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Paige Middleton Kingsbridge Community College Baltic Staircase(Click image to enlarge)
Ellen Lee Stover School Me(Click image to enlarge)
Sarah Dickinson Coombeshead Academy Self Portrait(Click image to enlarge)
The following work was highly commended:
(Work by students at Coombeshead Academy, Kingsbridge College, The Axe Valley Community College)
At the very beginning of the work of the Academy and toward the fulfilment
of the education objectives as laid down by the founders, a committee was
formed to manage and deliver an annual exhibition dedicated to children's
work for, using a quote from Phil Creek, then Devon Adviser for Art and Design,
in the first exhibition's catalogue 'Art and design are both a significant
and vital means of developing cultural understanding and creativity in young
people'. The Children's exhibition grew to be a vital component of the
Academy's annual event calendar making a significant and essential contribution
to the achievement of the Academy's charitable status.
The first exhibition, Me and My World was held in May 2001 at The Phoenix
Exeter, attracting a wide range of high quality two and three-dimensional work
from pupils ages four years and upwards, from primary, secondary and special
needs schools in our region. Six further highly successful exhibitions were
to follow in succeeding years:
2002: A Special Place, Exeter Phoenix
2003: Through My Own Eyes, Exeter Phoenix
2004: Drawing From Experience, Exeter Phoenix
2005: It Appears to Me..., Exeter Phoenix
2006/07: Our Environment, Cube 3 Gallery, Plymouth University
2008: Life's Journeys, Exeter Cathedral
It would be difficult to overstate the immense effort that went into the staging
of these exhibitions and the debt that is owed to the dedicated team of volunteers
who made them happen. Careful mounting of each selected entry, professional
photography for the catalogue, prestigious award ceremonies and overall application
of the highest standards ensured that for each participant the recognition and
display of their work would be inspirational, and also a statement of a
standard in art that others could both admire and aspire to follow. Alongside
the exhibitions, established artists visited schools to conduct workshops and
demonstrations enhancing the preparation work in each participating school.
Bridget Trethewey was chair for the Academy's first Schools'/Young Artists'
Exhibition in 2001. Professor Robert Clements OBE SWAc (former art advisor
for Devon) took the chair for the 2002 and 2003 exhibitions, and Ann
Roe Jones SWAc (former head of art and design at Colyton Grammar
School) for the remaining exhibitions in 2004, 2005, 2006/07 and for
the final exhibition in 2008 after which the mantle of responsibility for this
annual event passed to the County. The current Trustees have now
introduced a new open award for young artists, launched at the 2013 Open Exhibition with great acclaim.
For a more in-depth history of the South West Academy's work with schools and Young Artists, click here.
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