All Art Faculty members are practising and exhibiting artists, and they each have their own show in the Art School Gallery once every five years. This is their opportunity to share their creativity with the pupils and the local community.
At the beginning of November, photography teacher Mrs Christine Jacks and her husband Arthur gave a joint exhibition of their recent works entitled 'More of the Same... but different'.
Currently on show is Director of Art Philip Woolley's exhibition of New Digital Paintings, which opened on Monday 18th November. Philip has exhibited widely in both the USA and the UK - recent shows include the 'Scapes' Exhibition at the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol, a two-man show at Elliot Smith Contemporary Art in St Louis,a nd Lyon Fine Art in Chicago, as well as Firbob and Peacock, and Cambridge Contemporary Art in the UK.
"Two years ago I made the transition from using the traditional fine art materials, to combining painting and drawing with Adobe Photoshop. This has enabled me to combine the richness of past techniques with the flexibility of digitalisation. As everything in the world is permeable to digital transmission, this shift enabled me to draw upon a huge range of subject matter and experience that would have been difficult to use with traditional painting media. The cumulative effect of this process is the ultimate ‘Post-Modern’ situation – all styles and all possibilities meet in an exciting new ‘synthesis’."
Left - Christine and Arthur Jacks; right - Philip Woolley
Philip Woolley's exhibition continues until Saturday 30th November; the Art School Gallery is open 7 days a week, from 8am to 6pm.
On Monday 2nd December, Fergus Reid's exhibition of New Photography opens to the public with a private view in the Art School Gallery at 6.30pm. His exhibition continues until the end of term.
Further exhibitions will be taking place in the Lent and Summer terms.