The School of Art in Birmingham holds an annual exhibition of school students work. Last Year it was 8 schools from the South network and this year East network joined taking the number of schools to 22. The opening night was packed with visitors to the Margaret Street building to see a truly impressive series of exhibits in the entrance hall, second floor studios and the Article Gallery.
The shows are a great representation of the talent that are creating beautiful and accomplished work. Mainly on paper, but some sculpture and 3d work. There is a real energy about the work and in particular the focus on portraiture. Together the work captures and reflects the wealth of diverse people and communities that make up contemporary cosmopolitain Birmingham.
The network covers a range of schools and many teachers and heads attended with their students. One head commented that this is such a great opportunity for students to see their work in the Art School and come into the city centre to the listed victorian building which is only a stone’s throw away from the city’s Museum and Art Gallery. Perhaps one day some of their work will be hung there. Head of School Professor Jonathan Harris encouraged the schools and students to continue focusing on their creative learning as it will be the foundation for many careers in the arts and beyond. He also encouraged students who are considering going to art school to come and see what is on offer and how young people in Birmingham and the West Midlands are pursuing their graduate art studies in the purpose built Art school.
Big congratulations to Martin Sutton from Swanshurst School and Franziska Schenk from the school of art who have worked so well and hard to bring the show to fruition.
The show continues until the 6th JULY – go see!