember, the standard of work from King Alfred’s students has been very high. Two former students, Holly Cullis and Stacey Thomas, had paintings from previous exhibitions submitted to The Arts Society /Royal British Artists competition held each year. Both students had one of their works chosen to feature in the Mall Galleries, London. Since then, they have both gained Honours Degrees. Holly has spent time in New York designing clothes for Abercrombie and Fitch and Stacy is successfully working in book illustration.”
Previously, the Wantage Society has arranged artists in residence, ceramic workshops and taken a group of Year 9 students to the Watermill Theatre where their Director had the students act out scenes from Henry V.
Pamela added: “Clearly our partnership has had a very positive effect on the lives of young would-be artists at King Alfred’s Academy.”