Huish students, Hannah Mahon, Eleanor Pinney and Jamie Jeffrey have had their work selected to become part of the ‘At Home’ National Art Exhibition for Sixth Form College Students, running between 4th – 19th June 2020.
The online exhibition, which can be viewed at https://www.sixthformcolleges.org/411/at-home, has been formed by the Sixth Form College Association (SFCA) to allow young artists to express themselves during the current pandemic and share their experiences. It features work of 140 students from across 46 colleges.
In 2018, Richard Huish College officially opened the Maple Visual Arts Centre, a £3 million, fully equipped, state-of-the-art facility that includes an extensive and purpose designed Art studio, plus an Apple Mac Suite for the specialist teaching of Graphic Design. The new facility alongside the existing Photography suite has allowed Huish to maximise their Arts opportunities however since the lockdown students have had to face the new challenge of working from their homes.
Bill Watkin, Chief Executive of the Sixth Form Colleges Association, shares; “At home highlights the extraordinary artistic talent that exists in our sector. We are holding this exhibition to recognise and celebrate excellence in sixth form colleges, but also to stimulate our thinking about the world this summer. It is imperative that we keep the arts in education secure and flourishing. If young people are to make a valuable contribution to society – even if they are to be successful scientists, engineers, doctors and technicians – they need to develop their creative skills, their artistic sensitivities and their ability to interact with others. All of this will be more important than ever in the post-Covid world”.
Launching the exhibition, Gillian Keegan, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister said: “This has been a difficult time for the entire country but this exhibition is a wonderful example of how creativity can flourish in the face of adversity. It’s great to see how these sixth form students have captured the experiences of lockdown from a young person’s perspective. A huge congratulations to all exhibitors and I wish them every success for the future.”
Displayed is the artwork of Hannah Mahon (Us), Eleanor Pinney (Fabricate) and Jamie Jeffrey (Lost Childhood).