Saturday, 19 June 2021

Artists invited to work with pupils as school opens gallery

Artists invited to work with pupils as school opens gallery

A NEW permanent art gallery has opened at Icknield Community College in Watlington.

It is hoped that the OX49 Gallery will encourage collaboration between the GCSE art students and artists.

The gallery officially opened on Friday with a display of about 25 self-portrait mono-prints by the students as well as oils by London artist Rose Parker, who visited the school in November.

Head of art Jessica Parker said: “The art gallery is part of the school building but we have createed a full- height atrium gallery space. The idea is to turn this into an art hub and for me to draw artists from the community into the school to work with our students so they get a taste of what the real art world is like.”

The school aims to have at least three shows a year and displays of students’ work in between. Mrs Parker said: “It’s about getting students to be proud of their work in a professional space. I think they are quite excited by it.”

Members of the public can visit the gallery by reporting to the college’s reception first.

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