19th March 2018

Junior Schools’ Art Exhibition Showcases Talent

Talent abounded at Malvern St James Girls’ School’s annual Junior Schools’ Art Exhibition that was held last Saturday (10th March).

The exhibition featured over 100 pieces of art that was created by children from local schools – Malvern St James, Suckley School, Colwall CofE Primary School, Bosbury Primary School, The Elms School, Abberley Hall School, Bluecoat School (Birmingham), Berkhampstead School (Cheltenham), Airthrie School (Cheltenham), The Croft Preparatory School (Stratford upon Avon) and Hatherop Castle School (Cirencester).

Children from Reception to Year 8 entered pieces into the exhibition, which were created using a range of media on a wide breadth of subjects – from Elmer the Elephant and Canopic jars to owls, the Titanic and self-portraits. Algy Orchard, from Abberley Hall School, was awarded the ‘Best in Exhibition’ prize for his piece entitled ‘Hockney Perspective’, which was inspired by the work of David Hockney.

This year’s judge was renowned local artist, Antony Bridge, who is currently official Artist in Residence at the National Trust’s Croome. Antony said, “I was honoured to be asked to judge the MSJ Art Exhibition. The work from all the schools involved was both stunning and inspiring. I also savoured a guided tour of the Malvern St James Art studios, a great asset for the school with that real art studio look.”

Ms Di Weissberg, Head of Art and Design at MSJ said, “The standard and breadth of art in the exhibition was fabulous and it was wonderful to see so many visitors enjoying the children’s creations.”

MSJ’s Headmistress, Mrs Olivera Raraty, commented, “Children are so creative and it is always a joy to see how they interpret the world. At MSJ we nurture a child’s ‘whole self’ and I am a passionate believer that creativity and academic achievement go hand in hand.”