The annual Bishop Thomas Grant School Art Exhibition is always a wonderful festival of innovative creativity and colour, and the 2016 exhibition, held in the school main hall, was no exception.
Head of Art Miss Partleton welcomed visitors to the displays of work from GCSE, BTEC AS and A-Level students, mentioning that "our creativity is what makes us human", and invited local artist and guest speaker Philip Dennis to open the proceedings.
Mr Dennis is no stranger to the school, having already participated in art workshops for Year 9 students. In his opening address Mr Dennis outlined aspects of his career including his current project creating public artwork as part of the regeneration of Croydon High Street. He encouraged his audience to take any opportunities to travel as a source of inspiration for creative work.
With refreshments kindly provided by School Governor Mrs Fleet and the PTA, the audience were then set free to peruse the exhibits, universally acclaimed to be amongst the best work produced by pupils, particularly on the Level 3 BTEC course.
Amongst the many highlights was a piece by A-Level student Lucy Sturmer on the theme of "Identity" – Lucy developed a particular interest in slavery and the role of the sugar trade and sought to illustrate this in her work– she plans later to study Animation at Bournemouth University. Level 3 Art BTEC student Paige Beckinsale’s creation on "Upcycling" also attracted a lot of attention with her petri dishes containing shreds of fabric she had manipulated with copydex, paint and glue to look like DNA samples. Paige plans to take a Foundation Art course possibly at Wimbledon or Epsom with the ultimate aim of working in costume design. Jessica Charlotte Doherty’s A2 Photography work showed her own unique interpretation of hidden identity in social media.
Our photographs also show AS work by Joy Idowu on the theme of "Emotions", Nikko Rivas-Delpoio "Nature and Places" and Issa Ferris "Flight", who along with all the other exhibitors are to be congratulated on the high standards and quality of their work.