By Katrina Ffiske.
During February students from 10 schools in and around Salisbury exhibited their artwork at The Young Gallery, Salisbury.
The Salisbury and Avon Gazette was delighted to attend the preview on February 10.
The exhibition area was packed with students, parents, teachers and organisers.
Each wall was crammed with artwork, while cases were filled with sculptures, ceramics and design.
Students exhibiting came from a range of schools: Leehurst Swan School, Warminster School, Salisbury Sixth Form College, Burgate School, South Wilts Grammar School, Bishop Wordsworth’s, Sarum Academy, Appleford School, Moyles Court School and The Cathedral School.
The ages of the students involved ranged from 10 to 18-years-old.
The exhibition was curated by Eva Gimenez, head of art and design at Leehurst Swan. Talking at the preview show, she told the Gazette: “The exhibition has been going for 10 years,” Eva said.
“After a gap we are thrilled to have the exhibition back. I normally set a theme for the students but this year we wanted to be more inclusive and have an open theme.”
The work really was very impressive and included all types of medium. One wall was taken up with a three-dimensional montage of birds, animals, poetry – a dramatic message to the viewer, encouraging them to look after the planet.
Another wall was an ode to Food Glorious Food, including a large muffin and squares of bold, graphic liquorice allsorts and many other sweet treats.
One school submitted bold black and white prints created from letter forms. One case displayed a collection of bugs created from plastic bottles, wire and tin cans.
Fran Holtby, from Warminster School, was pleased to have a photograph of a mushroom in the exhibition.
“I took the photograph as part of an ‘A’ level project,” Fran said. “I am intrigued by mushrooms and enjoying taking photographs of them.”
The photograph is a stunning detail of a mushroom, shining out from a black background, every gill clearly visible.