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Students showcase creative talents as part of city wide art exhibition

Wakefield Girls’ High School recently opened its doors to showcase the creative talents of Year 11 and 13 Art and Design and Fine Art students as part of a city wide event.

As part of the Artwalk event, venues across Wakefield opened their doors for an evening of visual arts, crafts, workshops, live music, and performances, offering an alternative night out for local residents. Wakefield is a city bursting with culture and the school, well known for its success in educating girls with a creative passion, boasts alumni including artist and sculptor Barbara Hepworth, making the collaboration the perfect fit.

Talking of the partnership with Artwalk Wakefield, Kirsty Varley, head of art at Wakefield Girls’ High School, said:

“The city of Wakefield is such a vibrant and creative place and to make links with Artwalk is wonderful. I am so proud of our girls and the pride they take in their work and this event was the perfect opportunity for them to showcase their portfolios. This was the first time we opened our doors to the general public as a wider creative event and we are overwhelmed with the positive response. The feedback we received was fantastic, with visitors commenting on the ‘refreshing and talented’ nature of the work displayed. I very much look forward to growing our partnership with Artwalk and to welcoming more visitors to our wonderful and creative Hepworth building at Wakefield Girls’ High School.”

A fine collection of work by GCSE Year 11 and A-Level Art and Design and Fine Art students was on display, and visitors got to experience a wide range of work, from photography and painting through to mixed media, ceramics and textiles.

Girls at the school are encouraged to take a multimedia approach and their unique experiences are fostered in order to create a unique portfolio. Through the school’s innovative approach to teaching, known as ‘High Performance Learning’, girls develop their ability to describe, analyse and creatively respond to a multitude of artistic works from a wide range of genres, cultures and across medias.

Year 12 Art scholar and exhibitor Ros said:

“I was really excited to have my work exhibited for friends, family and the public to see. It was a wonderful opportunity to talk about my work and the ideas for my GCSE project. It gave me a range of perspectives and ideas that I have now taken forward in to my A-Level Art work. I feel really privileged to showcase my work as part of Artwalk and I look forward to the next one.”

Amy Lilley, Artwalk co-producer at Artwalk Wakefield, said of the partnership:

“We were delighted to have Wakefield Girls’ High School join us as a venue. We were blown away by the quality of the student's artwork when we were invited in to the school for the first time, and were thrilled to be able to offer them an opportunity to showcase their work to residents and visitors to Wakefield. With Wakefield Girls’ High School being the school of Wakefield's famous Barbara Hepworth, it's exciting to be able to showcase the work of the school’s young students today. Art and culture is thriving in Wakefield, and it's great that the students can get involved and see what opportunities there are for them in their home city."