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Smithdon High School

Our art students exhibit at historic chapel

Young artists including those at our school came together to showcase their talents at an open exhibition at the  historic St Nicholas Chapel in King’s Lynn 

The exhibition featured a wealth of different media, from painting and sculpture to photography and digital pieces and has become a regular fixture at the chapel with this being the fifth year.

West Norfolk Academies Trust’s’ Vision’ exhibition brought together work from GCSE and A Level students at the Trust’s four high schools – Marshland in West Walton, Smithdon in Hunstanton, Springwood in King’s Lynn and St Clement’s in Terrington St Clement.

Lee Eveson, Head of Art and Photography at Springwood, said: “We chose Vision as our students are our vision for the future, and thought it was a strong title for the show, which encompassed all our schools.”

“This is our highlight of the year. It not only gives the students a chance to curate their exhibition and understand what goes into running it – it joins the schools in a joint venture which deepens bonds between us.”

Around 80 pieces of art were on display at the exhibition which was attended by hundreds of people across a three-day period, with a private evening viewing ahead of the official opening.

“Work included drawing, painting, sculpture, printing, mixed media, photography and digital, and was from GCSE Art/Photography and Craft and Design GCSE, and A Level Art and Photography.”

Among the art on show was a pencil drawing by Springwood talent Izzy Wright, who won the prestigious Sworders Art Prize last year, and a digital composite photograph by fellow Springwood student Micah Soloman, who will be going on to study VFX (visual effects) at London's Escape Studios.

Other Springwood artists featured included Kiera Hewitt, who exhibited a painting and a piece of digital art, and photographer Kian Pakpourtabrizi, who will be studying film and media at university.

“Springwood  has been running this event for the past nine years,” added Mr Eveson. “It has evolved into a Trust event for the past three years and St Nick’s has been its home for the past five years. We can’t thank them enough for all of their help and support.