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Kendal Primary School To Display Pupils' Artwork

Yr 6 pupil Ellie Chester

A Kendal school's set to turn its classrooms into art galleries.

Pupils at Vicarage Park Primary have spent the last few months experimenting with different art forms.

The pieces will go on display from today - they'll be up for sale, with the proceeds going towards fuding future arts opportunities in school.

Simon Wilkinson, Deputy Headteacher commented: “The children and staff have felt privileged to take part in something so rare in a primary setting. We shared ideas with local artists who have enabled these to then become a reality. The children’s eyes have lit up when taking part in these sessions and they are very proud of their place in this project. It has been a busy project with everyone pulling together and come exhibition night, when the children and families share what they have made, it will be worth it and remembered for years to come.”

On a recent visit to the Brewery Arts Centre pupils got to quiz exhibiting artist Jenny Natusch about her work.

Ellie Chester, a Year 6 pupil from Young Curator’s Club said: “Talking to Jenny about her work taught me that you should express yourself and never feel like your work is not good enough for people to see.”

Printmaker Jamie Barnes, who is also a freelance curator commented: “It has been a great experience to work so closely with staff and pupils at Vicarage Park, to help them experiment with new media and develop new skills in printmaking that I hope they will be able to build on in the future. I wish I had had this opportunity when I was at primary school!”

BELOW: Yr 3 pupil Austin Taylor

Project co-ordinator Kerry Howarth said: “The project has enabled staff to develop some new skills in teaching art and design by working alongside an artist and as well as the children having produced some great art work, they have also broadened their knowledge about jobs in the creative industries. Projects like this help to develop confidence, enrich learning and inspire children, they get the whole school working together to make it happen, something that is often difficult to envisage at the beginning. We have had some great support from local businesses, parents and cultural venues and these networks will continue to thrive after the project ends. Our exhibition night will be fantastic celebration of a unique project and will hopefully generate funds to provide future art experiences in school.”

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